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Down To Earth archive for July 2010

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010

Friday Quote: The Rules Of Enragement

Not too many bloggers can lay the smackdown like David Roberts, so we’re excited about this new series on Grist in the wake of the recent climate bill death. Roberts: What’s the biggest barrier to progress in American politics? Ask a dozen people at random...

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THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010

Population trends - OMG

"Child survival is the new green." - Hans RoslingWhat will the world look like in 2050? Have a look at Hans Rosling's recent TED@Cannes presentation where he looks at population trends over the last half century and the half century to come.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010

WSU design student Shona Bose buffs the shine back onto the shell of a 1958 Airstream.  Design students are involved in an eight-week course to redesign the classic travel trailer, aiming to create a new interior for a modern user.  (Colin Mulvany)

Own your very own Airstream

This isn't your grandparent's Airstream trailer though - this is a modern take on the American icon in the travel industry. Six graduate students from WSU Spokane's Interdisciplinary Design Institute are in the midst of an eight-week renovation of a 1958 Airstream Overlander trailer in...

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

In case you missed it

An interesting story made its way through the region last week and we wanted to make sure you were aware of it.Dr. Venkataramana Sridhar, the assistant professor of civil engineering at Boise State University, just finished a study on how climate change will impact the...

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MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010

Another Green Monday: Riverfront Farms

On Wednesday evenings, friends gather for a potluck at Riverfront Farms in West Central, 2606 W. Boone, and DTE recently had the joy of experiencing first-hand the power of this special place. Started in 2007 as part of Project HOPE’s at-risk youth and gang prevention...

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SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010


Friday Quote - public enemy #1

"If my doctor brought me biopsy results showing cancer, I would do something about it. Inhofe would likely call the doctor an idiot, say the biopsy was a hoax and have me skip merrily to an early death." - New York Times columnist and Spokane...

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THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010

Colbert's favorite subject

If you're like us you've been suffering through satire withdrawls thanks to the Colbert Report being in the midst of a two-week vacation. Even though we're on the homestretch, we're in need of a fix. And for that the fine folks at Colbert Nation have...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010

Disaster Film Award

Yesterday we posted a gripping documentary called Dark Horizon: A Documentary about the Gulf Oil Disaster that was shot in May by filmmakers from GreenerMedia who traveled from Brooklyn to New Orleans to document the struggles people directly affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster were...

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Happy 20th Birthday Futurewise 

"If you care about where your kids are going to live or if you care about where you're going to retire, Futurewise is the group you need to invest in because their work is the key to our ability to make progress on all those...

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BP has fun with photoshop

This is why blogs matter in a funny and weird way. The AmericaBlog broke a great story when they caught a series of photos posted in the Houston command center for BP. They write: “If you’re doing a fake crisis response, you might as well...

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010

Tuesday Video

* Warning - F-bomb at the 2:45 markThis is a true story of real people. Under real circumstances. Who are really screwed because of the BP oil disaster. The footage is gripping - hell, it's even entertaining and often-times funny. It's sad, it's frustrating, it's...

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Photo of the day: McDiculous

McDonald’s is not beyond sinking to the depths of a greasy ballpit - but this latest fiasco in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is one of the worst localwashing campaigns we’ve seen.Full story and more photos at Grist.

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MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010

Quick survey to help local business

It's cheesy but it's true. It aint easy being green.That's where Sun People Dry Goods comes in. Opening this Fall (expect a larger profile later), Sun People Dry Goods will be Spokane's go-to place for green living - offering products, services, knowledge and inspiration. We...

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Another Green Monday

“I was - enchanted—overwhelmed—with the beauty and grandeur of everything I saw. It lay just as nature had made it, with nothing to mar its virgin glory.” James Glover 1873 upon first seeing the Spokane River. In case you were wondering, we love that quote....

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FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010

Friday Quote

One of our favorite bloggers Jesse Jenkins of WattHead was recently featured on Grist as one of their seven favorite journos and wonks for a two-part series about looking ahead in preperation for cap and trade not making it "over the finish line." Here's what...

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THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010

Transportation Vision Project: Bike/Ped

Last night DTE attended the bicycle/pedestrian part of the SRTC Transportation Vision Project facilitated and featuring a presentation by Portland consultants MIG Inc. For all the regional momentum in regards to bike/ped opportunities, the attendance was surprisingly low - about sixteen people showed up even...

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Graphic of the Day 

Interested in what DTE would look like under oil? A Cleaner Future, an organization devoted to finding clean sources of alternate energy, has created Instant Oil Spill, an interactive site that brings the Gulf crisis right to any computer screen.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2010

Sustainable biofuels initiative in the NW

Many regional airports, including Spokane International Airport, announced on Monday an initiative to promote aviation biofuel development in the Pacific Northwest. Included in this regional assessment are Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Spokane International Airport and Washington State University. This look...

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"The BP Of The Pacific Northwest" 

The David vs Goliath story in our backyard continues. In a press release titled “Flooding at Old Mission Repository,” the Silver Valley Community Resource Center urges citizens to contact the EPA in response to a controversial mining cleanup plan. If you’ve followed this story here,...

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TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010

Tuesday Video: Steven Seagal! 

Who knew the campy 1994 film On Deadly Ground would be so prophetic? In this clip, after mumbling and kicking during ninety minutes of vigilante environmentalism, Steven Seagal speaks out against the BP oil spill 16 years early.As Slog says:Seriously, though: When two-decade-old B-movie schlock...

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MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010

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