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Down To Earth archive for June 2010


Smart Irrigation Month

July is Smart Irrigation Month.We had no idea there was such a thing. But right on! What a cool month. Being that it was such a wet June, we're hoping everyone lazily gets into watering in July. But just in case that's not the instance,...

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“Is drunk bicycling better than drunk driving?"

Sure. But we don’t suggest either. There’s a thought-provoking dialogue between Eric DePlace of Sightline and Jonathan Hiskes at Grist. Hiskes was curious why we mandate parking in bars if driving in general and drunk driving especially harm the public: There's a larger lesson here...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010

Tuesday Video

It's no Schoolhouse Rock video, but it's definately the simplest explanation the CLEAR Act, the energy and climate bill from our own Senator Maria Cantwell and Maine Senator Susan Collins. And not to be outdone, Senators Lieberman and Kerry produced their own video presenting their...

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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

Real or hoax? 

What do you think readers?Here's what the Christian Science Monitor has to say about this video that's making its way around the internets.

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Another Green Monday

After the warm weekend, it feels like summer is finally here folks. For real. Due to the weather, we’re noticing more bikes coming out of hiding on the road. Hopefully, everybody is aware how much is happening that affects two wheel riders as we strive...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010

Friday Quote: Chris Hedges 

"The corporate state is a runaway freight train. It shreds the Kyoto Accords in Copenhagen. It plunders the U.S. Treasury so speculators can continue to gamble with billions in taxpayer subsidies in our perverted system of casino capitalism. It disenfranchises our working class, decimates our...

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Hey, it's Recycle Week

Sorry about the late notice, but WooHoo! it's Recycle Week (July 21-27).From Recycle Now: Recycle Week aims to raise awareness of recycling and reuse and encourage people to waste less in order to reduce the amount of waste which goes to landfill. This year the...

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Photo of the day

Mass extinction.Irreversible damage to food chain.An ecosystem is merely a calculated loss in the day and age of corporate rights. If you don't like that, stand up and fight for rights of nature. Until then, a BP oil spill will happen today, tomorrow, the next...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010

Tuesday Video II: 180 Degrees South

Yvon Chouinard is the man. He’s a legendary name in rock climbing circles, fashioning his own tools due to lack of funds. He also founded Patagonia gear and apparel which helped pave the way for environmentally friendly businesses. Now comes a documentary titled 180 Degrees...

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

Another Green Monday

We've been writing and talking a lot lately about the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico. We try to strike a balance on this blog with local issues and important national and global issues, but since we're all connected on this planet it's easy to...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010

Friday Quote - the Ragin Cajun 

On Monday we talked about the new Rolling Stone magazine and the piece by Tim Dickinson titled “The Spill, the Scandal, and the President." Into that article in the actual magazine (not a web feature) was a little feature box with an interview with Louisiana...

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Working Snake River for Washington goes West

Last month we were pleased to report on local business owners and community leaders who called on Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray to bring together all interests - farmers, fishermen, energy users, business owners and local leaders-to craft a long term science -based...

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Teaching climate change in schools - the next great battle in education. First, South Dakota put forth a measure to teach public school students that climate change wasn't real. Now, residents in Mesa County, Colorado have presented a petition to their school board asking that...

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You lose yourself, you reappear

President Obama has been ripped apart from the left and right for his address on the oil spill. Even the Huffington Post had “JUNK SHOT” on the cover of their homepage.But was it really that bad? Not all of it. Check this excerpt: "For decades,...

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Remember Referendum 1? 

Just over a year ago, August 18, 2009 to be exact, Seattle voters said NO to Referendum 1 in the primary election. Referendum 1 if you recall would've charged shoppers 20-cents per paper and plastic grocery bag. According to the Seattle P-I, "the American Chemistry...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010

Good news graphic

According to Sightline, measured per person, gasoline consumption in the Northwest states fell last year to its lowest level since 1965. Check their flickr pool for an awesome collection of maps and graphics the site is known to feature.

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010

Another Green Monday

What do President Obama and The Tea Party have in common? They’re both partially to blame for the oil spill. (Graphic courtesy of Grist. Read their breakdown HERE.)Let’s start with Obama. In the new Rolling Stone, Tim Dickinson has a great piece titled “The Spill,...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Friday Quote

"One thing you can do is fund advanced nuclear. I’m a big fan of that and am working in that area. Nuclear energy is a baseload—meaning it’s power that you can run any time you want, day or night—and carbon-free. Another kind of R&D to...

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Image of the day

So you're saying you've seen this already. BUT, have you seen others? Because we were amazed by this thing (and admittedly a little frightened) we went looking for other sinkholes, holes or other natural occurrences and what we found was a blog featuring a dozen...

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