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Down To Earth archive for March 2010


Tuesday Video: Are you bike-curious?

45 million Americans are and Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer says you might be as well. According to Grist, the “Portland politician is pedaling bi-opportunities left and right: bipartisanship, bipeds, and bicycling.” Ha. His point stands though: Commuting two to three miles by bike takes about...

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MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

Another Green Monday

One of our favorite worldwide demonstrations about climate change, energy conservations, and sustainability is fast approaching, and we wanted to share a little bit of good news about it. We're of course talking about Earth Hour - the one hour each year where hundreds of...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

Friday Quote: Outgrow Growth

“When the economy’s expansion encroaches too much on its surrounding ecosystem, we will begin to sacrifice natural capital (such as fish, minerals and fossil fuels) that is worth more than the manufactured capital (such as roads, factories and appliances) added by the growth. We will...

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Update: Special Legislative Session

Below is a supplement to this afternoon's Washington state legislative session recap post. This update is courtesy of Environmental Priorities Coalition and Brendon Cechovic of Washington Conservation Voters. Update: Special Legislative Session March 11, 2010As the campaign director for the Clean Water Act of 2010,...

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Overtime in Olympia

At the stroke of midnight tonight, the constitutionally prescribed 60 days for the 2010 Washington State legislative session will expire. My how time flies. It seems like just yesterday that we were rallying support at the start of the session for the Environmental Priorities. But...

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Text Dolphin

Remember this video we posted last Friday? Well, our interest in the Oscars paid off, and so much more.We had said we were excited about two environmental docus - Food Inc and The Cove, and as it turned out, the Academy was excited about The...

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Transportation Benefit District in Spokane?

One of the best blogs in the region is the SRTC blog. Seriously. It’s your daily source for great transportation news, operated by SRTC staff members Staci Lehman, the Public Education/Information coordinator and Jeff Selle, the Manager of Government Relations. It’s fun, well-written and very...

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Evangelicals on climate change 

This was taken last year but writer Matt Nisbet asserted the difference “between Evangelicals and other religious groups on perceptions of climate change is more likely to be because of the confounding influence of partisan identity rather than specific religious identity.”

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How we commute

While checking out The Stranger's blog, Slog, we came across a post on how Seattle ranked against other American cities in terms of commuter choices: (Graphic courtesy of The Inrfrastructurist, click link to expand.)So how does Spokane commute?Several years ago, the National Transportation Policy project...

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Tuesday Video

What if you could watch a city grow, like really watch it grow.Sure, we've seen downtown Spokane transform and grow right in front of our eyes. We've seen neighborhoods pop up on previously uninhabited hillsides, and we've watched Liberty Lake and Airway Heights explode in...

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Another Green Monday

As most of you know, we’ve been at this whole Down To Earth thing for quite a while now. In fact, it was this time of year in 2007 that we decided we wanted to stay in Spokane and hatched the idea of starting an...

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Friday Quotes from two of the best

Today we bring you quotes from two of the most important people in the climate change movement - Al Gore and Bill McKibben - two people we very much look up to, and two names we love seeing in bylines. Recently, The Goracle and McKibben...

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Walking the green carpet... 

A long running-time. Bad jokes. Bad movies. Fluff. And somehow, we remain interested in the Oscars for a simple reason: We love film, and more importantly, love to talk about film. Good or bad. However, a few environmental picks stand out this Sunday. Grist highlighted...

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Tracking the great Missoula floods

"You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?" Next time you find yourself driving through the Palouse, or out and around the outlying parts of the county, look around and ask yourself, "what happened here 15,000 years ago?" The answer is this -...

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Cyclist death in Spokane 

It was a somber ride to work yesterday morning after hearing the news of a fatal bike collision. In one of the more unsafe intersections in the city, Scott Reckord drove his pickup north on one-way Division and turned left to head west on Sprague...

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Image of the day - Pebble Mine

It's been a little while since we've written about the Pebble Mine - in fact only once since we've moved to the new site. But rest assured, that nasty project is never for from our minds. We've kept in good contact with the Sportsman' Alliance...

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A REAL food challenge 

Wow - we feel so inadequate in the shadow of Novella Carpenter.Fresh off yet another 7vs7 food challenge, and with our eyes set on another food challenge, we were reminded just how hardcore Novella Carpenter is. You might remember Carpenter, the self-proclaimed renegade and urban...

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Another Green Monday: Spiceavore

WARNING: TODAY’S INTRODUCTION IS DIFFERENT. For those readers who rather read about the more serious topics of climate change and the Clean Water Act, we suggest skipping to after the jump. If not, then proceed.We just finished the Spokavore challenge and now it’s on to...

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