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Down To Earth archive for Jan. 1, 2011

SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2011

Happy Holidays from Thailand! 

That's right. I will be in Thailand for the next ten days, periodically updating Down To Earth. It really depends on internet availability. So yeah, posting will be a bit lighter than usual but what the hell? This is my first real break, ever. I...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011


TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

Cool new map of the Spokane River

Check out this new map from a volunteer at the Center For Justice. I especially enjoy that it includes borders for the Urban Growth Area. Click here for a larger version. This map is featured on the Spokane River page for the Center For Justice,...

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MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2011

FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

Keystone XL: "The pipeline that won't die"

The Keystone XL pipeline isn't going away. After President Obama announced a delay in a final decision on the tar-sands pipeline, there was a Republican shift to speed up that process. But now it's at the point where they are forcing an approval of the...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011

Washington's recycling rate increases

The Department of Ecology says that our state’s recycling rate increased to 49 percent last year. That is its highest rate ever. Pretty awesome especially since the nationwide average was 34 percent in 2010. In the last few years, we've seen more laws put into...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011

TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011

Extreme weather events and climate change

This is a great feature from the National Resources Defense Council. It's an interactive map showing all the record weather events from the last year. According to the NRDC, "in 2011, there were at least 2,941 monthly weather records broken by extreme events that struck...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2011


Update from Durban climate talks: "Get it done."

The climate talks in Durban, South Africa continue as 48 of the world's "Least Developed Countries" have demanded ambitious climate deal from governments around the globe. What does ambitious mean in this instance? Basically, a committment to a level of greenhouse gases that are lower...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2011

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2011

STCU's new branch features car-charging station 

Here's another reason to love your local credit union: The Spokane Valley’s first 240-volt charging station for electric cars opens to the public when Spokane Teachers Credit Union starts serving members at its new South Valley Branch location on Monday, December 12th. From Dan Hansen:...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011


Tuesday Video: In defense of public transportation

Today's feature is a short and sweet 30-second plea for the improvement of public transportation. It quickly illustrates how public transportation is used by 35 million Americans every day but eighty-four percent of transit systems have raised rates or cut services. The facts remain: Washington’s...

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MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2011

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011



THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011

Did you know members of Congress can be jerks?

It's always entertainting the way certain politicians talk about environmental issues. This weird exchange in Congress is no different. The scene is a committee hearing on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), a notorious drilling advocate and Rep. Doc Hastings...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

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