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Down To Earth archive for Jan. 1, 2011

TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011

Tuesday Video: Earth Hour 

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with...

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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

Full Circle brings Farm-to-Table service to Spokane

Exciting news from Kirsten Mabry at Full Circle, a fast-growing Pacific Northwest company and national leader of the good food movement: They are in Spokane! Exciting news indeed. They provide healthy and organically grown food -- including growing more than 200 varieties of certified organic,...

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Another Green Monday: Support KYRS

It’s hard to believe that Bart Mihailovich and I have been doing our weekly environmental news and perspectives show on KYRS – Thin Air Community Radio for over a year now. It’s been a wonderful experience and we look forward to continuing our commitment to...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011

Why Fukushima is not Chernobyl 

Yesterday's Tuesday Video looked back at Chernobyl with a rare glimpse into the dangers of radiation- but now we're finding more factors which will fortunately prevent Fukushima from reaching those levels. According to the Guardian: A concern for the people not just of Japan but...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011

Tuesday Video: This is what a meltdown looks like 

The explosion at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was elevated to a "serious accident" on a level just below Chernobyl. The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale -- or INES -- goes from Level 1, which indicates very little danger to the general population. "It's...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011

The Future Of Mt. Spokane 

How did a season go by without news of Mt. Spokane? Sheesh. First, a disclaimer: I love Mt. Spokane and it was one of our featured "Seven Wonders." But a while back, it received the fifth worst environmental scorecard rating for a ski resort in...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

How bicycling will save the economy 

If we let it. Elly Blue has a series on Grist about bikes and the economy. (If this infographic isn't coming in clear, check it out here. In her latest column, she writes, "the bicycle economy, unlike its fancier cousin transit-oriented development, is not about...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

Tuesday Video: Gulf Coast Blues at Whitworth 

The oil keeps rolling in with the tide and the aftermath of BP's spill continues while lawmakers ignore the scarred Gulf. Rosina Phillipe of the Atakapa tribe said, "There are tremendous amounts of fish kills in some places, there are porpoises still dying being washed...

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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

Can we learn from a small town in Maine?

Chrys Ostrander, the manager at p.e.a.c.h. Community Farm at Pine Meadow, sent an update on an exciting new food ordinance in Sedgwick, Maine. They have become the first town in the nation, to exempt direct farm sales of food, fresh and processed, and foods made...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2011


THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011

"Streets are no longer just for cars"

Good news out of Olympia: The two Complete Streets bills are moving along nicely. State Rep. Jim Moeller’s (D-49, Vancouver) “complete streets” bill, which gives cities incentives to pass ordinances that make city planners consider the needs of pedestrians and bikers when building new streets,...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

Solution to save WIC funding from budget cuts 

Two weeks ago I mentioned the unfair cuts to agriculture, specifically to WIC funding. Here’s your chance to speak out. For a little background, the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) provides vouchers to low-income mothers and children to purchase healthy fruits and vegetables...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

2011 Earth Day Essay Contest

I'm proud to announce this wonderful opportunity from Down To Earth as Get Lit! and Earth Day approaches: To help commemorate Earth Day 2011, DowntoEarthNW.com is inviting writers and thinkers to put pencils to paper and share what Earth Day means to them in today’s...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

Guest post: Air pollutants

Today's guest post comes from Krista Peterson, regarding the health of individuals and how they can avoid environmental elements that can lead to chronic and terminal illness: The green movement is gaining popularity and purpose, as it should. Many are becoming aware of what is...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Tuesday Video: Waste Land

Sorry for the slow posting of late - I'm returning from a debate tournament in Berkeley this week. In the meantime, check the trailer for the Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land. It's an amazing film. The central figures are Brazilian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz and the...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2011

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