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Down To Earth archive for May 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Pedestrian Master Plan needs your feedback

As mentioned before, the City of Spokane is creating a Pedestrian Master Plan to increase pedestrian safety and mobility, support a multimodal transportation system, and provide guidance on the best use of resources to implement pedestrian initiatives. Now, there are a few key opportunities to...

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Tuesday Video: How Green Is Your Internet?

The "so-coal network," a campaign to get Facebook to unfriend coal. was a wake-up call to internet savvy environmentalists using it as an outreach tool like yours truly. It boils down to this: Technology isn't without its environmental impact. The web continues to grow so...

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MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011

Memorial Day with Sarah Palin 

“I love that smell of the emissions,” - Sarah Palin at yesterday’s Rolling Thunder rally. I wish I could keep myself from posting about this sideshow, I mean slideshow, but her bike adventure is a loud, obnoxious cry for attention. But it's also a trial...

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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Terrifying tornado time-lapse video 

April was the busiest month ever for tornado activity while May hosted the deadliest single tornado on record. Many refuse to talk about the links between tornadoes and climate change. They should check out Bill McKibben's op-ed in the Washington Post. NOAA offers this: In...

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Friday Quote: Redefining Self-Sufficiency

At yesterday’s Planning Commission retreat, in addition to making an off-the-cuff comment that Ballard is the new Capitol Hill (see my explanation for that remark here), I got into a discussion with Crosscut’s Knute Berger about self-sufficiency. Berger—generally a density opponent—argued that backyard cottages in...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

How to quit coal in 30 seconds

Yesterday I posted about the innovative planning measures the City of Chicago is rolling out to combat climate change - except they're not touching their urban coal plants. In this time-lapse footage, Greenpeace activists paint “Quit Coal” on the 450 ft. tall smokestack at the...

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What Chicago is doing about climate change

Chicago is taking strong steps to plan its infrastructure, thinking ahead for the next 50 years. They're trying everything from flood-proof streets to heat-tolerant trees. The city predicts in the next century, it will resemble Baton Rouge, Louisiana. No more planting the Illinois state tree,...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

481 tornado deaths this year  

A phenomenal warning from Sarah Laskow at Grist: The average number of tornado fatalities in the U.S. each year is 55. Already this year, 481 people have died. Fifteen states, led by Texas, are looking to overturn the EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases endanger public...

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Tuesday Video: Yo Gabba Gabba!

In case you didn't know, I'm a music nerd so when there's an environmental message, I always leap at the chance to play something fun. Here is Yo Gabba Gabba! featuring one of my favorites, Chromeo, on the importance of washing your hands - especially...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

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