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FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2008

Friday Quote - Barack and Climate Change

Bill McKibben, author, climate activist, and member of Grist's board of directors: "Hey, congratulations, or condolences, or whatever's appropriate. I know you're focused on that financial meltdown, but it's the meltdown meltdown that is going to define your two terms in office, Mr. Obama. How…

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Spokane River workshops

A series of public workshops is upon us to update and provide input about the current state of the Spokane River ---Monday November 17th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lakeside Middle School Auditorium, 6169 Highway 291, Nine Mile Falls. ---Monday November 24th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,…

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Road block

The North Idaho Community Action Network filed an injunction to halt construction on the Sand Creek Byway in Sandpoint, Idaho, citing a violation of the federal Clean Water Act. The 2.1-mile, $98 million highway is hardly a stranger to delays: The Sandpoint News-Bulletin once reported…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2008

This Land is Your Land

In the time it would take you to whistle that Woody Guthrie classic you could effectively inform the Spokane City Council that you want better land use a priority. In an effort to better understand their constituents, the City Council has created a survey to…

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Down To Earth: Extra, Extra, Read all about it!

There’s a lot brewing at the Down To Earth camp. The inaugural issue of “Down To Earth: A Guide To Green Living” is now available at local businesses throughout the Inland Northwest, further strengthening the Spokesman-Review’s commitment to environmental news and sustainability in our community.…

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Food for thought

In case you missed it, read the story in the Spokesman-Review today about the new biodiesel plant called Inland Empire Seeds in Odessa, west of Spokane. While biodiesel remains a controversial alternative energy source, check this curious passage: Doug Bartlett is the CEO and president…

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Do not mail

Remember our daily tip on stopping junk mail last week? It was annoying as the problem itself. Well, here we go again… The facts remain though: More than 100 million trees a year are logged to produce junk mail which creates carbon emissions equivalent to…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2008

Photo of the day

Photo courtesy of Seattle Get Up and Get On Out. As surreal as the above photo is, it’s actually a familiar landmark for local DTE readers: The Wild Horse Wind Farm near Vantage, easily visible on a clear day during the long drive from Spokane…

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The opinionated moustache strikes back

He uses words like Chuck Norris uses fists. Sometimes skillfully. Sometimes clumsily. Always dangerously. It could only be New York Times columnist and “Hot, Flat and Crowded” author Thomas Friedman. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Friedman sat down with their Green section editor,…

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Gregoire wants economic stimulus. Fast. 

According to the P-I, she sounded hoarse after her strenuous re-election campaign and convincing victory. Not wasting any time, Gov. Chris Gregoire said she is seeking an immediate $300 million economic relief package to help low income families. Included in the stimulus project: Subsidizing energy…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2008

Tuesday Video - The Get a Grip Edition

Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo. For your Tuesday video viewing pleasure enjoy this 11-plus minute animated clip from Plane Stupid activist Leo Murray titled, “Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip. Imagine the worst…

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Down To Earth site news

---Perhaps you noticed some changes to our renowned daily tips? We are accepting user submitted entries to add for the Green Tip Widget--- this feature will appear on our home page, the Spokesman-Review pages, and you can place the code on your site. And this…

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Mt. Rainier and climate change

Photo courtesy of Davesbit on Flickr. We’ve written extensively about climate change affecting national parks but now comes a story via Crosscut on the impacts to Mount Rainier National Park. Author Bruce Barcott discusses the indications of a shifting eco-system where "they're seeing parts of…

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MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2008

Another Green Monday 

What a weekend it was. The Goracle wrote an inspiring editorial for the New York Times, describing a five-part plan to “repower America with a commitment to producing 100 percent of our electricity from carbon-free sources within 10 years.” Gas prices went down while driving…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2008

Friday Quote

"Obama has not only been very clear in emphasizing the need for the U.S. to engage in global solutions to meet the challenge of climate change but also in respect of bringing about a major shift in U.S. energy policy ... The U.S. now has…

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Don't kill your television

According to the Kitsap Sun, a new free statewide electronics recycling program begins January 1st, 2009. As the digital television conversion looms February 17th, and many recyclers still charge fees to accept items, the Washington Materials Management and Finance Authority are addressing concerns about the…

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Lands Council Quarterly Open House

There’s no denying it: Tonight’s weather is going to be miserable but you will still see many people out on the downtown streets because it’s the First Friday Artwalk in Spokane and it’s always a good time. Be sure to check out The Lands Council…

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Stop junk mail!

Daily Tip # 358 It’s one of those tips we can all get behind. Call it a Candid Camera moment: You open your overstuffed mailbox and insurance offers fall out everywhere and you know the rest. What’s a sane person to do? Every American receives…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2008

Google Earth Spokane River

Imagine 350 million people looking at the Spokane River – marveling at the wonder of a beautiful river flowing through a metropolitan area, wondering how such a magnificent resource could be so flawed. Well, it’s possible and the Center for Justice is making it happen…

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