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Monday, August 27, 2007

The Greener edition: Carnival of the Green # 92

Carnival, this is the fourth Carnival we've been privileged to host: two on Greener Magazine and one each at The Naked Vegetarian and our own Animal Broadcast Network and the largest yet with some 35 contributors.

Thanks to Green Options for last week’s portable feast and be sure to catch Carnival September 3rd on Organic Authority.

And, if you have something green to share, surf over to TreeHugger for all the details.

Mesdames et Messieurs, Carnival!

Simmons at Thoughts on Global Warming asks, "So what's so special about hydroelectricity?" The fact that it's already being used.

David Gross at The Picket Line presents A review of Bill McKibben's "Deep Economy" (2007).

And Miss Cellania at Mental Floss looks back at "Life before air conditioning" and concludes it may not have been bad back when...

Jeannette Kimmel from Intelligent Travel reminds, "It's not easy bein' green" but making it easier, Sustainable Travel International sells mini green tags as carbon offsets to guests when they travel.

The Lazy Environmentalist with Josh D has this on gently used Green Cars: Fast, Ferocious, and Freaking Awesome

And another then from L.E. as they profile TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie: Treading lightly in sustainable footwear.

Anna Hackman, Green Talk, who says she's a new blogger sends us her post,
"Do you get a headache when you walk into your closet?", which she says, "Is not a news article... I was not sure what is appropriate," We think she has her finger exactly on the Green pulse.

Next from Joel Williams a gaggle from Goggles. "Just a few submissions," he says, "That might be worthy of the Carnival of Green."

"We're trying to create a glossary of environmental terms to make it easy for people to understand green stuff. Submissions welcome!" Thanks, Adam

Why not wander over and give 'em a hand with The Green Glossary

Here's one from the gang at Greener and our contribution to this week's Carnival, Micro loans, major impact. Under M for $$ or more to the point "Micro Finance" as in Kiva, we file this as small loans to help the planet.

Sadie one of the talented writers at Veggie Revolution takes us on a field trip in search of bats? in Woods 1, PlayStation 0. Sheesh, could of saved this for the end of October.

A lot has been made about R.M. Carter’s paper, published by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and presented at several conferences, titled “The Myth of Dangerous Human-Caused Climate Change“. John at Hell's Handmaiden read it and files the second in his series of reports titled Bob Carter’s Mythology: Introduction

Marguerite Manteau-Rao from La Marguerite writes, "Garbage and society", and reminisces about the way things were, the way they are now and her life as a child in a small French village.

Tiffany Washko, Nature Moms, recommends Eco Books for Kids - Barefoot Books

And Bill Hobbs of ecotality Blog adds up the carbon footprint of LiveEarth concerts in 31,500 metric tons of fun

Over at the Bldg Blog's post Airborne geology we get an introduction to Alan Weisman's new book The World Without Us.

Next, Emily from inhabitat comes up green and clean with the Cyclean bike-powered washing machine

Pass the Eco-Barf Bag from 21st Century Citizen echoes a little of the "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" syndrome but FFFunny, thanks Kevin.

Also from 21st How to Calculate the Savings from using Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs


Intelligent Travel's Marilyn Terrell opines over The CN Tower in Toronto and their choice of LED lighting over conventional; the result, well take a look for yourself.

G.P. (we figure that could stand for good post, maybe goyim publisher), anyway G.P. has a nifty observation titled Going Kosher... Naturally on INNside Inn Keeping in Montana, is everybody in, inn, into it, intuit!!!! Next time we're in Montana.

Ocean Conservancy's Mark Powell of blogfish has his mind in the gutter literally with this piece, You can't escape drug testing, "Sewage monitoring," he says, "Can now be used to track illegal drug use. This raises concerns about environmental effects and also makes me wonder if we need to worry about 'sewagetapping.'"

Boing Boing weighs in this week with Xeni Jardin's tilt to Steve Wozniak's penchant for sustainable digs, The passion of the Woz: energy efficient housing.

Stephanie of Stop the Ride recycles the cycle with her post about ah-hem Reusable feminine products.

Moving on...

Philobiblon's Natalie Bennett who gets her "fix" on nitrtogen fixing, permaculture and presumably reading checks in with Dirt: how our foundations are eroding , review of the book that moves from how past civilisations (don't you love the way the Britsh spell that) have destroyed their agricultural foundations, to the perilous state of our agricultural soils today; well you grow girl.

The Good Human's David connects the dots in What is triclosan and why you should avoid it. Found in tons of products from deodorants to toothpaste to household cleaners, triclosan acts like an antibiotic, trying to kill anything that it comes in contact with. But that's not the real concern… the real concern is that studies have shown that triclosan can combine with chlorine in tap water to make chloroform and then Jumpin' Jack Flash it's a gas, gas, gas!

C at Lighter Footstep writes, "Blog Action Day, bloggers unit for the environment is uniting -- at last count -- well over two thousand bloggers for a single day of posts on the environment: October 15th. What's particularly cool about this is that most of the sites involved are not part of the green press -- folks like Lifehacker, Problogger, GigaOM, and many others." Add Greener to that list, see you there.

Preston at Jetson Green sent in this, Jellyfish House, Future Sustainable Structures [Video].

Video, thank God this Carnival needed a little eye candy diversion. Thanks Preston.

Intermission II:

Don Bosch, the Evangelical Ecologist, who as always comes through with a timely post, says, "Good to see my fellow elephants greening up..." with this keen observation called what else... Green elephants

A couple of short features from Allie at Allie's Answers (green of course). First Hemp, what is it good for, absolutely... everything. Who knew! Turns out hemp is eco-friendly, different than marijuana and we can't grow it in the US.

Then second piece, Allie sends us is an explanation of rBGH and the benefits of organic milk.

Next a couple of "newbies" to sustainable world frolic in a newfound frenzy of financial freedom and fortune.

We start with this piece on buying local ala Nina at Queer¢ents

Followed by some "sage" green career counseling from Devon at Ask the Career Councelor in It's not easy being green

This last entry by Ann Hartter at Saving Advice called Ten great no-cost newspaper gift ideas is probably my favorite; as a newspaper reporter I feel a little twinge of guilt everytime the paper hits the pavement, I'm a treehugger after all, ask anybody. With these 10 recycle projects to help ward off the guilt I can sleep a little better. Thanks Ann.

Oh, late addition from Inhabitat's Ali Kriscenski Medlock Ames Solar-Powered Winery

In a sunny valley of Sonoma County two winemakers have forged green building, renewable energy and biodynamic agriculture into a bountiful endeavor; the Medlock Ames Winery has come to full fruition beautifully with glowing wine reviews and an operation that is now 100% solar powered.

We mention this because not only is it great news for greeners everywhere, it is the perfect opportunity to mention our newest Greener spin-off, Here's Cooking at You, Kid- they loaned us the intermission piece - and also to introduce our new associate wine guy Mike Rosenberg of The Naked Vine who will be dispensing wine advisories on a regular basis, posts like this timely and thought provoking article on wine production in Africa, "Rainbow Nation". Welcome Mike.

From all of us at Greener Mag, thanks to everyone for helping with this 92nd Carnival of the Green and be sure to visit Organic Authority when Carnival returns September 3rd.

Greener Magazine


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