Mon.Mar 19, 2012

France Bans Genetically Modified Corn

Sustainability Ninja

France has temporarily banned the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, ominously called MON810. Due to the proximity of the planting season,” said Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire in a press release last week, the country has “decided to take a precautionary measure to temporarily prohibit the cultivation of maize MON810 on the national territory to protect the environment.”. All plantings of MON810, which goes by the brand name YieldGard, will become illegal on March 20, 2012.

Vegetable instruments to play music before you eat them


Pratima Kalra: Carving musical instruments out of vegetables is one thing, carving them to play melodies is another thing.

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Israeli Students Design a Solar-Powered Water Treatment Plant for Home Use

Green Prophet

Israeli students won a prestigious award for designing a portable, solar-powered water treatment system that anyone can use. .

Matt Damon Spills on the Importance of Clean Water


"We envision a world in which everyone has access to clean water. We genuinely feel like we can solve this problem," says Damon. Read More. Causes Featured News People Video matt damon

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A Forest of Umbrellas Keeps Medina Pilgrims Cool

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Today’s pilgrims to Medina are way cooler than their predecessors thanks to sun shelters surrounding Islam’s second-holiest mosque. Al-Masjid al-Nabaw?, the second mosque built by the Prophet Mohammed, is one of the world’s largest.

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Vegan Goodness! Salted Cherry Cardamom Chocolate Bark Recipe


You’re having a chocolate craving. Resist the urge to down a box of cherry cordials and make this fancy yet simple chocolate bark instead. Read More. Eats News Recipes Top News Vegan

Battle To Save Solar In Remote Palestinian Villages

Green Prophet

I speak to Elad Orian of Comet-ME, who is campaigning to prevent the demolition of solar panels providing electricity to remote Palestinian communities. Elad Orian is clearly a man on mission.

A spectacular eco friendly home built in the middle of a forest


Mridul Jerath: Making use of wood could be termed as one green way to construct your house. They are not only beautiful and cozy, but they blend well with the surroundings as well.

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Canadian business travelers going more green

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Canadians who say green initiatives at hotels are important to them are on the rise, says the 2012 Canadian Travel Intentions Survey. Forty-two percent of business travelers surveyed indicate that eco-practices like recycling and energy efficiency matter to them when choosing where to stay, up 5 percent from last year. Canadian business travelers going more green is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. Canada Hotels News North America Green Travel News green travel trends Reuters

Music Monday: Jake Ray

Wend Magazine

Click here to view the embedded video. On a Wednesday night in Portland, Ore. it’s safe to bet you’ll find many of the Wenders sipping whiskey at Landmark Saloon in Southeast. Sure, it’s the middle of the week, but it’s tough to pass on the whiskey specials and traditional country music. Singer/songwriter, Jake Ray has been serenading the Landmark crew at what has affectionately been dubbed as “Whiskey Wednesdays” for more than two years now.

WATCH: Anjelica Huston Won’t Work if Animals Are Mistreated


Rosie O'Donnell talked to animal lover Anjelica Huston on Piers Morgan and asked the actress about her thoughts on "Luck" being canceled. Read More. Animals Causes Film/TV News Top News Video anjelica huston

Lone Spanish Researcher Aims to Humanize Dubai With Solar Art

Green Prophet

Nacho Zamora is touring Dubai, speaking with various leaders about incorporating solar-powered public art projects – like The Verdant Walk by North Design Office.

WOHA's School of the Arts project fuses sustainability with practicality


Sonia Renthlei: The need to design sustainable buildings has never been so important than today. Since buildings themselves consume huge amounts of electricity owing to heating and cooling requirements, they significantly contribute to greenhouse emissions and waste.

Israeli Defense Forces Polluting Groundwater with Impunity

Green Prophet

Eighteen months ago, Itzhak Ben-David, the Environment Ministry of Israel’s deputy director general for enforcement, visited several Israeli army bases in the West Bank. What he saw was shocking. Fuel and oil were leaking unabated into the ground on several sites.In

New Materials Remove Co2 From Smokestacks, Tailpipes and Even The Air


Scientists are reporting discovery of an improved way to remove carbon dioxide — the major greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming — from smokestacks and other sources, including the atmosphere.

What's Next: Systems to convert acoustic energy into usable electricity


Dattatreya Mandal: As we know it. If solid figures are any indication to go with, we are certainly going through a propitious phase for renewable power generation. As a matter of fact, total power generation capacity from renewable sources at 381GW has exceeded the worldwide scope of nuclear power capacity (at 375 GW), back in 2011.

Discovery Announces ‘Whale Wars’ Spinoff Premiere Date


Whale Wars, Animal Planet’s series following the Antarctic anti-whaling campaigns of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, seems to keep growing in popularity. More viewers are sure to tune in for this Read More. Animals Causes Entertainment Environment Film/TV News Top News

100 Groups Ask EPA to End Wildlife Poisoning From Lead Ammunition


One hundred organizations in 35 states formally petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to regulate toxic lead in hunting ammunition to protect public health and prevent the widespread poisoning of eagles, California condors and other wildlife.

‘Frozen Planet’ Premieres with Rave Reviews


The BBC/Discovery television documentary illustrates beauty of the north and south poles. Read More. Entertainment Film/TV News Top News alec baldwin david attenborough

Nature Vaper Corp. Launches Web-Based Electronic Cigarette Business

Green (Living) Review

Grand Rapids, MI Nature Vaper Corp. Launches Web-Based Electronic Cigarette Business Coinciding With World-Wide Vaping Day Thursday, March 22, 2012 Nature Vaper Corp announces their new business offering a broad selection of popular electronic cigarettes and accessories.

Florida Red-shouldered Hawk

10,000 Birds

Buteo lineatus , the Red-shouldered Hawk , is a gorgeous bird.

‘Plantify’ your garden using FREE online garden design tools at

Green (Living) Review

Plan-ti-fy (pl??n.t?.fa?) verb to design a garden with plants by utilising colour, texture and size that result in breathtaking gardens has launched its NEW GARDEN DESIGN TOOL on Monday 19th March 2012 at 2pm (GMT).

The Proof is in the Pants

Wend Magazine

Denim Vs. Softshell. Here in Portland, we like clothing that’s as functional as it is fashionable. Enter Thunderbolt Sportswear , a homegrown, Oregon-based company that has been selling its high-end softshell jeans since 2010 and perfecting and developing that concept since 2008.

The good, the bad and the ugly: Flexible E-paper displays


Sonia Renthlei: As we progress, our lifestyle changes with us. Concepts that weren’t thought of or were figments of a person’s imagination are now realities. Reading has taken on a whole new meaning with most of it done online or using e-papers. Electronic papers provide for more comfortable reading than conventional displays owing to stable images. Unlike other displays that need to be refreshed, e-papers continue to provide users with the same image on a much wider angle.

World Sparrow Day 2012

10,000 Birds

Residents of the Americas may find this hard to believe, but the ubiquitous, adaptable House Sparrow ( Passer domesticus ) is declining in its native lands. We should all be concerned about this, if not out of love for this prosaic passerine then because the sparrow may very well be a signal species for more encompassing environmental threats.

Future Perfect: Producing hydrogen fuel from wastewater


Rajeev Kumar: What’s happening right now. We have been listening about the green potentials of hydrogen based energy technology for quite some time now. However, it has not been realized much on a scale that is actually required for ensuring our conversion from a pro carbon lifestyle to a carbon neutral one. Reason for this is the fact that hydrogen is an energy carrier, which doesn’t occur naturally. And, the artificial production of hydrogen faces huge technological and cost based challenges.

Worldwide Visionaries Launches World's First 'Global Project Fair'

Green (Living) Review

An online multimedia showcase for individuals, students and classrooms around the world to present their positive ideas for addressing social and environmental issues. Boston, MA, March 2012 : Worldwide Visionaries is announcing the launch of the Global Project Fair, an online, multimedia project showcase for individuals, students and classrooms around the world to present their positive ideas and solutions for addressing a wide range of social and environmental issues.

TYIN tegnestue teams up with Klong Toey community to build recreational zone


Sonia Renthlei: Working together to build up a community is the duty of every citizen and Norwegian architectural firm TYIN tegnestue seems to have done it in spades. Teaming up with a local community in Bangkok, it has constructed a basketball court and climbing frames that will help provide a platform for kids to play and let loose their energy. Klong Toey Community Lantern byTYIN tegnestue. Picture Gallery. Klong Toey Community Lantern byTYIN tegnestue.

More on NC 12

Environmental Economics

Cornelia Dean in the NYTimes about two weeks ago: Already, Highway 12 floods repeatedly and is often cut by storms. Maintaining it “is totally a lost cause,” said Stanley R. Riggs , a coastal scientist at East Carolina University who is an author of a new book, “ The Battle for North Carolina’s Coast ,” which describes in depressing detail the difficulties of keeping the road open. “It It will bankrupt the state,” he said.

Foolish Waste of Money

10,000 Birds

The Metropolitan Transit Authority, the agency in New York City that is in charge of the subway system, among other things, has installed a soundtrack of “distress and predator calls” in the Roosevelt Island subway stop , hoping that the audio will drive pigeons and their feathers and droppings away from the station. It won’t work.

Porsche Panamera Plug-In Hybrid in 2013?

Eco Auto Ninja

Porsche fans (and fans of more eco-friendly sports cars) are getting excited at the prospect of the new plug-in hybrid Porsche Panamera that could be available as soon as next year. The base for the new Panamera will be the same as the 2012 Panamera S Hybrid.

Eco-Cize Your Computer Setup

Eco Friendly Daily

Most of us spend quite a lot of time working on our computers throughout the week. Whether you're really ?working? working? or just ?screwing screwing around on facebook,? we spend a lot of time on our computers. The computer has also

East Africa looks towards geothermal energy


Sonia Renthlei: Rising population numbers, finite resources and increasing demand for energy has led many countries to seek out alternative fuel sources. The search hasn’t been easy as almost every path is pegged with one problem or the other.

The Legacy of Sherry Rowland from the ACS


Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D., president of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, issued the following statement on the death and legacy of., who shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Shakhashiri is the William T.