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You want to ride your bicycle everywhere, but you don't want to look silly doing it with your 90s nerdy helmet. Well the Danish designers at Yakkay have just come out with a stylin', and updated way to be safe with their new bike helmet covers. It can be fitted with a range of chic covers to transform it from a houndstooth peaked cap to a fuzzy faux-fur topper in seconds.
The Summit on the Summit climb starts tomorrow! Emile Hirsch is joining Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco, Isabel Lucas, Elizabeth Gore, Alexandra Cousteau and many others for a week-long trek that will cover over 50 miles as they make their way to the top of the 19,341-foot African peak.
Just as wars over oil played a major role in 20th-century history, a new book makes a convincing case that many 21st century conflicts will be fought over water. China, Egypt and Pakistan are just a few countries facing critical water issues in the 21st century.
In Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization, journalist Steven Solomon argues that water is surpassing oil as the world's scarcest critical resource. "We've now reached the limit where that trajectory can no longer continue," Solomon tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly (listen to the audio below).
If you live in the eastern United States, then you are no doubt dealing with plenty of snow this winter. Ever wonder just how the snow removal systems work that make your life that much easier trying to get to school and work in the morning?
The snow is "removed" by the use of sodium chloride. The melting snow, ice and rain cause salt to run off roads onto nearby vegetation and soil, eventually seeping into streams, lakes and rivers. This is of course very harmful to wildlife and vegetation in the area. This runoff salt has also been found in residential drinking wells in some Northeastern and Midwestern states.
How can you celebrate, but make your holidays as green as they can be? Read about how to make your own wrapping paper, make tasty eco-friendly holiday dinners, share the ride, and recycle your tree on the holiday edition of our blog!
How can you make your holidays as green as they can be? Here are some great ideas:
Make Your Own Wrapping Paper
Most mass-produced wrapping paper you find in stores is not recyclable and ends up in landfills. Instead, try using creative ways to be eco-friendly. Wrap presents with old maps, the comics section of a newspaper, or children's artwork. Or use a scarf, attractive dish towel, bandana, or some other useful cloth item. If every family wrapped just three gifts this way, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
The Copenhagen Climate Conference ended after 2 weeks of intense global negotiations. Although leaders could not agree on a binding climate deal, there was an interim accord. Nations will share information about what they’re doing to reduce carbon emissions, fund climate change mitigation for poor countries, and protect rainforests, but there was no target set for specific reductions. While this is a step in the right direction, we have lots of work ahead of us to achieve a binding agreement in the future.
Water security, like food and energy security, is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Businesses everywhere are beginning to find out that their water supply can no lo Worldwide Water Crisis: Time is Running Out nger be taken for granted.
Yet around one third of the population already lives in areas where water is physically or economically scarce due to insufficient investment in the necessary infrastructure, according to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
According to a new report from the New York Times, more than 20% of the nation's water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years.
The Act requires communities to deliver safe tap water to local residents. But apparently since 2004, the water provided to more than 49 million people has contained illegal concentrations of chemicals like arsenic or radioactive substances like uranium, as well as dangerous bacteria often found in sewage!
The massive lack of clean drinking water around the world affects nearly one billion people.
Big ups to New York City! The NYC Transit has recently rolled out a new electric bus, DesignLine, that uses a turbine engine to recharge its lithium-ion battery every time the driver hits the brakes. Keeping up with the eco-exterior, the interior is lit by LED panels and has room for a whopping 37 seats (rider number can double with standing room). Currently there are three buses already operating in Brooklyn and Manhattan, with 87 more are slated to arrive by the end of 2010 if these pilot buses are approved.