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President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court this week and since an appointment to the Supreme Court is lifelong, we hope she has strong green views.
From her stance on greenhouse gas regulations to her understanding of the EPA, there are many ways to better understand just what shade of green Sotomayor is:
- She supports environmental justice.
Painting rooftops white can make a great impact on global warming.
U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, a Nobel Laureate, noted that basic changes can have a great impact at a climate change symposium in London last weekend.
"If you take all the buildings and make their roofs white and if you make the pavement more of a concrete type of color rather than a black type... it’s the equivalent of reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars on the road for 11 years," said Chu.
Sadly there is still a relatively large percentage of people in this world that do not fully believe in global climate change and those who have completely dismissed it.
Seeking to fully understand the differing opinions in America, researchers at Yale University attempted to categorize these different views and found that there are essentially six American views on the issue: The Alarmed, the Concerned, the Cautious, the Disengaged, the Doubtful, and the Dismissive.
Are you ready for Memorial Day Weekend? We sure are!
There's really nothing more American than a Memorial Day BBQ with friends and family, so why not do so in an eco-friendly way and share the love?
Go reusable! Show off all your great summer colored dishes. But in case you must go disposable, be smart about it. Find products that are made from recycled materials or that are biodegradable. Plates and cups made from recycled materials are available at your local grocery store.
Al Gore spoke to CNN last Friday about the dangers of global warming and how exactly the suffering economy and global warming crisis is intertwined. He discussed how the American economy needs to once and for all transition over to sustainable practices, as well as addressing recent polls that seem to reflect that Americans are not that concerned with climate change.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a multiyear construction bill to devote $6.4 billion toward green school initiatives across the country.
Not yet passed by the Senate, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act would support thousands of new jobs, reduce energy consumption and create healthier, cleaner environments for schoolchildren.
With similar bills threatened by veto during the Bush administration, this has a much better chance of this coming to fruition with President Obama' s school improvement projects as an element of his economic stimulus initiative.
How did you get to work today?
Since 1956, May has been recognized as National Bike Month. The third week in May is designated Bike to Work Week; and the third Friday of May is Bike to Work day. Maybe it’s time to put some air in your tires and hit the streets.
The League of American Bicyclists is the organization responsible for coordinating events all around the U.S. that highlight Bike to Work Day. According to TLAB more than 50% of the population lives within 5 miles of their workplace, which makes biking to work a very realistic possibility, for many people.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a $50 million funding program for farmers to make the switch to organic.
In an effort to encourage the nation to go organic a portion of the funding will be available to every state for farmers to apply for funds under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.