The Asianman
hilker:

"Industrial farming, especially of animals, tends to be hidden from public view — and under so-called ag-gag laws, that secrecy could become law.
The laws, so far enacted by Utah, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri, make it illegal to take undercover photos or videos on farms. Some proposed ag-gag laws would also cover zoos and puppy mills, and would officially label anyone who breaks them as a terrorist.”
(via Factory Food From Above: Satellite Images of Industrial Farms - Wired Science)

Um…

hilker:

"Industrial farming, especially of animals, tends to be hidden from public view — and under so-called ag-gag laws, that secrecy could become law.

The laws, so far enacted by Utah, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri, make it illegal to take undercover photos or videos on farms. Some proposed ag-gag laws would also cover zoos and puppy mills, and would officially label anyone who breaks them as a terrorist.”

(via Factory Food From Above: Satellite Images of Industrial Farms - Wired Science)

Um…

aijelethboda:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one deserves more! Elephants in Africa could become extinct by the year 2020.

aijelethboda:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one deserves more! Elephants in Africa could become extinct by the year 2020.

lolfactory:

Mother Nature Does Not Appreciate the Irony

oh dear

lolfactory:

Mother Nature Does Not Appreciate the Irony

oh dear

…[I]n the peer-reviewed study published last Thursday in the journal Entropy, authors Anthony Samsel, an independent scientist and consultant, and Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at MIT, crush the industry’s claims that the herbicide glyphosate is non-toxic and as safe as aspirin.
hippieflavor:

Fifth-Grader’s Petition Prompts Jamba Juice to Ditch Styrofoam | TreeHugger

I find if funny that our local frozen yogurt place has compostable drinking cups but uses styrofoam for the yogurt. 

hippieflavor:

Fifth-Grader’s Petition Prompts Jamba Juice to Ditch Styrofoam | TreeHugger

I find if funny that our local frozen yogurt place has compostable drinking cups but uses styrofoam for the yogurt. 

b-a-r-b-z:

NASA recently released imagery showing the deforestation of America, in just 34 years.

I’m extremely skeptical of the non-photoshopness of this.  As any one who has driven across the United States is aware, there are enormous swaths of virgin forest in this country.  I’m pretty sure they have not all been bulldozed in the last 3 decades.
  In fact, I’ve read that there are more trees in the United States than there were 100 years ago.

b-a-r-b-z:

NASA recently released imagery showing the deforestation of America, in just 34 years.

I’m extremely skeptical of the non-photoshopness of this.  As any one who has driven across the United States is aware, there are enormous swaths of virgin forest in this country.  I’m pretty sure they have not all been bulldozed in the last 3 decades.

  In fact, I’ve read that there are more trees in the United States than there were 100 years ago.

(Source: travelerschecks)

hilker:

(via Why Is Willie Nelson Covering Coldplay on YouTube?)

brilliant. absolutely brilliant.

YES, this makes me smile

nocarbon:

mothernaturenetwork:

The bike hearse makes dying greenerA funeral home in Eugene, Oregon goes the extra green mile by offering their customers the option of a bike hearse.

Of course, Oregon. 

I WANT MY CORPSE HAULED AWAY IN A BIKE HEARSE
And then after that I want to be composted

nocarbon:

mothernaturenetwork:

The bike hearse makes dying greener
A funeral home in Eugene, Oregon goes the extra green mile by offering their customers the option of a bike hearse.

Of course, Oregon. 

I WANT MY CORPSE HAULED AWAY IN A BIKE HEARSE

And then after that I want to be composted

urbangreens:

Recycled Plastic Bottle Vertical Garden

“Design studio, Rosenbaum, designed this garden as an inexpensive small space solution for growing herbs and spices…  All you need is emptied and cleaned 2-liter PET bottles, scissors, clothesline rope, twine or wire, and two washers per bottle.”
More pictures at Treehugger

via captainplanit

This would be a fun project

urbangreens:

Recycled Plastic Bottle Vertical Garden

“Design studio, Rosenbaum, designed this garden as an inexpensive small space solution for growing herbs and spices… All you need is emptied and cleaned 2-liter PET bottles, scissors, clothesline rope, twine or wire, and two washers per bottle.”

More pictures at Treehugger

via captainplanit

This would be a fun project

hippieflavor:

WILL be making these!!

This is excellent. No better way to be sure of the environmental-friendliness of your household cleaners than to make them yourself!

via greengardenhome

(Source: )

smarterplanet:

How big data can save a terawatt hour of energy — GigaOM
Energy data startup OPower says  that its software and big data tools will be able to help save one  terawatt hour worth of energy collectively from U.S. homes by the end of  2012. One terawatt hour (or 1 million megawatt hours) is equivalent to  the energy consumed by 100,000 American homes over a year, and is worth a  whopping $100 million in savings off of consumer’s utility bills.
Opower is one of the rare startups in the greentech world that hit on  a solid software-based idea early on and is now charging ahead and  growing at a rapid pace. Founded in 2007, Opower’s smart algorithms  collect and crunch utility energy consumption data, analyze it for  behavior-changing tidbits, and package the results into a detailed  utility bill that can help consumers save around 2 percent on their  energy bills. The bills can compare customers to their neighborhoods as a  whole (leveraging shame, guilt or the competitive spirit), and  recommend tips for saving energy.
Two percent might not sound like a lot, but collectively it’s making a significant dent in U.S. home energy consumption. Already as of April Opower had collectively saved 200 gigawatt hours of energy since it  started, which is enough energy to power the Empire State Building for  three-and-a-half years or annual energy consumption of the entire  country of Cambodia. (Opower has a nifty energy savings ticker on its new website). As of today, the company is about a third of the way to its one terawatt hour by 2012 goal.

smarterplanet:

How big data can save a terawatt hour of energy — GigaOM

Energy data startup OPower says that its software and big data tools will be able to help save one terawatt hour worth of energy collectively from U.S. homes by the end of 2012. One terawatt hour (or 1 million megawatt hours) is equivalent to the energy consumed by 100,000 American homes over a year, and is worth a whopping $100 million in savings off of consumer’s utility bills.

Opower is one of the rare startups in the greentech world that hit on a solid software-based idea early on and is now charging ahead and growing at a rapid pace. Founded in 2007, Opower’s smart algorithms collect and crunch utility energy consumption data, analyze it for behavior-changing tidbits, and package the results into a detailed utility bill that can help consumers save around 2 percent on their energy bills. The bills can compare customers to their neighborhoods as a whole (leveraging shame, guilt or the competitive spirit), and recommend tips for saving energy.

Two percent might not sound like a lot, but collectively it’s making a significant dent in U.S. home energy consumption. Already as of April Opower had collectively saved 200 gigawatt hours of energy since it started, which is enough energy to power the Empire State Building for three-and-a-half years or annual energy consumption of the entire country of Cambodia. (Opower has a nifty energy savings ticker on its new website). As of today, the company is about a third of the way to its one terawatt hour by 2012 goal.

ver2go:

The  chief Raoni cries when he learns that brazilian president Dilma  released the beginning of construction of the hydroelectric plant of  Belo Monte, even after tens of thousands of letters and emails addressed  to her and which were ignored as the more than 600,000 signatures. That  is, the death sentence of the peoples of Great Bend of the Xingu river  is enacted. Belo Monte will inundate at least 400,000 hectares of  forest, an area bigger than the Panama Canal, thus expelling 40,000  indigenous and local populations and destroying habitat valuable for  many species - all to produce electricity at a high social, economic and  environmental cost, which could easily be generated with greater  investments in energy efficiency.
It was brought to my attention that there is a petition we all can sign to help support these indigenous people and the Amazon. Please take a second to check it out below or comparable petitions that are available. Thank you.
http://amazonwatch.org/take-action/stop-the-belo-monte-monster-dam

ver2go:

The chief Raoni cries when he learns that brazilian president Dilma released the beginning of construction of the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte, even after tens of thousands of letters and emails addressed to her and which were ignored as the more than 600,000 signatures. That is, the death sentence of the peoples of Great Bend of the Xingu river is enacted. Belo Monte will inundate at least 400,000 hectares of forest, an area bigger than the Panama Canal, thus expelling 40,000 indigenous and local populations and destroying habitat valuable for many species - all to produce electricity at a high social, economic and environmental cost, which could easily be generated with greater investments in energy efficiency.

It was brought to my attention that there is a petition we all can sign to help support these indigenous people and the Amazon. Please take a second to check it out below or comparable petitions that are available. Thank you.

http://amazonwatch.org/take-action/stop-the-belo-monte-monster-dam

-prettyinnutella:

This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die | Big Think

Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn designed by Martin Azua made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer.

This is a great idea if it works, but I thought human ashes had too much salts and such to be good for plants…
via oldfilmsflicker: thestralskulls: thekidatomic: leballsack-

-prettyinnutella:

This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die | Big Think

Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn designed by Martin Azua made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer.

This is a great idea if it works, but I thought human ashes had too much salts and such to be good for plants…

via oldfilmsflicker: thestralskulls: thekidatomic: leballsack-

via fakescience
Um, this is not fake science.  It is not terribly common in suburbia, but a lot of people use grazing animals to keep their grass in check.
But you probably would not want to hold the sheep’s back legs like that…

via fakescience

Um, this is not fake science.  It is not terribly common in suburbia, but a lot of people use grazing animals to keep their grass in check.

But you probably would not want to hold the sheep’s back legs like that…

hippieflavor:

Yelo Velo, 100 percent plant-based, biodegradable bike lubricant made from seed oils.
via 12 Lust-Worthy Toys From Bike Fest | Wired.com

Yes, please!

hippieflavor:

Yelo Velo, 100 percent plant-based, biodegradable bike lubricant made from seed oils.

via 12 Lust-Worthy Toys From Bike Fest | Wired.com

Yes, please!