Daily Green Wrap-Up 03.March, 2012

Want to shop less and live more? Maybe reading about how companies entice you to buy stuff you don’t need will help you avoid their pull. Martin Lindstrom’s book “Brandwashed” could help you do just that. Martin, a guy often hired by major companies to convince people open wallets to products, shares his trade secrets in this book — arming readers with the knowledge to figure out when they’re being taken advantage of.
Canada’s tar sand oil continues to be an environmental nightmare, but that hasn’t stopped TransCanada from announcing that it’s resuming work on its XL pipeline extension from Oklahoma to Texas, taking Canadian oil through the US and out into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will be exported to other nations (effectively reducing any potential advantage to the US economy to zero).
The football team on Friday announced a partnership with wholesale-power-generation giant NRG (NYSE: NRG), which will install and operate 11,000 solar panels and 14 micro wind turbines at the stadium.
The idea that a changing climate can persuade the ground to shake, volcanoes to rumble, and tsunamis to crash on to unsuspecting coastlines seems, at first, to be bordering on the insane. How can what happens in the thin envelope of gas that shrouds and protects our world possibly influence the potentially Earth-shattering processes that operate deep beneath the surface?
A settlement has been reached in the BP oil spill civil trial with the more than 100,000 victims pressing their claim. Claims by the US government for violations of the Clean Water Act have not been settled.
In Minnesota, a group of young adults is taking abandoned lots around the Twin Cities and converting them into vibrant, profitable micro-farms. Stone’s Throw Urban Farm is a combination of three separate urban farming initiatives. Several of the seven farmers have experience working in rural areas, but wanted to try it out in the city, where the supply of fresh produce is limited and expensive.
Volunteers to help Stone’s Throw Urban Farm are more than welcome, and so is any donations tohelp fund the project. 🙂

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