Daily Green Wrap-Up 18.October, 2011

Greening Your Home: How to Make Your Own Household Cleaners
If you’re interested in doing some green cleaning of your own, click through for a quick overview of how to make your own cleaners from natural, nontoxic ingredients. It’s the most condensed how-to you’re likely to find anywhere.

If you’re also looking for more ideas on household cleaners, GreenJoyment’s very own Lisa Carey shared some awesome ideas in the post: http://www.greenjoyment.com/recipes-for-whole-house-cleaning-success-natural-and-environmentally-friendly

The Carving is Done… but What Do You Do with the Pumpkin Waste?
So, the carving is done and you find yourself left with a bunch of sad looking pumpkins just begging you not to trash them? You’re not the only one. Turns out that we go through approximately 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins every year in the U.S., the majority of these being sold right around now when the Halloween craze starts to hit. But, what happens to all those pounds of pumpkins?

Solar panels under power lines could be a major electricity source
What if the U.S. could get 20 percent of its power from solar, near transmission lines, and without covering virgin desert?

Siemens rides international alpine solar wave
In France, not all power is nuclear, or even French. Germany’s Siemens, which bid adieu to atoms recently, builds an undulating French-Japanese PV plant in the Alps, with panels from China.


Brooklyn Grange is the World’s Largest Rooftop Farm!
Situated atop a 40,000 square foot warehouse in Long Island City, Queens, Brooklyn Grange took root nearly two years ago and has since been providing the local neighborhood with fresh, organic produce. The farm is an amazing example of what can be done with our empty rooftops — hit the jump to see for yourself!

Robert Redford to Obama: “Say No” to Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline (Video)
And here’s why Robert Redford still tops the nation’s roster of celebrity environmental advocates … In this slick video op-ed for the New York Times, he eloquently and winningly makes the top-to-bottom case for why the Keystone XL pipeline is a bad idea.

35 Congressmen Move to Kill $122 Billion in Subsidies to Big Oil
Who likes oil subsidies? Nobody! Nobody but the oil companies, that is. But as we know, these subsidies, which American taxpayers annually spend billions of dollars on, are extremely difficult to kill. But 35 US congressmen and women are going to try: They’ve just drafted a motion to the so-called ‘super committee’ charged with reducing the deficit, asking it to remove $122 billion worth of oil subsidies from the federal budget.

Starbucks Exec Warns of Climate Change Impacts on World Coffee Supply
This […] has prompted Starbucks and others to take global warming and climate change as more imminent threats. In response, the coffee multinational is working a plan to generate carbon offsets through its sustainable agriculture initiatives.

Windstalk Concept Removes Blades from Wind Power!
Wind turbines are probably here to stay. Over time they’ll become more efficient by moving offshore, where the wind blows stronger and more constantly, and by becoming bigger and more sophisticated (special blade shapes, lighter materials, better internal components in the nacelle, etc).

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