Daily Green Wrap-Up 2.August, 2012

U.S. Bike Route 66 doesn’t exist quite yet. Like the old Route 66, Bike Route 66 is more an idea right now than a reality. But while the old road, which was decommissioned in 1985, has disappeared under Interstate 40 in parts and beneath overgrown fields in others, the new bike route is being mapped now, on top of the old route and the newer interstate.
Today, the pig iron industry has committed to finally changing its ways – all seven pig iron companies in the Brazilian state of Maranhão signed an agreement not to source wood charcoal that comes from forest destruction, slave labour or encroaches into indigenous lands.
It’s not so much that the following uses are particularly unusual, but rather that nutritional yeast itself is an odd ingredient. It’s gaining popularity among foodies for its cheesy taste and nutritional benefits, but it still has a way to go in terms of becoming the pantry staple it’s meant to be. Nutritional yeast (nooch) is one of the only non-animal sources of vitamin B-12.
Using the methane produced by a local landfill, the system will generate about half of the electricity needs at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The installation is using Jenbacher gas engines qualified under GE’s ecoimagination initiative. That’s about 6.5 megawatts of peak demand power.
Swiss architectural and design firm Rafaa has proposed building a 345-foot solar tower and urban waterfall that will provide power to the city of Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic Games in 2016.
Do you have a massive stack of magazines that you just can’t part with? What about an old road atlas that once got you across the country on an epic road trip? Or hordes of newspapers you just can’t bear to throw out? Stashes of souvenir sticks, rocks, and pine cones from a favorite camping adventure? With a little creativity, scissors, and glue, you can turn this stuff into treasures. You can make a bowl, a vase, a wall hanging, coasters, wearables, games, or even just little mementos or trinkets to accent your desk or bookshelves. And if you’ve got kids, get them involved too.

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