Daily Green Wrap-Up 5.March, 2012

Recently, the news broke that a site owned by Amazon.com, Amazon.jp in Japan, was illegally selling whale meat. The massive public outrage in response caused Amazon to remove the items from their site.
Do you want to help force Amazon to ban this practice? Click here to sign the online petition. Every signature helps.
But this Sunday brought crowds carrying as much recyclable garbage as they could haul in two hands.
Mexico City launched its first monthly “Bartering Market” in which residents can trade recyclables for fresh food, homemade goods and plants.
Los Angeles is almost as famous for its choking smog – a haze of ground-level ozone and particulate pollution that can aggravate asthma and other respiratory problems – as for its Hollywood stars. The reason so much smog forms there is because the city is in a low basin surrounded by mountains, with millions of cars and industrial sites spewing emissions into the air.
Designed by Dutch-born Joost Bakker, the Greenhouse project proves that a waste free restaurant is achievable. Urine may seem an unorthodox energy source but it is actually a great source for fertilizer when diluted. According to Bakker, “Urine is incredible for nitrogen, it’s so valuable — you only need the urine of 25 people to provide fertiliser for a hectare of crop.”
Getting an accurate handle on what’s causing the problem has been missing — until now. A new study in the journal PLoS ONE, coauthored by Nature Conservancy scientist Brian Richter, provides fresh insight into the factors behind water shortages in the world’s most important river basins.
Save the Plastic Bag Coalition challenged San Francisco’s Board of Supervisor’s decision to expand San Francisco’s plastic bag ban to cover most business. Those who brought the lawsuit argued that the City should have first performed an Environmental Impact Review.
When you ditch the car for a bike, you’re contributing to the health of the planet and all its inhabitants — but how often does someone take the time to thank you?
To express her gratitude to cyclists in Melbourne, artist and architect Hong Yi, went around the city attaching thank you notes to bikes, reading “Thank you for saving the world…with one less car!!!”

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