Daily Green Wrap-Up 6.August, 2012

Well, this seems intuitive: a new Michigan University study published in the Social Indicators Research journal reveals that countries whose governments protect freedoms of the press also boast better environmental quality. The report additionally finds that a free press also leads to a fundamentally happier citizenry—also an eminently sensible conclusion.
Papua New Guinea’s government has just granted a Canadian mining company a 20-year licence to harvest its deep sea territories for copper and gold. Once it commences, it will be the first commercial deep sea mining operation ever carried out. The controversial project has been in the works for years now, but proponents count this as among the last major hurdles that need to be cleared.
I spent three days camping and hiking in the mountains of Utah last week and used my iPhone to snap the above photo while slightly downhill from the summit of Mount Timpanogos, which has an elevation of 11,749 feet. In preparation for this trip, I researched for a sustainable, backpacker-worthy solution to keeping my iPhone powered in order to take photos, jot notes, listen to music, and maybe communicate with family when presented with an available signal.
Zucchini is a summer staple in my kitchen. It’s light and versatile. I like to pair it with Italian flavors, such as goat cheese, tomatoes, and basil, and create unique variations of antipasti. This recipe bakes zucchini slices and rolls them around in basil and sun-dried tomato while being mixed into soft goat cheese. The result is a poppin’ appetizer or snack.
You might occasionally “eyeball” your tree to see if it’s healthy. But especially if you have mature trees on your property, it’s worth investing in a professional tree survey to make sure your trees are in good shape. Arbtech, the UK’s leading provider of tree surveys and the sponsor of this post, says there are five specific reasons why it’s a good idea to have an arborist survey your trees.

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