Daily Green Wrap-Up 8.February, 2012

With population growth, industrialization and limited resources, access to freshwater has become a crisis. 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water – that’s more than one out of six people. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness. Water is such an issue that it is a key component in achieving the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals.
WWF continues putting pressure on Asia Pulp & Paper: Their newly released report, Don’t Flush Tiger Forests finds that toilet paper, paper towels and tissues made from APP fiber are rapidly expanding into US supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels under the Paseo and Livi brands.
Ikea’s Solvinden line has included a wide variety of solar powered lamps for several years, and now it’s taking things further, with lamps that have both solar panels and wind turbines. We’ve seen wind-powered lighting before, but it’s nice to see the Swedish furniture giant’s jump on board: It’s a sign that the technology is going mainstream.
I’ve got the plumber coming over today for a small job, and it occurred to me that we’ll probably have to turn off the water supply for a short time. That always freaks me out a little, because I realize quickly how dependent we are on that water coming into the house… shoot, they shut down schools for the day if they water’s out.
The Super Bowl is the most widely watched event on earth and increasingly, this sporting extravaganza is reducing its impact on the environment. As a public spectacle, the Super Bowl is important because it is watched by over 100 million people in 232 countries. Over 100 million people in 232 countries and territories speaking 34-different languages. As reviewed in an Inhabitat article titled “7 Ways Super Bowl XLVI is Going Green!“ 2012 was the greenest National Football League (NFL) event ever.
Robert Hammond is co-founder and co-executive director of Friends of the High Line, the nonprofit conservancy that manages the High Line, a public park built atop an abandoned, elevated rail line on the west side of Manhattan. He and his co-founder and director, Joshua David, have just published a book about their experience called The High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky.

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