The Green Wrap-up 30.January, 2013

…Short on space for increasing the presence of greenery, the city turned to architect Stefano Boeri to create the world’s first vertical forests, incorporated into the “Bosco Verticale” apartment towers, currently under construction and nearing completion.
Homeowners up and down the East Coast have bought a lot of hybrid converters, devices that turn their Toyota Prius into an emergency generator. In fact, ConVerdant Vehicles, LLC, which offers so-called Plug-Out Kits, sold out after Hurricane Sandy caused blackouts in upper Northeast, said owner Randy Bryan.
A clever new study from the World Future Council attempts to do something I haven’t seen before: quantify the cost of not using renewables.
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the nomination of Sen. John Kerry as the new Secretary of State, by a vote of 94-3. The three “no” votes were cast by infamous climate denier James Inhofe (R-OK), and two anti-environment Texas Republicans, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.
A recent bounty on the crowd-funded myth-busting site “TruthMarket” offered $5,000 to anyone who could definitely prove that more than 5 percent of credible scientists disagreed with the connection between climate change and human actions.
I’ve written before about how solar is a life saver in poor rural communities. Contrary to popular misconceptions in richer nations, however, this is not simply about charity. The rural poor in Africa, Asia and other parts of the world are a rapidly emerging market for clean energy technologies.
The fish near the bottom of the aquatic food chain are often overlooked, but they are vital to healthy oceans and estuaries…Historically, people have eaten many of these fish, too, of course. But as demand for animal protein has soared over the last half-century, more and more forage fish have been caught to feed livestock and farmed fish instead of being eaten by people directly.
Remember all of those beautiful purple organic eggplants that we received in our CSA box? Even though I love Eggplant Parmesan – I couldn’t eat it again! And it worked out because the mister came up with the most amazing solution – vegan eggplant french fries.
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): My fiance has taken a decidedly anti-eggplant stance in the past, but these easy, tasty-looking fries might just win him over! I will be trying these soon!

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