Green is the new black

April 28, 2008

Green initiatives have been getting a lot of coverage lately, and recently NPR did a story on e-cycling, After the Techno Lust, There’s Always E-Cycling.¬† According to the story, “In 2005, the EPA estimated there was about 2.2 million tons of e-waste. And about 80 percent to 85 percent of that ended up in landfills,” with mercury, lead and cadmium winding up in the groundwater and the air. “Renee Montagne discusses various e-recycling efforts with technology expert Mario Armstrong.” ¬†From the article you can link to a variety of e-cycling resources.

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Congratulations to Another Chance to See on its second birthday! ACTS follows the stories of those endangered animals originally reported on by author Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Cawardine in the BBC radio series and companion book, Last Chance To See. Adams, famous for his book, The Hithchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Cawardine, reported on their journeys around the world in the 1980s for a glimpse of animals which at that time were on the brink of extinction. Another Chance to See brings up to date the stories of animals such as the aye-aye lemur, northern white rhino, mountain gorilla and kakapo parrot, and reports on how many of each are left. The news is not always good, but the endeavor is priceless. Learn about how the building of the Three Gorges Dam in China is affecting the Baiji dolphin, find links to rare photos of Dian Fossey’s orphan gorillas, and find out how you can help Save the Rhino by purchasing a shirt or CD. You’ll also find a collection of links to recordings of Douglas Adams’ lectures and original radio broadcasts of Last Chance to See. The subject the serious, but as always, Adams is funny and insightful.

In addition to reporting on the prospects of endangered animals, Another Chance to See offers ways one can help to save species which are threatened by industry, environment and economy. In celebration of its second birthday, ACTS creator, Gareth Suddes has redesigned the site and added a new feature, a fundraising campaign to Save the Rhino; at last report, there were only two northern white rhinos left. Another new feature is a Google Earth download to better visualize where in the world these animals are. Congratulations, Gareth, on a job well done for a very good cause!

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division, here is a information on the conservation status of sea turtles, "air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and large flippers." Included are images and profiles of the species found in the U.S., threats to sea turtles, and international conservation efforts.  For more on the topic, see this BBC News article: Fishing 'major threat' to turtles.  Thanks to the Librarians' Index to the Internet for that.

The U.S. Department of Energy has a web site devoted to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy where you can, among other things, compare the fuel economy of different vehicles and see tips for improving your vehicle’s fuel economy. Source: LII.

EPA’s Superfund Site

August 26, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s web site devoted to Superfund provides info such as site descriptions, contaminants, contacts and laws. The Superfund program was established in 1980 "to locate, investigate, and clean up the worst [hazardous waste] sites nationwide."