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$25 Million Offered In Climate Challenge

Posted by TheGreen on 07/06 at 02:35 AM
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On February 9th 2007, British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, with former vice president Al Gore at his side, offered a $25 million prize Friday to anyone who can come up with a way to blunt global climate change by removing at least a billion tons of carbon dioxide a year from the Earth’s atmosphere. Branson, saying that the “survival of our species” is imperiled by current environmental trends, said the prize was similar to cash inducements that led to some of history’s most notable achievements in navigation, exploration and industry. A competition launched in the 17th century, he said, resulted in the creation of a method to accurately estimate longitude. You can visit Sir Richard Branson’s new site outlining this contest here. If this contest is anywhere near as successful as the Ansari X Prize, we will be in for quite a ride!

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Recycling in the country side

Posted by TheGreen on 07/05 at 08:14 PM
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Out here in the country our recycling is picked up every 2 weeks, and by that time our 320 litre bin is full. It doesn’t have to be.

A generation ago you went to the butcher and got a piece of steak and it was wrapped in brown paper. Today that same steak would have a styrofoam backing and one, if not two layers of clear plastic wrapping.

Then there is the sheer amount of packaging that comes with almost any consumer goods these days. Anyone with kids knows the joys of spending Christmas day trying to extricate toys from layers of plastic and carboard, cutting wire ties, plastic tie wraps and rearranging the skin on your fingers in the process.

We all feel better when we throw stuff into the recycle bin. But that’s still stuff being used for no good purpose. Consumers have to start demanding less packaging. Less packaging means less use, less energy used, and a real benefit to the environment. Stop it at the source.

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Recycle this

Posted by TheGreen on 07/05 at 07:11 PM
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In a letter to the editor in todays The Chronicle, Warren M. from Beaconsfield QC wrote in a rather depressing siting from the Canada Day celebration at Centennial Park. Apparently much to his delight, blue recycling boxes were placed beside most of the trash bins, which in itself should make people a little happier about what our cities are doing for us. That delight then turned to disbelief after the days festivities ended. After a group went around and removed all the aluminum cans so they could most likely be recycled, “I watched the cleanup staff emptying the recycling boxes into the gargabe bags”, wrote Warren.

It would appear that there was no intention of the city of Beaconsfield ever actually recycling the days waste, or was there? Perhaps the city had god intentions and the staff just could care about our cities and our planet? Quite frankly, this makes me question any recycling boxes that city now puts out. What sort of guarantee do we have that the city is not just putting out the blue bins for show?

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San Francisco says no to bottled water

Posted by TheGreen on 06/30 at 02:31 AM
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Is city water better than bottled water? Mayor Gavin Newsom thinks so. Newsom has issued an executive order banning city departments from buying bottled water, even for water coolers. The ban goes into effect July 1, and will extend to water coolers by December 1. The move was billed as a way to help stem global warming and save taxpayer money.

Note from James: This is something that is long over due in my opinion. Hopefully Montreal will see fit to follow this lead.

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