Not sure what concerns me more: the sad, seemingly hopeless plight of the Yangtze River Porpose or the fact that in China, this beautiful animal is referred to as the “river pig”.
Obviously, I’m more concerned about the former. Especially after reading a study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, which reveals that “the Yangtze River Porpoise, the only freshwater finless porpoise in existence, is in danger of becoming extinct”. The porpoise, which lives in the mid to lower reaches of the Yangtze and in the Poyang and Dongting lakes, is feared to soon suffer the same fate as the “baiji” or Yangtze River Dolphin. The cause of the encroaching extinction can be attributed to high concentrations of man-made chemicals found in the tissue samples of this aquatic mammal.
Want to make a fast buck? Come up with a fabulous green website idea, get come serious traffic flowing through it and in couple of years flip it. When I interviewed Heather Stephenson at UCLA’s Opportunity Green conference last year I had no idea she was soon going have $20 million in her bank courtesy of Disney. Lucky girl — that’s a lot pairs of non-leather shoes and bags.
Based in San Francisco, Ideal Bite was founded in 2005 by Heather Stephenson and Jennifer Boulden. The site is dedicated to “making lives a little greener through simple and practical ‘bite’-size tips” and covers everything from ecological washing detergents to non toxic pool filters, green music festival to best charities. Disney is currently on a shopping spree, snapping up smaller acquisitions in the online space that will remain separate from Disney digital media group. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
I’ve come to Paris to get my fix: my cafe fix; my fashion fix; and most importantly, my culture fix. Art is everywhere in this glorious city. From the Louvre to the Musee d’Orsay, the Pompidou Center to the Musee d’art Modern, the galleries are overflowing with works of art to suit every aesthetic and era, from the masters to the modernists. And you wouldn’t you know it, there’s also an exhibition celebrating the environment. In my honor? You shouldn’t have.
Running May 17th through July 12th at the Karsten Greve Gallery in central Paris, the Echo Wanted exhibition showcases the works of artists preoccupied with “themes of pollution and the degradation of our environment”. According to the website: “as international concern for environment grows (as with all major changes throughout history), art accompanies this evolution”. The result is works by artists who have grappled with these issues and creatively interpreted them in all in an effort to stimulate our collective consciousness. Bon. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Cheney Preferred Type of Right Whale – Hanging from the museum ceiling. Photos by Cryptonaut
Should it really come as any surprise that Dick Cheney is using misinformation and sheer disregard for real science to block protection for one of the most endangered species on the planet? Not to me. After 7 ½ years, I understand that business for these guys is more important than anything else. Whether it’s negotiating an energy policy in secret or requiring “sound science” before doing anything about climate change, Bush – Cheney, actually – and his cronies are simply not interested when it comes to doing anything that might prevent big business from raking in huge profits. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
You don’t have to be a hardcore green foodie to know the culinary power of a good oil. But in terms of nutritional reputation, some oils have had it worse than others. Cue the tropical oils: palm and coconut. There’s no denying they taste great, but man, those guys have had it tough. In the 1980’s, critics claimed the high level of saturated fat found in tropical oils was harmful: a message largely campaigned by the wonderful folks that brought you trans-fats.
Of course now that it’s trans-fats that are on the chopping block, new studies are looking back to the tropical oils, only this time as a healthy dietary addition. It seems the plant-based, cholesterol-free tropical oils not only pose no health threats, but actually contain many health-giving properties. Palm oil is considered one of the best oils for high heat cooking applications, as its fatty acid chains remain safely stable under the higher temperatures. It is also extremely high in bioavailable antioxidants, and is known, in fact, to be one of the richest sources of cartinoids — more than 30 times what is contained in carrots. Take into account the high amounts of vitamin E, as well as the ability to help with cardiovascular disease, and it’s easy to see why palm oil is a respected oil in the nutritional world. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
If you haven’t realized it yet, taking on a green or “G” lifestyle takes a bit more effort than pulling up to your favorite drive thru fine dining restaurant (McCrack). A newbie may even think, they’ve stepped right into hell. Seeing the world through a new lens is a bit shocking, everything seems to be toxic, bad for them, killing the planet, the animals and for some reason, just off limits. But hold on, it will get easier as the world wakes up to this green future that like it or not is rolling in like a train with no brakes. Believe me I know, I have been working on this for 10 years and I have to say, I am shocked at the speed at which things are now changing. When we started, I felt completely alone. Attempting to talk to people about living green, was like talking to them about being probed by aliens. Now thanks to the Global Warming shock and awe, everyone knows what green is and wants some.
Living in northwest Montana, this story is of particular interest to me. But the potential impacts are global and huge.. Since the 1970s, big coal and oil interests have been proposing to exploit new sites just north and west of Glacier National Park, a main focus of global warming. The area is one of the wildest places in North America and home to several endangered species, including grizzlies, lynx, and the near-extinct bull trout.
The most recent battle has been raging for nearly four years and has gone all the way to “W” himself, who, for a change, sided with conservationists. Cline Mining Corporation of Canada wants to extract over 40 million tons of coal over the next 20 years and BP wants to nose around the area looking for coalbed methane. The mines threaten to destroy both terrestrial habitat and the North Fork of the Flathead River, a Wild and Scenic River corridor that forms the western boundary of Glacier.
“Committing Air France”. No the French airliner is not being sent to the hôpital psychiatrique. Quite the opposite, in fact. In a very sane move, Air France is making a big commitment to saving environment. They recently held a half-day “Committing Air France” conference at their Head Office at Charles de Gaulle. I was there along with 200 other jetlagged journalists flown in from Africa, Asia, the Americas and of course Europe, complete with complimentary carbon credits offset of course.
There’s good news this month in the friendly skies for Americans wanting to go to Europe, as the limits on flights between the U.S. and the EU are scheduled to be lifted. But don’t start packing yet, because if Jacques Barrot, the European Union’s transport commissioner, has his way, this news will be short lived and quickly followed by no flights to Europe Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Here’s the latest from the saga in the Antarctic seas: Paul Watson, the intrepid protector of marine mammals and captain of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, claims he was shot while harassing a Japanese whaling vessel, Nisshin Maru. But don’t worry, Paul’s okay — the bullet lodged in his Kevlar vest and didn’t cause any injuries Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
It’s about time someone socked it to the oil companies. A Shell shareholder at the company’s annual meeting in The Hague accused the oil multinational of “selling suicide in the forecourt”. Brilliant! Wish I’d come up with that. So what warranted this poetic outburst? A laundry list of eco-sins: Shell’s insistence to press ahead with its tar sand operations in Canada; continuation of gas flaring in Nigeria; and ditching renewable energy schemes including the world’s largest offshore wind initiative, the London Array. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
What is it about whales that makes them so pitiable? Maybe it’s their intelligence, or maybe it’s just their sheer size that makes people really take notice when something goes wrong. Whether it’s a stray whale into San Francisco Bay or a mass beaching, the world takes notice.
Last month in Senegal over 100 pilot whales beached themselves in one night near the port town of Yoff. Here’s a map for those of you like me who have trouble keeping all those African countries straight. Local fishermen worked hard throughout the night to get them back into the water, and they saved about 80 whales. The other 20+ didn’t survive and lay rotting on the beach for where people snapped photos. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos