You might have seen it a month ago. Mitt Romney took a break from the campaign trail to appear on Leno’s Tonight Show and get a bit more publicity for an already sickening campaign season. Jay asked Mitt how he keeps fit, and Romney divulged that an important piece of his fitness is eating a bowl of homemade (by his wife, Ann) granola every morning. If the Democrats were half as malicious as Republicans, they would use this revelation to discredit Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
The incendiary issue of Japanese dolphin and whale hunting looks like it may be dampening as the nation loses its appetite for both big fish. However, this is due to health reasons and not ethical ones. According to the New York Times, laboratory tests last June revealed high levels of mercury in dolphin and pilot whale that were caught and sold in the old seafaring town of Taiji — Japan’s equivalent to Nantucket Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
“Who says innovative outdoor apparel has to clash with the environment?” asks Nau as they proudly showcase their new men’s Fall collection.
I’m a big fan of Nau – both as a clothing line and as a philosophy. Great clothes, great values. Offering functional designs inspired by the balance of beauty, performance and sustainability, their new men’s collection blends style and substance with a hipness that represents the next generation – a generation striving to save the world.
And since fall is my favorite time of year, it’s the season I get most excited about fashion-wise. Sweaters, jackets and various insulators are what Nau is proffering this season – each with their signature simplicity that allows for versatility, multi-functionality while offering no style compromise. And the cool thing about Nau is that their items are produced from organic, recycled, or surplus materials. Using sustainable fabrics and keeping in mind each garment’s full life cycle, the designers at Nau are on the fashion balance beam, tottering between cutting edge and classic.
I try not to be paranoid about all the bugs, diseases, and mental traumas that await our children, but as a father of two, there’s one I can’t ignore: Nature Deficit Disorder. The term, coined by Richard Louv in his new book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder, is intriguing in its veiled disgust for a world that increasingly encourages children to stay inside where it is safe, engage in virtual worlds, and experience nature as an academic exercise.
In a recent interview with Salon.com, Louv defines the disease as “the cumulative effect of withdrawing nature from children’s experiences,” in favor of organized sports, video games and 100s of television channels. But the problem isn’t just in children; it is a societal problem that has roots in man’s rather recent domination of nature. Simply put, humans are experiencing increased stress from a lack of being rooted in the natural world.
With its annual $7 billion dollar revenue, the beauty industry feeds on our love for hair spray, creams, deodorant, cologne and make-up. Unfortunately, so does our skin. Dr. Don Colbert says that poisons and cancer-causing substances can be absorbed slowly over time through the skin and lungs, collecting in the central nervous system, tissues, and organs, creating toxicity in the body.
As it turns out, we have a few things in common with frogs. Interestingly enough, frogs have lungs; but they have simple lungs, which means they must absorb oxygen from air and water through their skin. And just like us, this absorption can be deadly. Chytrid fungus, or chytridiomycosis, is a fungus attacking the amphibian population via the skin. More than a quarter of frogs worldwide have died from the fungus found in ponds and other water bodies they habitat.
If you pay attention to the news, you probably already saw this headline – Exxon raked in $40.6 billion dollars in 2007 – a record for any company, worldwide, forever. Their mark included a record-setting $11.7 billion in the last 3 months of the year – or about $120 million in profits per day. Who holds the two previous records? Yep, Exxon. They outpaced the world in 2005 (think Katrina) and 2004 (think Bush re-election).
So what does it mean? For those of us in the US who remember when gas was $1.35/gallon back in 2000, it means that the increase in gas price DOES NOT reflect higher crude oil prices. Nor does it reflect that the world has somehow increased gas consumption so much that Exxon would reap such huge profits. It does reflect, however, the fact that that extra money we’re paying at the pump is not going towards a cleaner future. Rather, it’s going towards continued resource exploitation and continued greenhouse emissions.
More good news for the whales. After President Bush attempted to allow the U.S. Navy to test underwater sonar off the coast of San Diego — despite a lawsuit filed by environmental groups and the California Coastal Commission — a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that the Navy is not “exempted from compliance with the National Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Here’s breaking news from the Southwest… but whether or not it’s good depends on your perspective. Researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego just finished a study showing that Lake Mead, the primary water source for Las Vegas, has a 50-50 chance of drying up by 2021. Worse than that, there’s a 10% chance Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
A day after Steven Spielberg announced the withdrawal of his participation in the Beijing Olympics, citing China’s lack of commitment to resolving the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, China defended their policies, saying the atrocities in Sudan had no connection to this summer’s sporting event.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, the Galápagos Islands are at serious risk. And they’re not talking about climate change or species extinction. It seems the planet’s first World Heritage site (and a major inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution) is being threatened by social and economic pollution.
A province of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are known for their endemic species, like humpback whales, sea turtles, albatrosses and herons. While long considered a must-see on the list of travel destinations, it’s believed excessive tourism has led to the islands’ recently added spot to Unesco’s “in danger” list.
< My only quandary after attending the Outdoor Retailer Conference is finding a way to capture the essence of the event in just a few paragraphs. The conference, which converged on Salt Lake City last month, represented the $289 billion dollar outdoor industry and featured major players like Patagonia and Timberland.
From the moment you entered, you could see that green was a major theme, beginning with the Green Steps Initiative, whereby companies could pay a $500-$2,500 premium on their booth to stand out from the crowds and display a green footprint in front of their booth that highlighted their environmental prowess. All net proceeds from these premiums would be used to buy wind credits to offset the environmental cost of the show. Here’s an additional green thought: maybe the show should offset its footprint in full anyway — from regular booth fees — simply as a cost of doing business. And maybe they could even discount prices for companies leading the way in environmental stewardship instead of charging them a premium? But overall, the intent is good, and I’m sure the program will continue to be refined and grow in participation with each show.