- Earth2Techâ€™s Eco-Tour of Google Earth from Earth2Tech
- Aid group stresses link between human rights and development from Christian Science Monitor
Once villagers learn about their rights, NGO Tostan finds, they begin to reshape their communities in order to assert them.
Related: Will TV liberate Saudi women? from FP Passport
- Muhammad Yunus challenges Compartamos bank from PSD Blog
Is it ok to make a big profit from lending to the poor? Where does microcredit end and loan sharking begin?
- California Poisons Lake, Targeting Invasive Pike from NPR
A pike killed by a rotenone treatment. (Photo by Tamara Keith)
California’s Department of Fish and Game has begun poisoning Lake Davis, near the small Sierra Nevada community of Portola. The move targets the northern pike, an invasive species â€” but the gallons of poison will kill many other fish, as well.
- AIA Discover A Global Warming Misunderstanding from Treehugger
Americans responding to a survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) seems not to be aware just how much their buildings contribute to global warming via the emission of greenhouse gases. In the US buildings consume 71% of power plant electricity and are responsible for 48% of the countries GHG emissions. But survey respondents placed them down near the same level as aerosol cans (1%), with only seven percent correctly pointing the finger at buildings as the biggest, baddest cause of emissions. Most (40%) thought it was cars and trucks, while others blamed power plants (19%) or natural causes (15%), with (18% not willing to take a stab at the question.
- Avoiding the Dirty Dozen: How to Afford Organic Produce from Green Options
Shopping at Whole Foods (a.k.a. Whole Paycheck) can break the bank, so what foods can you get away with buying in the non-organic form and which can you not?
- Brazil: Amazon Forests Resilient to Drought from NYTimes
Most forests in the Amazon River basin grew greener in 2005 even as a potent drought caused the waterways in the region to shrivel to a 100-year low, scientists said in a paper published in the online journal ScienceExpress.
The greening in the face of intense drought implies that Amazonian trees are resilient, at least in the short term, to big rainfall changes.
- Time Lapse Video: Yerba Buena Island Viaduct Labor Day 2007 Operation from Metropolitan Transportation Commission via Digg [Video]
Since the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge on August 1st, there have been many stories about repair and maintenance of infrastructure (bridges, tunnels, etc.). This is a time lapse video of the replacement of a segment of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s upper deck.
- Mexican Cities Need More Sustainable Transport Options from Treehugger
According to a new study from the Center for Sustainable Transport, or CTS, by 2015, 27 Mexican cities will have more than 750,000 inhabitants each and their current car-based transportation models will be inefficient and unable to handle a major increase in vehicle traffic. The report urged medium-sized Mexican cities like QuerÃ©taro, TorreÃ³n, Poza Rica, Tampico, Cuernavaca, Morelia and Celaya to undertake their own massive public transport projects like those in Mexico City and Guadalajara.
Related: Transportation Tuesdady: Top 5 Cities For Public Transit from Inhabitat
- The Human Face of Climate Change (Or Why Iâ€™m Fasting Today) from It’s Getting Hot in Here
Related (at least if you have a train of thought like mine):
Save the Darfur puppy from the International Herald Tribune
Blue No 1, Red AC, Red No 3, and Yellow No 6 contain coal tar. Hmmm, tar.