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Carnival of the Green #59

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Welcome to the first Carnival of the Green for 2007, and being the first one in three weeks, it's triple packed.  Up top we've got word from Carnival founder and Hippyshopper emeritus Al Tepper, who was tapped to write Blogbridge's 'Green Planet' expert topic guide.  His list, in alphabetical order: Eco Worrier from Times Online, ecorazzi, Greenpeace, Gristmill from Grist, Hippyshopper (!), Joel Makower, RealClimate, The Oil Drum, Treehugger and WorldChanging.  Wow.  That's amazing company to be in and thanks are due from me and (again, alphabetically) John, Katie, Ken and Sarah.  Now, on with the carnival!

Companies providing carbon offsets are springing up nearly as fast as the trees they're planting.  To help you decide the right one for you, David of The Good Human has prepared a guide titled Buying Carbon Offsets - Which Company Do You Choose.

Give a man a battery and he has a flashlight until the thing burns out and he stubs his toes.  But, Vihar Sheth of Green Rising points out in  Turn On Your Love Light, give a man a microcredit loan and he'll buy solar panels and energy efficient bulbs, giving himself a permanent light, and he'll pay that loan back, too.  Sheth also writes about the new class of  Responsible MBAs.

Tracy Stokes EcoStreet has a post on Free car recycling in the EU, which is "about the new End of Life Vehicles Directive.  Car manufacturers are being made to pay for the recycling of vehicles of all ages."  Hippyshopper's awesome Sarah Painter also picked this up under Manufacturers to cover cost of car scrapping.

Phil for Humanity asks, "Can You Guess One of Biggest Wastes of Electricity? -From the Other Grinch".  It isn't toasters.  Phil also posits some  Solutions for Saving the Planet and Humanity.

Nina of Queercents addresses the same problem in her post titled LED Holiday Lights: Eco-Friendly & Reduces Your Electric Bill.  "In Deck the Halls," she notes, "Danny DeVito decorates his house with Christmas lights in an excessive attempt to make it become visible from space. It made me think again about the environmental impact lights have on the environment and motivated me to search for and switch to the LED alternative this holiday season."  I stocked up on low-cost strings after Christmas - though I'd already made a point of throwing out any remaining conventional lights during this year's decoration process.  Nina also writes on  The Small House Movement vs. Big, Bad Houses, noting that "the tiny home movement has received lots of attention but unfortunately, big is still perceived as better when it comes to housing."

Jade L. Blackwater - normally of Arboreality - has "a guest-blog at Garden Rant on the subject of Christmas trees.  This post discusses green ways to enjoy Christmas trees from start to finish, including cut and live tree selection, and tree-cycling.  To compliment my guest-blog at Garden Rant, I have also written a post on how to care for and plant a live Christmas tree, which you can find here: Detailed information on how to care for and plant live Christmas trees.

While not normally a green blog, Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket brings us Post-Holiday Commentary - cause aren't we all going green?

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Hippyshopper's last carnival of the green was the "Save The Ribble" edition, and this time around you can pick up Save The Ribble's New Year Resolutions.  Ribble poster Riversider also raises issues regarding the Riversway Riverworks Consultation - Ignoring the Questions That Most Concern Residents

The Groovy Green staff have posted their own, and would like to hear your, Steps Toward A Solution and New Year's Resolutions.

I can't help liking the nickname for the Generative Transformation blog - and their message on The Economics of Self-Awareness by Brandon Peele is pretty interesting also.  In related news, Stentor Danielson has A Political Ecology Lesson for Ronald Bailey, rebutting the idea that "urbanization and globalization will solve all our problems".

Tucked back in the Community Action tent that the Green Festival last month," notes writer, model, actress and environmentalist Victoria E,  "it was easy to miss the collection of over 30 local and national non-profits. It could stand to be argued that this small collection of tables was the most important at the entire event, yet they were relegated to a tent outside."  Her detailed dissection of this problem is located at Local non-profits: the heart of the Green Festival.  She follows this up in Green Buyouts: Corporate Progression or Mainstream Trickery, asking, "Am I the only one who is getting sick of hearing about small, homegrown eco-brands being bought by big corporations and investment groups? By no means am I against the development of a just and planet-friendly company, but this is getting ridiculous. Is it impossible for a company to be profitable without "submitting" to the bigwigs who harvested the problems with our current marketplace?"

Matthew Paulson at Getting Green tells you Why Should You Be "Getting Green"?

As a Canadian during the demise of fishing in Newfoundland's Grand Banks, I'm painfully aware of Veggie Revolution's point about a New book about how overfishing is changing the world.  "Sally Kneidel, biologist and co-author of Veggie Revolution, writes about Charles Clover's new book, The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat.  Clover makes a strong case that most fish stocks will collapse within the next 50 years, due to more efficient fishing methods and world population growth. But he proposes solutions that will work, if we demand that they be implemented."  Also at Veggie Revolution, Sally Kneidel, provides the Top 6 Ways to Protect Wildlife from Commercial Trade.  "More than 650 wild animals were imported into the United States in the last three years.  Sally Kneidel, PhD, writes about the illegal trade in wildlife and animal body parts - for traditional medicines, for pets, for research.  She lists 6 ways to avoid contributing to this destructive trafficking."

Won't you Join Us In Creating a Better Tomorrow?  Justin Lowery invites all to blog4brains.com.

Climate change: learning from Norway contains "Some notes on Norwegian climate change policy, and a comparison with New Zealand's," from Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn.

From Don Bosch of Evangelical Ecologist: After 30 years of Saddam’s stalinist rule and nearly four years since he was deposed, a democratic Iraq is making great strides on the environment in its own right, and with the help of the international environmental community. Don Bosch at The Evangelical Ecologist looks at the new Iraqi Environmental Ministry, including their exceptional work to restore the Mesopotamian Marshlands nearly destroyed by the late dictator."  Read on in The Desert Blooms.

Mr Juggles recommends we  Make Emissions Delicious, Stop Global Warming at Long or Short Capital.

When Constance Brown moved from Arizona to Indiana two years ago, she was struck by a major difference: people in Indiana don't think about water every day the way people in Arizona do.  At the Greener News Room, she writes about how Trees manage water, even in arid environments.  "Water scarcity is slowly becoming a fact of life in increasingly large areas."

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Nathan of Greenthinkers writes about the Enviro Mighty Mouse: "Apple has been granted a patent for a hybrid low power computer mouse. Basically, this 'green' mouse will use two different mechanisms to track its movement on your desk - an optical tracking sensor and a new feature, an accelerometer."  I also covered this at Apple Patents Hybrid Low Power Computer Mouse.

Judy Kingsbury of Savvy Vegetarian proclaims: Attention Hippy Shoppers! Save Your Health AND The Planet: Find Out Why You Should Avoid GMO Foods Like The Plague That They Are!

Growth is Madness! has a great photo, not to mention its article Did someone say, “steady state economy”? which proposes that not just corporations should be able to trade emissions credits - but that every adult should have their own "Tradable Energy Quotas" that would be "(initially carbon-linked, but eventually, once clean energies are relatively pervasive, just energy-linked ), with the option to buy more or sell their surplus."

And finally, a hat-trick from Matt: two recommendations and one of his own.  He brings us Hunger and food insecurity in the Latino community at U.S. Food Policy, What Ollie Moore Wants from Santy at olliesplace and his own predictions for An Organic 2007? at Organic Researcher.   Thanks thrice, Matt - and thanks to all others who submitted to Carnival of the Green #59.  Let's all have that green year Matt (and all of us) are hoping for.  [GT]

Carnival of the Green #58 was hosted by Cocolico on December 18th, 2006, and Carnival of the Green #60 will be hosted by One/Change on January 15, 2007.  Carnival of the Green is based at Treehugger.    [GT/Gabrielle Taylor, Editor, Hippyshopper]

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