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{Wednesday Roundup} 7/18/2012 This Week’s Top Eco Stories

by Lindsay E. Brown


The Story of Change Explores Why Shopping Cannot Save Us
Annie Leonard’s viral “Story of Stuff” video exposed our unsustainable economy for what it is. We recommend that you watch the video if you haven’t yet.

Her latest story argues that there’s nothing wrong with buying green products, but that we can’t simply end there. At a time when a majority of Americans support clean energy and climate action, Leonard calls on viewers to build a movement to affect real, systematic change.

Packing Never Tasted So Good: The Brave, New World of Edible Wrappers 
Edible packing now? You bet. WikiCells are edible forms of packaging that enclose food and drinks in the same way that  nature protects a banana, lemon or orange. The idea was conceived by Harvard professor David Edwards,  and his designer collaborator François Azambourg. The company is attempting to ween, even eliminate, society’s wasteful addiction to packaging and the millions of tons of garbage it produces.

This summer WikiCells plans to market ice cream in an edible shell to a French audience.

In Tiny Bean, India’s Dirt-Poor Farmers Strike Gas-Drilling Gold
A bean produced in India called Gar has become a big player in the United States’ energy production. For centuries, the bean was used to feed farmers’ famished families and their cattle. The discovery that Gar could stiffen water to be able to carry sand sideways into wells drilled by horizontal fracturing, has been a boon to poor farmers in India.

It’s Simple: Global Warming is Causing the Extreme Weather
You might be a tad perplexed as to whether climate change is truly to blame for every natural disaster that’s happened recently, which include heat waves, droughts, hurricanes, and wildfires. ABC News shares four explanations that will help you understand what’s behind the weather.

Fuel Cell Treats Wastewater and Harvests Energy
Sewage will no longer be wasted. Israel-based company, Emefcy, has created a microbial fuel cell that treats wastewater and creates electricity at the same time.

Video: Public Lands, Private Profits
The Center for American Progress collaborated with the Sierra Club on a series of mini-documentaries that revealed three places held in the public trust that could be threatened by proposals to mine and drill in or around them.

The three places include areas around the Grand Canyon that are still open to uranium mining, a proposal to expand coal mining near Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, and the introduction of natural gas drilling at Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
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Photo Credit: Story of Change 

 

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