Not Quite Jubbling Worthy Fifth Edition: Yellow Page Opt-Out, From Green To Red And The Solar Wind Turbine Bridge

Stories that are not quite Jub-Worthy There are stories out there that merit the cycle of agonizing over our thoughts and limited writing abilities for four hours, and others that might be interesting but are just as well represented by a link. Here are those links.


  • National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site – “Opt-Out“? I think an “Opt-In” would actually make more sense for the few who actually use the book. You know, the Ninja with phone book ripping skills and the parent who uses the Yellow Pages in place of an actual booster seat. Kind of crazy to think you have to give up your personal contact info to get out of a subscription you never signed up for and probably never use. Maybe it’s better than nothing. Yellow Pages Opt-Out
  • Ballard’s new green infrastructure has some neighbors seeing redThe Rain GardengueHere is something local that could be a Going Green Gone Wild story. The Seattle Public Utility used Federal Recovery Act funds to install rain gardens in Seattle’s Ballard suburb that they had hoped would greenly slow down and filter storm water on its way to the Puget Sound. Once supportive residents are now upset and feel the city utility never completed the work and left them with 6″ of standing “mosquito breeding” water, little vegetation and scum collection areas. They’ve created a blog and now refer to the project as The Ballard Raingardengue. Thanks Josh KOMO News
  • A Bridge This Fine – and Eco-Friendly – Deserves To Be Made – If Macgyver could build a bridge, this would be it. The Solar Wind Bridge was actually designed by Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino and would span the 12.4 mile distance between Bagnara and Scilla in Italy. It’s estimated that the generated wind power alone could supply 15,000 homes with electricity and to go further, the bridge would also incorporate solar panels. Greenhouses on the bridge would house off-ramp produce markets. (Macgyver would probably skip the vegie market part). Gizmodo
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    Not Quite Jubbling Worthy Fourth Edition: Fish On Anti-Depressants, Eco-Power List, Wearable Pollinator Frocks Attract Bees and The World Is Sinking

    Stories that are not quite Jub-Worthy There are stories out there that merit the cycle of agonizing over our thoughts and limited writing abilities for four hours, and others that might be interesting but are just as well represented by a link. Here are those links.


  • Anti-Depressants Affecting Montreal Fish – Every Montreal fisherman’s tackle box should include: Worms, salmon eggs, Blue Fox spinners and Prozac?
    Prozac Fishing Lure
    Twenty-five percent of Montreal’s residents take anti-depressants which are then entering the St. Lawrence river through the city’s sewage system. Solid waste is removed but the water is not treated and this allows anti-depressants to flow into the river and possibly into the fish. What’s the affect? Care2.com
  • Eco power lists: Fatuous, invidious and misrepresentative – You have to visit George Monbiot’s blog and read his post “Power Trips.” His issue is with The Observer newspaper’s “Green giants: the eco power list” article. In Mr. Monbiot’s words: “[Lists] are invidious. They extract a few characters from a vast collective effort: generally those who are skilled at taking credit for other people’s work.” He’s got a point – how else can you explain Jay Lenos name being included on the list? Is it because he owns 240 cars and he converted one of them to run on tequila? Guardian.co.uk/Monbiot Blog
  • Pollinator Frock Attracts and Feeds Bees

  • Wearable Technology “Pollinator Frocks” Are Wearable Gardens That Attract, Feed Hungry Bees – This is one of those eco-ideas that has Darwin Award winner written all over it. The “Pollinator Frocks” feature microscopic images of pollen and are treated with a sweet nectar that attracts and feeds bees and other hungry bugs. Other considered ideas: mens catnip underwear and the chum swimsuit. Ecouterre
  • Dubai’s World of Islands is Sinking Into the Sea – Here’s another one that could’ve been thought through a little better – Dubai’s amazing and questionable “World of Islands” development is sinking. Created with dredged sand, a buttload of money and modeled after the 7 continents, the “World of Islands” was going to be a opulent retreat for the wealthy who could stake their claim and own their own “country” island. Unfortunately, it’s sand carried between the man-made islands that is causing them to erode. Inhabitat
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    Not Quite Jubbling Worthy Third Edition: Potted Plant Helmets, Potty Trained Pigs, Green VS Green, Koch Industries Is Not Jubbling

    Stories that are not quite Jub-Worthy There are stories out there that merit the cycle of agonizing over our thoughts and limited writing abilities for four hours, and others that might be interesting but are just as well represented by a link. Here are those links.


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  • Potted Plant Helmets Hit the Streets of Indonesia – Maybe this will pass in Indonesia but if I wore one of these plant helmets here in the US, I would probably get my ass kicked and I’d expect no less; eco-message or not. Treehugger.com
  • With solar power, it’s Green vs. Green – Solar power is renewable, creates jobs, brings tax revenue to cash starved, isolated towns and now faces opposition from the same groups they thought they were bros with. Sierra Club, Audubon Society and Natural Resources Defense Council step up to object mega solar projects. Reuters
  • Koch Industries Sues Prankster For Saying It Cares About Environment – This is classic. Koch Industries has every reason to be upset that some prankster soiled their questionable environmental record by issuing a fake press release in their name that they “remain committed to environmental responsibility and stewardship.” Personally, if somebody did the same thing to me and stated that I was handsome, romantic and a non-bedwetter, I’d stay quiet and hope that it stuck. Treehugger
  • Taiwan wants pigs potty-trained to curb pollution – Farmer in Taiwan has potty trained his pigs and in turn cut waste runoff by 80%, increased their fertility by 20% and reduced the amount illness with his 10,000 pigs. [No comment] Yahoo! Green

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    Jubbling Case Study: Open Letter To Waste Management – Title Sponsor Of The 2011 Phoenix Open

    Phoenix Open Golf Tournament TPC ScottsdaleEarth911.com posted an article about Waste Management’s efforts to “green up” this years Phoenix Open Golf Tournament. Last year, Waste Managements first as the title sponsor, they were able to encourage and reclaim 62% of the waste that was created during the week long event. And this year, they’re going even bigger by including BigBelly solar powered trash compactors, using kitchen collected greywater for use in the bathrooms etc. They’ll even have Recycling Ambassadors around the course to answer spectator questions about what is or isn’t recyclable – the one gig I wouldn’t want at this golf tournament.

    Hooray for Waste Management and the 2011 Phoenix Open! What a great way to showcase your expanding waste disposal offerings.

    But as Jubbling goes, I started thinking about this and wondered if I could help. Thinking out loud: “Last years Phoenix Open… 62% of the waste created was reclaimed… this year, you already have BigBelly solar powered trash compactors… I hope that thing floating in the toilet came from the kitchen and was not deposited by me.” And then it hit me – yes, I can help. Please accept this letter and be aware that I expect nothing in return. [Read more…]

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    Not Quite Jubbling Worthy: Second Edition

    Stories that are not quite Jub-Worthy There are stories out there that merit the cycle of agonizing over our thoughts and limited writing abilities for four hours, and others that might be interesting but are just as well represented by a link. Here are those links.


  • Tropicana ‘snackifies’ drinks with new fruit in a tube – The healthyfied fruit slurry for the power-snacking 7 year old without a minute to spare on actual fruit. Grist.org
  • Ex-Shell president, John Hofmeister, sees $5 gas in 2012 – Is he deep in the futures market or are we in trouble? Make him be wrong twice by consuming less now. CNN/Money
  • Giant Pink Snails Invading Miami Beach Vandalized – The pink snails were “designed to inspire a community-wide conversation about the importance of recycling and its environmental impact”. Instead of inspiring, 8 out 45 were vandalized and we were a little surprised the number was that low. Treehugger

  • Pink Snails Vandalized in Miami

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    Not Quite Jubbling Worthy: First Edition

    Stories that are not quite Jub-Worthy There are stories out there that merit the cycle of agonizing over our thoughts and limited writing abilities for four hours, and others that might be interesting but are just as well represented by a link. Here are those links.


  • San Jose, Calif. Bans Plastic Shopping Bags – And Free Paper Ones – Hopefully one day, this will not be news. Treehugger
  • Pope Benedict wants solar-powered electric Popemobile? – This is already not considered news. AutoBlog
  • Chinese Man Lives in Mobile, Egg-Shaped, Bamboo House – Article about a professional in China who makes a statement about limited affordable housing in Beijing by living in an egg-shaped house on the street. I hope the Chinese government thinks it’s funny or he may get moved. Tonic.com

  • Eggshell House In China

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