Bloomberg Businessweek On Hurricane Sandy: “It’s Global Warming, Stupid”

It's Global Warming, Stupid.You know our Presidential candidates are talking about climate change now. They might’ve skipped over climate change in all of their debates but now they need to show their leadership skills and deal with the Hurricane Sandy aftermath.

I sure hope voters will stop making excuses for their candidate’s inaction before Sandy. Because unless you’re voting for Jill Stein, your Presidential hopeful hasn’t cared as much about our climate as they have about their re-election / election. One isn’t less worse than the other – Obama and Romney both ignored climate change until they could spin Hurricane Sandy into a votes and a nice photo op.

Check out the article “It’s The Global Warming, Stupid” in Bloomberg Businessweek and lets hope our leaders refer to Hurricane Sandy as a turning point in how we deal with, and not debate, the reality of climate change. [Buzzfeed]

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Watching The Trailer For Chris Jordan’s Documentary ‘MIDWAY’ Is Not How We Wanted To End The Week.


Dead albatross full of plastic waste.Chris Jordan’s 2009 images of dead albatross’s full of plastic waste is going to get more real. He’s made a Kickstarter funded film, “MIDWAY,” about the isolated Midway Atoll and how plastic waste from our Pacific Garbage Patch is remotely killing its albatrosses. From Chris Jordan:

“The MIDWAY media project is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.”

The trailer is not easy to watch and maybe that’s necessary to make people more aware of what they throw out. [LS]

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Apple And EPEAT Reconciliation Cemented With The Gift Of Gold.

Gaddafi vs Retina MacBook ProSince the release of the Retina MacBook Pro this summer, EPEAT and Apple Computer’s relationship has been a tumultuous one. First they breakup then they makeup and now comes news that the Retina MacBook Pro has received a gold rating on EPEAT’s registry. With a gold rating, the Retina MacBook Pro is considered an “environmentally preferable product” allowing the Federal government, which requires that 95% of their purchases meet this standard, to start buying up the Retina MacBook Pro. How did this happen? Didn’t iFixit refer to the Retina MBP as “Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable.”?

Wired.com posted a great article, from the perspective of iFixit’s CEO Kyle Wiens, about the EPEAT’s epic caving and how it’ll compromise the registry that encourages more sustainable manufacturing and recyclable products. [Wired]

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Free Mending Library: Michael Swaine Mends Clothing For Free In San Francisco.

Grist interviewed artist Michael Swaine to find out more about the once-a-month free clothes mending service he’s provided in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco for the last 11 years. It’s a great article about Mr. Swaine who extends the life of clothing and doesn’t expect anything in return. [Grist]

Find out when the Free Mending Library will be open. [Directions]

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Don’t Hate On Young Conservatives For Energy Reform. Encourage Them.

Just read a skeptical article about Young Conservatives For Energy Reform (YC4ER) on Climate Denial Crock of the Week. And judging by the early comments, you’ll get the expected haters and a little I told you so.

My take is that if you truly identify yourself as an environmentalist who believes in climate change, you would encourage YC4ER’s efforts. No, you don’t have to agree with everything the YC4ER support and no they don’t wear hemp clothing adorned with peace signs but you do need these suit wearers on your side. They’re conservatives who believe in climate change which fortunately puts them to the left of Jim Inhofe. [CDCW]

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What To Do With Your Jack O’ Lantern After Halloween.

Sad rotting Jack O' Lantern wishes he were a pie.

"Wish I were a pie."

In addition to sharing a short 3 week lifespan, Jack O’ Lanterns and Christmas trees also share a disposal problem. Once your pumpkin is carved, post Halloween uses for your Jack O’ Latern are limited. So we searched around to find simple alternatives to throwing your briefly-loved Jack O’ Lantern into the trash and here’s our list:

    1. Bury Jack: the easiest non-garbage option is to bury Jack somewhere in your yard.
    2. Compost Jack: cut him up first and then dump his remains in the compost bin.
    3. Pickle Jack’s rind: if it’s relatively fresh. (Not doing this.)
    4. Feed Jack to chickens: chickens would love to eat Jack. Give him to a neighbor with chickens or take him to a local farm.

Another option is to have your kids paint a face on the pumpkin, instead of carving, and then shine a light on it. When Halloween is over, you’ll have a non-rotting and intact pumpkin that the chef in your house can go nuts with preparing soups, desserts etc.

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