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[1THING] Blog: Archive for December, 2016

[ Commitment to preserving Native American culture and treasured lands recognized by designation of Bears Ears and Gold Butte national monuments ]

Jennifer Dickson

President Obama acted on the urging of several Native American tribes and their supporters by designating national monuments in Nevada and Utah. This action followed years of public demand for better protections and the growing threats from looting, vandalism and theft.

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[ A Fun Winter Projet Reusing Toilet Paper Rolls ]

Toilet Paper Roll Snowflakes:

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[ America needs critical energy data in a “post-fact” world: 2 quick examples ]

As climate scientists rush to save critical data before the Trump administration takes over, there is growing concern that other government datasets could also be imperiled.

     
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[ Tips for a Green New Year’s Eve Party ]

Hosting a New Year’s Eve Party?  This year make your Eve a little greener with these easy Green Party tips from NEW YEARTreeHugger:

Beat the crowds:

Stay home and host your own ring-in-the-new shindig.  You’ll save transportation emissions–and, of course, money. You’ll also be able to better control the environmental impact of your night, from sending out email invitations to preventing the food and paper waste that comes from bars and restaurants.  Even the Times Square ball is a little greener since switching to LED bulbs in 2006.

Choose glass over paper:

Skip the plastic cups and plates and use glass instead. Forego the New Year’s Eve-themed paper napkins in favor of cloth napkins. After the party, load up the dishwasher, put a load of laundry in and rest easy knowing that you aren’t shipping a garbage bag full of waste to the local landfill.  If you don’t own enough china and glassware for all your friends, rent some: they look nicer, they’re reusable, and you still won’t wake up to a sink full of dishes. Check Rental HQ to find a rental location in your area.

Satisfy the appetites:

Keep it simple with a spread of easy appetizers, homemade salsa or hummus, and fresh fruit and vegetable trays-with organic ingredients grown as close to you as possible (preferably from within 100 miles).  If you live in parts of the world where markets close for the winter, you can order online from Local Harvest’s vendors–you can buy some carbon offsets to balance out the shipping expenditure.   No matter what you choose, support local farmers and markets when you shop for ingredients, and choose free-range meat, organic fruit, and other natural supplies whenever you can.

Pour some green drinks:

Get your guests in the party spirit with a bar well-stocked with eco-friendly cocktails–whether it’s organic vodka mixed with juice from your local orchard; beer from the brewery one town over; or biodynamic wine. Or make your own: The How to Go Green: Cocktails guide offers great recipes.

Decorate responsibly:

Try making your own decorations out of recyclable materials, from soda can lanterns to plastic bottle snowflakes; for a more elegant look, put together centerpieces and place settings that are stylish and eco-friendly. Skip the throw-away noisemakers and replace them with nutshells in a can or cardboard tube, or with dried beans rattling around inside two stapled-together paper plates.

Toast with organic bubbly:

Raise your glass with champagne and sparkling wine made from organic grapes and without synthetic additions-then make sure to recycle (or reuse!) your bottles and send your corks off for reuse in Design Within Reach’s chair design contest.

Pucker up:

What’s New Year’s Eve without someone to kiss at midnight? Keep your lips soft with all-natural lip balm, like those from Revolution Organics or J.R. Watkins, and banish bad breath with organic breath mints from St. Claire’s. Still single? No problem. Dating sites like Green Passions, Green Romance, and Planet Earth Singles will have you watching the ball drop with a fellow treehugger in no time.

Cure the hangover:

Start the detox with a blend of organic herbs and seasonings, like those in Lotus Root Cooler or Ginseng Licorice Tea. Drink plenty of water–but not from disposable bottles–and fight headaches with thyme or peppermint tea. Tea alone won’t help your body recover from last night; fill up on organic, free-range eggs, too, since they contain plenty of cysteine, which breaks down toxins in the liver. Other hangover helpers include bananas (for their potassium) and fruit juices (for their energy-boosting natural sugars and vitamins).

Clean up using natural materials:

Recycle what you can, use cloth washrags rather than paper towels, and try to avoid products with harsh chemicals. A little soap and water can go a long way.

 

 

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[ Getting New Electronic Devices For Christmas? Don’t Forget To Recycle The Old Ones ]

Santa Claus is likely to bring good little girls and boys lots of new electronics — bigger screen TVs, computers, tablets, phones, printers, scanners and more.

In many cases, they will replace a ton (tons actually) of old, outdated models that usually end up in the basement, a forgotten closet or worse, in the case of TVs, by the side of the road on in a nearby creek.

You should know state law prohibits you from just putting these devices out with the trash for disposal.

Keep PA Beautiful and the PA Resources Council encourage you to recycle those old electronics through local e-waste recycling programs in many areas of the state.

KPB offers advice on where to take them through its eWastePA.org website.

A hearing last March by the Joint Senate-House Conservation Committee found the e-waste recycling market had all but collapsed in Pennsylvania due to electronics manufacturers not paying the actual costs of recycling as they should do under state law.

Electronics recycling companies, environmental groups and local governments all called for major reforms of the e-waste recycling law, but no action was taken in 2016.

Visit the Keep PA Beautiful and the PA Resources Council e-waste recycling webpages to learn more about how you can help rebuild Pennsylvania’s electronics waste recycling program.

Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s new Electronics Waste website.

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[ Mitigation: Balancing energy development and conservation to protect our wildlands ]

The Bureau of Land Management published its final mitigation handbook on December 23, setting industry-wide standards for both avoiding and offsetting damage caused to public lands from development.

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[ Mitigation: Balancing energy development and conservation to protect our wildlands ]

For the first time, the federal government is implementing a set of comprehensive plans to improve the protection of land, water and wildlife that might be impacted by energy development and other projects on public lands.

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[ TWS welcomes new federal guidance on mitigation ]

Tony Iallonardo

BLM policies open the door for better outcomes for conservation and responsible development

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[ We’ll protect and defend the environment in 2017 – with or without President Trump ]

Only our activism can secure America's bedrock environmental laws – all of which are now under threat.

     
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[ TransWest Express & Gateway South transmission lines: multi-state missed opportunities ]

Last week the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released final decisions for the TransWest Express and Gateway South transmission lines, giving the green light to a new 725-mile line stretching from southern Wyoming to southern Nevada (TransWest Express) and a new 400-mile line from southern Wyomi

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