5 Ways To Reduce Waste at Your Child’s Next Birthday Party

September 20, 2018 by  
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Earth911 Quiz #29: Solar Progress Check

September 20, 2018 by  
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Norway wants to give Finland a mountaintop for its birthday

January 26, 2017 by  
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What do you give the country that has everything? The peak of a 4,500-foot mountain, naturally. As U.S. President Donald Trump continues to spew protectionist invective about walls both literal and figurative, the good people of Norway want to ring in Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence from Russia by giving it the top of Mount Halti, a feat of topography that would require the country to nudge its border 130 feet up the mountainside. Bjørn Geirr Harsson, a retired Norwegian geophysicist, arrived at the idea during gravity survey back in 1972. “I saw that the highest point in Finland was on a hillside and for Norway on a mountain, so I wrote a letter to the foreign ministry and proposed that a gift from the Norwegian people to Finland should be a mountaintop,” he said in Battle for Birthday Mountain , a new film about the proposed gift, and the legal and political debates it has generated in its wake. “All over the world you find countries that fight or make war to enlarge their countries, but in this case Norway is willing to give away a small part without anyone asking for anything return,” Geirr Harsson said. “It is a gift from the heart of the Norwegians to Finland so we don’t expect anything back; we just want to give them something really nice when they celebrate 100 years as a free nation.” Despite the idea’s widespread popularity—a Facebook group about the unusual present has rallied more than 17,000 likes—proponents of the idea face an uphill climb, so to speak. Norway’s constitution, as Prime Minister Erna Solberg notes in the film, stipulates that the country should remain “indivisible and inalienable,” meaning it can’t go around parceling out parts of its territory. “This creative proposal has received a very positive response from the public,” she said in October. “I welcome this and I see a clear sign that Norway and Finland have a close relationship,” adding that “the alteration of borders between countries causes too many judicial problems that could affect, for example, the Constitution.” Related: Norwegian Mountaineering Centre mimics a dramatic snow-covered mountain “We will think of another worthy gift to celebrate the occasion of [the] Finland centenary,” Solberg added. Despite the rejection, Geirr Harsson is not giving up, and neither are his supporters. “While we witness the rising tumult along international borders – from Ukraine and Russia, to the South China Sea, to Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico – the idea behind Birthday Mountain is a rare international gesture worth admiring,” David Freid, the film’s director, told The Local . “On the surface, this is a cute film about a very unique kind of gift between nations. But at its heart is something real and relevant.” Via the Independent

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Trump will leave climate change info on EPA website for now

January 26, 2017 by  
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So far, Donald Trump’s ban on EPA employees speaking to the media is off to a rocky start – two of the agency’s staffers have already anonymously spoken to Reuters news agency this week to sound the alarm about the incoming President’s continuing efforts to suppress climate science. According to these EPA employees, the agency’s communications team was instructed to remove their website’s climate change page , which included data on emissions and links to global warming research. However, as soon as the news began to spread across the web, the Trump administration appeared to soften its stance . Now, rather than a purge of climate data, administration officials are framing the order as an “editorial review” of the site’s content. Doug Ericksen, the spokesman for Trump’s team in charge of the agency, told The Hill that the administration doesn’t intend to take down online climate data, and is merely “scrubbing it up a bit, putting a little freshener on it, and getting it back up to the public.” Exactly what that means and what kind of slant the administration wants to put on the data is unclear. Given Trump’s current efforts to clamp down on the EPA’s ability to communicate about government research, it’s easy to see how some might not find this explanation especially reassuring. In a separate interview with NPR , Ericksen told the outlet that EPA scientists will have their work reviewed on a “case by case” basis before any of it can be shared with the public. Related: Scientists are preparing to march on Washington Reportedly, EPA employees have been working around the clock to download everything on the agency’s website and preserve everything on physical media, just in case Trump follows through on his threats to completely wipe the data from the web. There have also been a number of independent efforts since the election to download and mirror as much federal research data as possible, to protect it from disappearing under Trump’s orders. This isn’t the administration’s first attempt to backpedal and explain away suspicious-looking orders. Back in December, Trump’s transition team sent a questionnaire to Energy Department officials, asking them to name employees and contractors who had been involved in discussions on climate change. Related: Trump bans EPA and USDA scientists from communicating with the public After Department leaders refused to name anyone, the Trump team disavowed the request , saying it was “not authorized.” Given the sheer number of attempts to suppress government employees who might speak to the public about climate change, it’s hard to imagine any of these news reports are actually innocent slip-ups or misunderstandings. If the EPA is forced to alter its website or take down climate change information completely, it won’t be the first government website to do so. On inauguration day, the official White House website was scrubbed of all climate change information within minutes of Trump taking office. Via The Washington Post Images via Pixabay , EPA.gov (screenshot)

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Visitors Warned Against Skinny Dipping as Testicle-Munching Fish Invade European Beaches

August 23, 2013 by  
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Ever been skinny dipping? There’s something exhilarating about gliding through the water in nothing but your birthday suit. But if you’re in Sweden or Denmark, now’s not the time to try it. A frightening invasive species related to the piranha has suddenly been spotted in the Danish/Swedish strait of Øresund. At just about 7 inches long, the  pacu  has a mouth full of powerful, crushing teeth, and it loves to nibble on stuff that happens to be, uh, floating through the water. Animal experts in the region are warning the boldest of male swimmers to keep their delicate parts under wraps to avoid a nasty accident. Read the rest of Visitors Warned Against Skinny Dipping as Testicle-Munching Fish Invade European Beaches Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beaches , Denmark , fish , invasive species , ocean , pacu , piranha , skinny sipping , Sweden , swimming , testicles        

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Malala Yousafzai to Urge UN to Advance Education at Keynote on Her 16th Birthday

July 11, 2013 by  
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Malala Yousafzai , the girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school, is turning 16 tomorrow. To mark the date, which will henceforth be known as Malala Day, she is addressing the UN about education as a universal right – especially for women and girls . On July 12, she will be joined by 500 students from more than 80 countries at a unique Youth Assembly at the UN where she is expected to press leaders to do more to advance education around the world. Malala has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize and is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Stand with Malala and sign this petition to demand education as a universal right for every child in the world! Read the rest of Malala Yousafzai to Urge UN to Advance Education at Keynote on Her 16th Birthday Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ban ii-moon , education as a universal right , education for girls and women , education in pakistan , malala 16th birthday , malala day , Malala Yousafzai , stand with malala , UN , youth assembly        

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How can I reuse or recycle toilet seats?

April 30, 2012 by  
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Apologies for the break in blogging – I’ve been super busy with other things over the last month. And in my absence, Recycle This had its sixth birthday! Happy Birthday website! 😀 Anyway, moving on: we’ve had an email from Stephanie about toilet seats: I just came into about 25 toilet seat all different colors (red, yellow, green, blue….) I know they can be reused but I’m stuck. I thought the game horse shoes but they don’t have the open front, I was even suggested picture frames! Please help. An unusual thing to suddenly acquire but they would make very fun (ok, silly) picture frames in a bathroom. I’ve got half an idea in my mind about using them to hold open rubbish bags or laundry bags – I can’t quite formulate it into an actual reuse — after a few weeks of not posting, I’m clearly out of practise at coming up with ideas so I’ll had it over to you guys. What would you do with some unwanted toilet seats? Do you know anywhere that would take them to reuse for intended purpose? Or can you think of any fun or practical reuse or recycling suggestions? I’m presuming, because they’re different colours, that they’re plastic but do feel free to make suggestions for wooden ones too in case anyone has those to use up instead.

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How can I reuse or recycle empty bottled gas/propane cylinders?

April 2, 2012 by  
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Lyndon has emailed to ask about reusing – or recycling – propane gas canisters (the ones for heating, barbecues or patio heaters etc): Trying to tidy up the yard at work, what can I do with some old gas bottles? If there is a company name on the bottles (like Calor Gas, Flo Gas or TotalGaz – to name but three), the safest/laziest thing might be to contact them to see if they could pick them up – gas bottles get reused again and again by gas supply companies and if the canisters are still in reusable condition, they might be more than willing to take them off your hands and put them back into circulation. (They’ll be able to dispose of any remaining gas too.) (UPDATED: see the note below from Calor – you should really give their tanks back to them.) Empty or old gas bottles also pop up quite frequently on Freecycle/Freegle, Gumtree and eBay as it is cheaper to refill old tanks than buy new ones every time (and hurrah for that!). Again, hopefully they’ll disappear from your yard with minimal effort and be reused again & again. As for non-intended purpose reuses, some people turn them into outdoor woodburning stoves – but do be careful if you want to try anything like that yourself! Safety first, and all that. Have you got any suggestions for how he could reuse these bottles? Or ways to recycle them? And any other advice (particularly about safety issues)?

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Justin Bieber Gets a Fisker Karma Hybrid for His 18th Birthday

March 1, 2012 by  
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Pop singer Justin Bieber turns 18 today and to celebrate his birthday, he’ll be presented with the car of his dreams on the Ellen DeGeneres Show . So why are we so excited about this? Well because Bieber’s fantasy car isn’t a Ferrari or top of the line Mercedes-Benz – it’s the recently released Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan! Read the rest of Justin Bieber Gets a Fisker Karma Hybrid for His 18th Birthday Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bieber , electric car , electric vehicle , Ellen DeGeneres , fisker , fisker karma , green car , green transportation , hybrid , Justin Beiber , justin bieber , justin bieber birthdayl , karma

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$@#&! Greenpeace! (A 40th Birthday Video Tribute)

September 15, 2011 by  
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Today is Greenpeace’s 40th birthday. Over the years, you can bet the activist group’s work to expose the malfeasance of corporate polluters has pissed off a good many CEOs, politicians, and businessfolk. So, to help them celebrate this hallmark in style, one of the ad agencies that Greenpeace has worked with over the years made this amusing video for them. It’s pretty classic. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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