Top Ten Green News Stories of July 2011

Posted on 01. Aug, 2011 by in Business & Policy, Events, Green News Monthly Roundup, news-release

1. In US News: The U.S. gas tax is set to expire September 30th.  The 18.4 cents we pay per gallon is lower than nearly any other developed country- yet while an increase would provide more funding for roads, provide incentives for saving fuel and spark technological innovation, even if a renewal of that tax is uncertain.

2. In World News: The recent bombings in the normally peaceful country of Norway have shocked and saddened the world.  Read more here.

Solar Wearables

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3. In OG News: Opportunity Green will be in San Diego on Tuesday, August 2nd, accepting the Golden Arrow Award for Overall Product Stewardship from the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC)!

4. In Design:  Solar panels aren’t just for roofs anymore- these solar wearables harness the power of the sun into sleek, innovative bikinis, bags and more.  Wear one and you’re guaranteed to outshine everyone in the room- literally.

5. In Tech News: Security ain’t cheap- The Department of Defense consumed 135 million barrels of oil in 2010, more than any other public or private entity.  The U.S. Navy’s recent goal to sail a  “Great Green Fleet” consisting of “nuclear vessels, hybrid electric ships and aircraft powered by biofuels” by 2016 may be its redemption.

6. In Health/Food News: The Environmental Working Group just released a cool infograph about the carbon footprints of various protein sources.  Looks like we should all be eating more lentils.  And for your dining pleasure, check out these fabulous lentil recipes!


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7. The Good: The LAX food court at Terminal 4 is set for a green makeover which will feature recycled aluminum and wood, LED lamps and skylights.

8. The Bad: On July 15th, House Republicans voted against a revised lightbulb efficiency standard.  While some may oppose any sort of government-imposed standard on a consumer product, lower energy-consuming products would benefit us all.  Read more or voice your opinion here.

9. The Odd: Fish scale goggles and tumblers?  That’s right- check out this cool stuff made out of recycled fish scales here.

10.  In Other News: Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in jail for disrupting bidding on gas and oil leases as an act of civil disobedience.  Watch his interview on Vimeo or read more here.

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4 Responses to “Top Ten Green News Stories of July 2011”

  1. kendall

    04. Aug, 2011

    Wow, those fish scale plastic tumblers are amazing! I can totally see them in my kitchen. I wonder what the texture feels like…wonderful way to recycle!!!

  2. SarahRhoades1

    04. Aug, 2011

    Solar bikini? That would be so cool, my iPod would never run out of juice at the beach!

  3. Jennymeyer

    26. Sep, 2011

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    19. Oct, 2011

    Great list! I love about the green makeover of Lax Food Court that made with recycled aluminum and woo, LED lamps and skylights, it seems cool even I never see it.

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