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  Below, I report on the newest car rental company that attempts to deal with urban living and the impact of automobiles. 

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For Earth’s sake, don’t divorice!

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 Around the world, divorce rates have been increasing. Now, one expert proclaims divorcing is not being resourceful! 

According to Jianguo Liu, an ecologist at Michigan State University, Americans spend an extra $3.6 billion annually on water as a result of extra households created when people divorce.

“A married household actually uses resources more efficeintly than a divoriced household.”

Need examples? A household uses the same amount of heat or AC no matter if there are 2 or 4 people living in it. One person or several people will use just one refigerator. And two people in two seperate houses will cause 2 dishwashers to run. Two people share the same stove, watch the same TV, listen to the same radio and use the same lights.

The impact is big.

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In 2005, there were 16.5 million divorced people who headed their own household. This means $6.9 billion in extra utility costs annually, in addition to the extra $3.6 billion for water.

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Liu also studied other countries. By looking at 11 of them, which included Brazil, Greece, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico and South Africa, he determined married couples could have saved energy. In fact,  he determined there could have been a million fewer housholds using water and energy in the 11 countries.

All the research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Michigan Agricultural Experiement Station.

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Awkward in the White House

The Whitehouse hasn’t seen awkward since President Clinton got down and dirty with the interns.

But, alas, awkward has revisited again. 

 Al Gore was invited by former rival and favorite environmental-ignorer George W. Bush to his Pennsylvania Avenue home, a.k.a., the White House .

 How’s that for a party??

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 It was all part of a recognition party for the Nobel Prize winners.

 CNN had the Oval Office play-by-play: 

“The two men stood next to other, sharing uncomfortable grins for photographers and reporters, who were quickly ushered in and out.

‘Familiar faces,’ the former vice president said of the media. Bush, still smiling, added nothing.”

 

Bush and Gore met for 40-minutes, although Whitehouse spokesmen declined to comment what the meeting was about. Gore, however, disclosed that the entire meeting was devoted to the topic of global warming.  OOoooo.

Call me crazy, but I don’t think Gore and Bush saved the planet in one 40-minute session.

So those of you worried about rising sea water taking over your backyard– there’s no need to worry. George booked almost a FULL HOUR in his day-planner to solve the problem!  It’s getting cooler already.

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Students find a seat

At University of California, instead of focusing on normal college things (sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll), they’re thinking about the environment (namely, trees).

 Who says we’re not the generation that will change the world?

 Students at UC-Berkley are protesting the potential athletic center that is heading for right smack-dab in the middle of an oak grove.

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They’re not monkeys, but the students are spending up to a week literally sitting on the tall branches of the oak trees. Their friends come by and hoist water and food up to them. This, believe it or not, has been going on for a year!

Last month a judge ruled that they had the legal write to remove the protestors. The thought has brought on a rampage of online-suggestions for their removal: tranquilizers, skunk spray and fire hoses. So far, the University has only put up a chain-link fence.

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The students wear masks and provide fake names to authorities and journalists. In fact, one tree-sitting student “Dumpster Muffin” said she feels “awesome.”

Saving the environment is not all fun and games, however. Two students have broken several bones from falls.

Broken bones? It’s all relative when it comes to preserving the future, right?

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the TODAY SHOW, “LIVE” from the polar icecaps!

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Matt Lauer was at the top of the Earth in Greenland.

Ann Curry reported from the bottom of the Earth at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station.

Al Roker joined them from a forest on the equator in Ecuador.

And putting it all in perspective was Al Gore, Nobel Prize winner and former vice president.

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Environmental journalism,” as it’s called, took a giant step into the national spotlight, as 3 of the TODAY SHOW’S top anchors were hosting from world’s away from each other. It was all to shed light on the environmental crisis facing our planet.

When I turned on the TV this morning, I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. A show known for its New York City Rockefeller Center studio, was now reporting from the top, bottom and exact middle of the Earth. Not only an amazing feat, but an ode to the amazing technology available in the communications world.

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I still laugh at those who question the planet’s climate crisis. Would the TODAY Show really travel all the way to the Arctic Circle just for kicks? They’re sending a message, and a strong one at that. NBC is just one of several large organizations taking a stand to bring climate change into the spotlight.

The 3 chosen locations by NBC are all linked by their environmental significance. Greenland is the largest island, and 81% of it is covered by ice. Antarctica holds 90% of the frozen water on our planet. Ecuador, the third location, hosts a large mist forest that consumes vast amounts of carbon dioxide.

“It’s about getting this message out to as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

We face a planetary emergency.”

Al Gore

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‘Poo and pee is our bread and butter’

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“Poo and pee is our bread and butter,” that’s what one zoo official is saying about his Dallas Zoo’s new energy plan.

The Dallas Zoo will soon be electrically powered by animal droppings, cardboard and tree limbs, with the additional help of a biogas generator. Although the project could cost up to $1 million dollars, the project is expected to pay for itself within 10 years.

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A zoo spokesperson says that the Dallas Zoo sees themselves not only as a fun place for families, but as a conservation organization.

Is anyone else afraid of what might happen if biogas generators start using, well, our droppings?

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Donald Trump’s birds

If Donald Trump wants to build a golf course, he will build a golfcourse.

Unless, of course, some birds can stop him.

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The billionaire, who has plans to build the “world’s largest golf course” on a stretch of remote Scottish coastline, is facing a huge environmental setback.  The area is home to some of the country’s rarest birds.

Keeping him from his plans are seven of the country’s most endangered birds on the World Conservation Union’s “Red List.” Skylarks and breeding waders, particularly Lapwings and Redshank are among those in danger.

“Each and every golfcourse I have built has got awards for environmental protection, and I do not think anyone has got as many awards as we have. When we are finished, the course will be better environmentally than before we started.”

-Donald Trump

The golf course, which would also include a luxurious 450-bedroom hotel, 950 vacation homes, 36 golf villas and 500 upscale homes, would create about 800 jobs in its peak season. But not all residents of the area are thrilled. Many of them claim the resort would take away from the beauty of the area.

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Trump is excited for his proposed project because it would not only honor his Scottish heritage, it would honor the sport of golf which originated in Scotland.

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