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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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Do one of these. Atleast!

Okay. So many are guilty of preaching global warming to their friends blah blah blah without telling that friend what THEY can do. 

Consider yourself a friend and consider these.

 1. Use Compacy Flourescent Bulbs

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2. Keep your tires inflated (saves gas!)

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3. Take shorter showers

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4. Plant a tree

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5. Put on a sweatshirt if you’re cold (don’t turn up the heat)

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6. Turn off your computer at night

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7. Reduce garbage and recycle

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8. Carpool

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9. Go hybrid.

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10. Tell a friend!

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Curbside pick-up.

Everything you left at the end of your driveway last Tuesday probably ended up in a landfill.But, do you really know where that is and what that means?

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27% of trash is either recycled or composted, 16% is burned and 57% is buried in landfills.

 OK. So, they just “build” a landfill? Not exactly. This is what needs to be considered:

  • the area of land necessary for the landfill
  • the composition of the underlying soil and bedrock
  • the flow of surface water over the site
  • the impact of the proposed landfill on the local environment and wildlife
  • the historical or archaeological value of the proposed site
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    The landfill is lined with several layers, including a vital plastic layer to protect the contents from the environment. A landfill is also covered with soil daily. Inside a landfill there is very little oxygen and moisture, which means trash takes much longer to decompose than normal. Landfills are not meant to decompose trash. It merely provides a place for trash to be buried.

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    There were 1,654 active landfills in the U.S. in 2005.

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     Recycling in 2005, however, diverted 79 million tons of material away from landfills.

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    And the Emmy goes to…Earth!

     At the Emmy awards last week celebs didn’t walk down a green carpet– but, it wouldn’t have been all that surprising if they did.

    The executives in charge of the awards show, FOX and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, launched an environmentally-friendly campaign to lower the carbon emissions of the entire event.

    Celebs showed up in alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles, then walked the red carpet created entirely of recycled plastic bottles.  The sun, water and wind powered the Shrine Auditorium in L.A.  Meanwhile, the after-party featured an array of local and organically grown foods.  Behind the scenes, stage lighting was reduced by 15%, and biofuel generators were used as backup power. The solar panels will be donated to a local school, plants and flowers will be donated and reused, and the left-over food will be given to a shelter.

    Hollywood once again proves that “going green” isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also the latest trend. Is it meaningful?  Who cares!

    Sure, the hybrid is the “cool” car to have, and maybe that new organic garden of yours is just to impress your neighbors. Perhaps An Inconvenient Truth is “accidentally” left on your coffee table, and Al Gore just “happens” to be your favorite politician. Yeah, ok.

    Green is cool and Americans know it.  Besides, if Leonardo DiCaprio is doing it- why wouldn’t you?

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    Bottle This.

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    Bottled water is going out of fashion, and for a good reason. 

    More than 8 billion gallons of bottled water is consumed every year. It’s an industry that every year brings in about $11 billion. Considering the wet stuff falls free-of-charge from the sky, something just isn’t right.

    Well, if not for the pathetic nature of paying money for something that comes free naturally, maybe considering what we’re doing to the environment might help.

     Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled and head right to the landfill. It takes plastic anywhere from 400 to 1,000 years to decompose. More then 40 million barrels of oil is used to produce the plastic needed for the bottling.

    “It would be like filling up a quarter of every bottle with oil.”

    -Peter Gleick, water policy expert

    So what about taste? And your health?

    Since bottled water is less-regulated by the FDA than tap-water, in some cases, tap-water is actually safer than its bottled counterparts. According to a study, 25% of bottled water actually is tap water– sometimes further treated, sometimes not. Studies have shown there is no taste difference between the two.

    The point is, bottled water doesn’t appear to be better for you, taste better and certainly not eco-friendly. And if you’re still drinking it, you’re out of the loop.

    The mayor of San Francisco just banned all bottled water from city buildings.  Other cities, such as Salt Lake, are following suit. Many restaurants, many in New York City, have also capped their sale of bottled water.

    So put down your Evian, your Fiji and your Dasani. This time, we’re heading to the tap.

     SOURCES: National Geographic News, MSNBC

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