September 12, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Could life have survived a fall to Earth?

It sounds like science fiction, but the theory of panspermia, in which life can naturally transfer between planets, is considered a serious hypothesis by planetary scientists. The suggestion that life did not originate on Earth but came from elsewhere … Continue reading

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July 11, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Earth’s core affects length of day

Researchers have found that variations in the length of day over periods of between one and 10 years are caused by processes in the Earth’s core. Continue reading

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May 7, 2013
by Peter Lehner
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High School Journalists Tackle School Lunch, and More Good News about School Food

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City
“I bring my lunch to school every day because the school food is pretty disgusting,” Nick Hilliard, a senior at Apopka High School in Florida, told high school reporter Rachel … Continue reading

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April 26, 2013
by Amanda Maxwell
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Latin America Green News: Chile’s Pascua Lama faces permanent suspension, Costa Rica readies for Obama, Mexico needs cleaner air, and Central America at risk from climate change

Amanda Maxwell, Latin America Advocate, Washington, DC
Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America.
April 20-25, 2013
Chile
Daniel Fernández, the Execut… Continue reading

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April 23, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Big ecosystem changes viewed through the lens of tiny carnivorous plants

The water-filled pool within a pitcher plant, it turns out, is a tiny ecosystem whose inner workings are similar to those of a full-scale water body. Whether small carnivorous plant or huge lake, both are subject to the same ecological “tipping points,… Continue reading

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April 22, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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New York City launches LEAF taxi pilot program, wants 1/3 electric taxis by 2020

New York City Michael Bloomberg and Nissan have picked Earth Day to launch a new pilot program that will put 6 Nissan LEAF electric cars into service as taxis. Continue reading

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April 22, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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This is Earth Day: Celebrating opening of a LEED Certified Drive-thru coffee shop

Because it’s got a bike rack and low VOC paints! Continue reading

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April 22, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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10 tips to make every day Earth Day

We can do lists too; here are some of the simple things you can do that do not involve spending money and buying stuff. Continue reading

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April 22, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Enter your DIY design in the Instructables Green Design Contest!

Instructables is celebrating Earth Day by holding a contest for the best design that keeps the environment in mind. Will your design be the winner? Continue reading

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April 22, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Don’t malign the millenials; The kids are alright

An Earth Day survey is being used to attack millenials as green slackers and pat the boomers on the back. That’s not what the data say. Continue reading

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April 22, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Happy Earth Day! Don’t Recycle.

When it comes to electronics, recycling should be the final resort. Continue reading

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April 22, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Ask the experts on Earth Day: What ever happened to…..

We look at how the issues have changed over the years, why the issues that drove the green movement don’t anymore Continue reading

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April 18, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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This Earth Day, share the many faces of climate change

To help put a human face on the challenge of climate change, the Earth Day Network is collecting images of people, animals and places affected by climate change, as well as images of people working to find solutions. Continue reading

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April 16, 2013
by Linda Escalante
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Earth Day Latino 2013: Camping Out in Downtown Los Angeles

Linda Escalante, Southern California Advocacy Coordinator & Latino Outreach Specialist, Santa Monica

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The William C. Velazquez Institute, and its coalition of conservation and environmental partners, which include REI and La Onda Verde de NRDC, continue the annual tradition of Earth Day Latino at the Los Angeles Historic State Park (formerly known as Not a Cornfield), just north of the Olvera Street and sandwiched by Chinatown’s Metro Station and Lincoln Heights. 

Earth Day Latino brings people of all ages and ancestries together for an afternoon of family friendly fun, environmental education, outdoor activities, urban camping, art, wild animals, and earth talks by environmental and conservation professionals, local elected officials and candidates for elected office. It also marks the completion an eight week WCVI Eco-Intern program where several dozen LA-area high school students learn about our watersheds health and water quality, stormwater capture, environmental justice, urban wildlife, and green careers. Slideshow from lescalante

This unique urban state park is very rich in cultural, archeological and ecological history. The park is part of the area where a robust and vibrant Tongva (Gabrielino) village thrived by the riverbank for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. Just a couple of blocks away lies “Placita Olvera”  which is the site of the original Pueblo de Los Angeles or birth place of the city back in the late 1780s when the Spanish settled next to the Rio Porciuncula (later called Los Angeles River). The first LA aqueduct built to divert river water for crop irrigation was built soon after the Spaniards arrived and called the open ditch “Zanja Madre”.  In the late 1800s the ditch was turned into a brick tunnel. Some parts of the Zanja Madre were unearthed by archeologists a little over a decade ago and can be seen on the western side of the park.

This year’s event will be a perfect way to celebrate Earth Day in LA for the young, old and every one in between. There will be activities for everyone’s taste. REI will start registration for camping overnight at 3PM on Saturday April 20.  REI tents will be available for rent but quantities are limited.  If you come on your bike, the tent rental is free.

California State Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez will set off the festivities with his welcome remarks at 4PM.  Then we’ll move into the different activities led by our partners and sponsors.  Kids and adults can partake in a high-tech treasure hunt with REI’s Geo Caching equipment or they can stay in one place and fly a kite. 

For the first time, Earth Day Latino will be collecting electronic waste. Isidore Electronics Recycling in Lincoln Heights is a socially responsible company that not only provides recycling services for electronic waste, but trains and employs formerly incarcerated residents of LA, who often face a lot of difficulty getting jobs. This is an easy way to reduce water and air pollution that occurs when the electronics are thrown into municipal landfills.

Bike enthusiast will be given extra attention this year.  REI will be conducting bike safety checks while Raices Roots will be giving a talk about how to plan long trips on a bicycle.  They should know since they’ve traveled to Guatemala several times on their bikes!

Sustainability principles will be incorporated in dinner at Earth Day Latino.  Vegetarians and omnivores alike will be thoroughly enjoying deliciously grilled fresh food (donations are appreciated) and COBA will be quenching our thirst with their famous all natural Aguas Frescas sweetened with 100% organic agave nectar.  Delicioso!  While folks eat, they can listen to green career advice Forest Service Rangers and Solar City. 

This year we expect new beautiful billboards created by UCLA professor of Digital Arts, Mr. Fabian Wagmeister and the 2013 Class of WCVI EcoInterns.  Then our friends at Wild Works will bring some wonderful animals to talk about our rich urban wildlife.  In the early evening we anticipate LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti and CD 1 Running Candidate Jose Gardea to tell us a bonfire story. Then a drum circle will wave us off into the night so we can settle in our tents to sleep right under the gaze of the high-rises in Downtown Los Angeles. 

We’ll wake up to breakfast truck, yoga and a Tongva Blessing of the Grounds ceremomy.  Our bicycling lovers can safety-check their bikes with experts at Earth Day Latino before they speed off to CicLAvia.  

For more visit our Facebook/EarthDayLatino page.

* SATURDAY – APRIL 20TH *

3:00 PM Registration 
Tent Rentals by REI (while supplies last)

4:00 PM Welcome Remarks 
Why Celebrate Earth Day with Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
Leave No Trace with REI 

4:30 PM Geo-Caching throughout entire park! 
Fly a Kite with the LA Skyline behind you
Bike Safety Checks by REI mechanics
Bike Touring 101 with Raices Roots

5:30 PM Healthy BBQ & Green Career Presentations by 
US Forest Service Department of Agriculture Rangers 
Solar City

7:00 PM Wild Works Presentation – Urban Animals Up and Close! 

7:30 PM Story Telling around Bonfire with 
LA Mayoral Candidate, Eric Garcetti
& CD 1 Running Candidate Jose Gardea

8:30 PM Drum Circle under the Moonlight

12:00 AM Lights out

* SUNDAY – APRIL 21ST * 

7:00 PM Breakfast Truck Arrives

8:00 AM Indigenous Land Ceremony

9:00 AM Morning Yoga BYO Mat

10:00 AM Closing Remarks – Special Thanks

10:15 AM Turn in Borrowed Tent

10:30 AM Stage your CicLAvia contingent and join the ride!

Earth Day Latino event rules and regulations: 

*REGISTRATION REQUIRED TO CAMP OUT
*MINORS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT
*LEAVE NO TRACE ENFORCED
*NO OPEN FIRES 
*PLEASE RESPECT QUIET HOURS

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May 15, 2012
by Reduce
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Bridgestone Keeps Tires out of the Landfill

You’ve seen the pictures and headlines: Tire dumps go up in flames, releasing toxic chemicals into the air while creating an environmental and aesthetic eyesore. Bridgestone has seen the problem play out again and again, and that’s why they’re in the process of doing something about it. On Earth Day, the tire manufacturer introduced its [...] Continue reading

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May 4, 2012
by Recycling
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Denver Curbside Recycling Now Accepts Cartons

Denver residents can now place cartons in their curbside recycling containers. As part of an Earth Day initiative, Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the recycling addition to the Denver Public Works recycling program late last month. While…
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April 23, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Is placemaking a "new environmentalism"?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Can placemaking – in short, the building or strengthing of physical community fabric to create great human habitat – be a “new environmentalism”? … Continue reading

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April 22, 2012
by Claire Morgenstern
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What Earth Day Means to Millennials

Claire Morgenstern, Online and Social Media Development, NRDC Membership, New York
Today is Earth Day. And I, by virtue of being a member of the first generation to have grown up with this holiday, am an Earth Day expert. I’ve mad… Continue reading

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April 17, 2012
by Linda Escalante
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Earth Day Latino 2012: celebrating Los Angeles history, culture, and ecosystem

Linda Escalante, Latino Advocacy & Outreach Associate
Latinos know how to party on Earth Day. This year, the William C. Velazquez Institute and its coalition of conservation and environmental partners, which include La Onda Verde de NRD… Continue reading

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April 17, 2012
by Recycling
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E-Recycling Peaks During Earth Week

Around the holidays, food banks are overflowing with donations. Generosity peaks, and the needy eat well for that part of the year. But what about the rest of the year? According to Turtle Wings, an electronics recycling company, Earth Day is like…
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