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Urban Tree Salvage


Trees are a vital component of any healthy city environment providing shade, shelter and a mind-soothing sliver of nature in a sea of asphalt, steel and fumes. But what happens when they pass on or are removed?

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Toronto-based, Urban Tree Salvage treasures urban trees and creates beautiful home furnishings, lumber and wood accessories from the remains of trees who have passed on.  What better way to show an appreciation for our urban forest than to save its lumber from the wood chipper and incinerator and transform it into fine furnishings?

see more @ urbantreesalvage.com

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Keeping Coral Reefs Alive


The effects of climate change are not only restricted to earth’s surface.

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Carbon dioxide emissions can be stored in the oceans for up to thousands of years. And, as it saturates our ocean waters, it is producing unwarranted effects on our marine ecosystems, especially on coral reefs. Although often overlooked, coral reefs serve fundamental marine functions. For one, they provide an essential habitat to many marine creatures, harboring as much life as rain forests. Its demise could lead to the chain extinctions of a vast array of marine life.

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Carbon dioxide increases the temperature of the ocean and alters the chemistry of seawater, making it more acidic. Consequently, coral reefs are burdened with greater difficulty to build and maintain their calcium-based exoskeletons. This means that they are left more vulnerable to attack, bleaching, or disease, which further threatens their continued existence.

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International organization Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is working solely to save coral reefs by building partnerships among large networks – including local communities, government leaders, marine recreation operators, and marine park managers – to restore marine protected areas through education, training, and management. Restoring these areas has proven key to securing the future survival of coral reefs, as well as replenishing fisheries, and preventing recreational damage and unsustainable coastal development.

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The benefits of marine protected areas are reported to extend even beyond their boundaries to adjacent areas, increasing the abundance, biomass, and diversity of many marine species. Visit the CORAL website for more information on how you can be involved in the mission to protect our precious coral reefs.

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RecycleBank offers rewards for recycling


Recycling innovator RecycleBank is expanding its reach from its East Coast base into cities that include: Montgomery, OH, Sioux Falls, SD, Eden Prairie, MN, Plano, TX, North Miami, FL, Albuquerque, NM and Knoxville, TN.  In each case, RecycleBank has partnered with waste haulers, material recovery facilities and municipalities to bring rewards for recycling to local residents.

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RecycleBank creates enthusiam for recycling by offering people rewards for doing the right thing. Members earn points for every pound recycled, similar to frequent flier miles programs. All recycling carts carry an ID tag read by recycling trucks during curbside pickup. RecycleBank weighs the contents and converts recyclables into Points that get delivered into personal RecycleBank.com accounts. Members use their Points to shop online or via toll free number. Rewards range from groceries and health care products, to movies, spa and travel.

The company says its program has increased recycling rates by 100% in the municipalities that it services. In addition to a significant increase in recycling, communities also see a corresponding reduction in landfill disposal fees, a disposable income boost for households that recycle, and a renewed focus on sustainable action to protect our environment.

source: prnewswire.com

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a mixed bag of green news


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