Earth Day Network Blog Updates

A Tale of Two Biodiesel Cities

This is a tale of two cities.  Two cities that have decided to turn their government fleets into biodiesel fleets. Biodiesel is created when you combine ethanol and waste vegetable oil to manufacture a chemical reaction that produces fuel for vehicles. This fuel can be used in any standard diesel engine and has paved the way to creating thousands of jobs on the local and national level.

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Defend the Amazon

Can you imagine a world without the Amazon Rainforest? It is the single largest tropical rainforest in the world with ten percent of the planet's known flora and fauna. Described as the "lungs of the planet" about twenty percent of the Earth's oxygen is produced here. The Amazon also functions as a huge carbon sink storing massive amounts of C02--which if permitted to be released into the atmosphere would be catastrophic. Life on planet Earth would not be the same as we now know it.

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Extreme Weather and its Effect on Industry

The term “extreme weather” has become an all too familiar phrase in describing the environment. Just this past year, countless stories of floods, storms, droughts, and heat waves were featured in the news. Families from Minot, N.D. have only recently begun returning to their homes, which were damaged by the overflowing of the Souris River last month. The area is having a tough time coping with both emotional and economic losses.

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Support the No Child Left Inside Act

“Teaching children about the environment and giving them a hands-on opportunity to experience nature makes them smarter and healthier,” said Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island.[1]  On July 14, 2011 Reed, along with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Congressman John Sarbanes, (D-MD) re-introduced the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI Act) into the House and Senate.

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Hurricanes, get your hurricanes!

In August of 2005, like many Americans, we sat and watched with trepidation as a category five hurricane named Katrina wreaked havoc on the gulf coast. In New Orleans, mandatory evacuations were issued--and while the city was able to withstand the initial storm, it could not endure the flooding from the breached levees that ensued. The story unfortunately was not any better for the areas surrounding that city, with everywhere from Mississippi to Florida being effected.

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President Obama Announces New Fuel Economy Standards

Today, President Obama announced the first substantive update to American fuel efficiency standards in thirty years. Earth Day Network commends this critical step toward reducing America’s dependence on fossil fuels while addressing the tremendous impact automobiles have on the climate crisis.

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A Crusade for Healthier Children Begins

This month, the USDA unveiled an initiative to help communities become more involved in school health and nutrition.  This plan will be put into action through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

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Kabul: The Model City of the Future?

With a population of almost five million people Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan is already bigger than every single city in the United States other than New York.  Even more impressive is the fact that almost a decade ago the population of the city barely topped 500,000.  It doesn’t take a mathematician to see that Afghanistan is in the middle of a huge urban boom.  Today 1 of every 6 Afghans lives in Kabul.  For a traditionally rural country, the huge influx of people into urban areas is putting major stress on the capacity of the city. 

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The Struggle for Healthy Kids Continues

 

Imagine walking into a grocery store and hearing a child beg his parents to buy him strawberries, apples, or yogurt. In reality, you are far more likely to hear kids plead for ice cream or sugary cereals. For this reason, the healthy foods movement has recently gone to great lengths to begin to regulate the types of foods advertised to children. These new regulations could bring this imaginary scenario closer to a reality.

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