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February 27 - Recycling in Tulsa
March 27 - Conservation opportunities in Oklahoma this year
April 24 - “Mile+Mile & A Half” the epic backpacking film
March 8-9, Elk River, Kansas campout & dayhike. In a surprising relief from
the Kansas prairie, the Elk River trail follows an elevated limestone ridge for
almost 15 miles of sometimes rocky, sometimes smooth treadway. We’ll camp
The Tulsa Green Directory is now available. Containing over 700 local listings interested in serving the Tulsa area, this directory is the place to find the very best from energy efficient architecture to farmer's markets to healthy living. On sale at Whole Foods for $2.00
Lets get GMO labeling for our groceries
Hundreds of people from around the United States rallied in front of the White House on Sunday 16 October, urging the government to require compulsory labeling of GM foods.
"Most Americans agree they have a right to know what is in the food they put in their own and their children's bodies, but current federal policy favors the pesticide industry and hides the facts," said Katherine DiMatteo of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements. "It's time to reset US policy on GMOs," added DiMatteo, who served as a coordinator of the event.
The rally marked the end of a 16-day, 504-km march from the United Nations in New York City to the White House in Washington DC, which DiMatteo said was "an unprecedented effort to win genuine transparency on genetically engineered foods."
The US is the world's largest commercial grower of GM crops, and more than 70 percent of its processed food contains GM ingredients. [Read the Article]
Now's a good time to eat organic. More research indicates a link between pesticide consumption and Parkinson's disease. More info here
FRESH ORGANIC FOODS THAT FIGHT CANCER
Study finds that Geothermal energy could be economical in large parts of the US. More info.
Keystone XL pipeline coming to Oklahoma?
The Sierra Club is mobilizing thousands of citizens to contact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and urge her to fully evaluate the risks of a proposed pipeline that would carry the world’s dirtiest oil from Canada into the United States.
Clinton indicated this week while speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco that the State Department may be leaning toward approving permits for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, despite the fact that the agency has not finished reviewing the project or thousands of comments from Americans opposing it.
How green is the final economic recovery bill?
Alaska sets a goal of suppling 50% of its energy from sustainable sources by 2025 using wind, tidal and hydro power.
Application for coal power plant in Oklahoma withdrawn. Tulsa World says energy conservation incentives used in most other states can more than make up the difference.
Researchers in Italy have high hopes for a new wind-power generator that resembles a backyard drying rack on steroids. Despite its appearance, the Kite Wind Generator, or KiteGen for short, could produce as much energy as a nuclear power plant.
Until building new nuclear power plants becomes economically viable without government subsidies, and the nuclear industry demonstrates it can further reduce the continuing security and environmental risks of nuclear power—including the misuse of nuclear materials for weapons and radioactive contamination from nuclear aste—expanding nuclear power is not a sound strategy for diversifying America’s energy portfolio and reducing global warming pollution.
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