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Tree museums, the time is now

January 23rd, 2010

They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum. And they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em.

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Joni Mitchell predicted it would come to this. But she had the admission price wrong. Instead of a dollar and a half to get into the tree museum, it will be $15 for adults to visit the tree exhibit opening today in Philadelphia. The interactive Exploring Trees Inside and Out exhibit will debut at Philly’s Please Touch Museum where kids and adults will be able to explore trees and how they help our environment.

The 2,500-foot exhibit, sponsored by Doubletree Hotels and the Arbor Day Foundation, has already been to six other museums and will travel to other locales in 2010 and 2011 (including Los Angeles and Chicago), spreading its message that trees are helpful and fun, and showing kids how they work. Children visiting the exhibit are able to crawl up through the middle of a manufactured tree trunk to see how the plant sustains itself. They can plant a “seed” and watch a simulation of a tree growing, and they can hear the sounds of the animals that live in the forest. Wee folk also can “become” a creature in the woods and “fly” over the tree tops, using the wonders of technology.


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Disney donates to save forests

November 3rd, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

While the world scrambles to find clean energy solutions, somewhere, every minute of every day, saws buzz through a forest, cutting down one of nature’s antidotes to carbon pollution.

Saving forests in the Congo will help save endangered gorillas (Photo: John Martin)

Saving forests in the Congo will help save endangered gorillas (Photo: John Martin)


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Cookies, the ‘Dirty 19′ and the palm oil patrol

October 21st, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

We had a chocolate attack at a store the other day, so we schlepped over to the cookie aisle seeking something sweet and crunchy.

Palm oil products (Image: PalmOilAction.org.)

Palm oil products (Image: PalmOilAction.org.)


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A parade of palm oil products

September 11th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Digging into the palm oil debate, an urgent issue to many environmental groups, our reporter Ashley Phillips found herself slipping into a swamp of material.

For years, there has been a volley of claims and counter claims about the environmental and humanitarian consequences related to palm oil production.

The UN Environment Programme has blamed the massive destruction of rainforest in Malaysia and Indonesia for producing such a volume of manmade greenhouse gas emissions that it ranks behind only the US and China. These gases are released as the native rainforest is cleared to install or expand palm plantations, and it is exacerbated by the slash-and-burn clearing that is a double whammy to the atmosphere — removing carbon-holding rainforest while spewing carbon from massive wood fires.

Seemingly the only thing happening faster than the destruction of the rainforest in Southeast Asia is the consumer demand for palm oil which turns up in every 10th product at the grocery by some estimations.


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Wine company says one tree will go up for every bottle that goes down

September 3rd, 2009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

Once, long ago, a winemaker promised to sell no wine before its time. Now, a different company is promising to sell no wine (at least one label of wine anyway) without helping humans atone for past crimes.

The rhyme may not be as good, but the thought is more altruistic.


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Human nature, moral imperatives and vegan shoes

August 14th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Could all of our efforts to become green — our rehabbing of buildings, spurning of plastic bags and buying of new hybrids — turn out to be mere tinkerings in the tool shed as the whole grand project collapses around us?

That seems to be the point up for consideration these days. That this whole Save-the-Earth thing might be bigger than a green fashion trend or an overhaul of the auto industry. It might require more drastic action than turning down our newly installed programmable thermostats.

Recently, the New York Times ran a blog item about a study showing that having babies is one of the non-greenest things you can do, especially if you’re a Westerner and your baby is destined to be a giant among world consumers. This is sort of a “duh”. But the University of Oregon scientists quantified the impact, concluding that an American child would have seven times the impact of a Chinese-born kiddo.


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Prince Charles launches web campaign about deforestation hazards

May 7th, 2009

By Laura Elizabeth May
Green Right Now

Prince Charles launched a new Internet initiative The Prince’s Rainforest Project Campaign at the National Geographic’s store in London on Tuesday. The Prince also released a webcast drawing attention to deforestation.

The Prince attended a showing of a 90 second public awareness film. Celebrities such as Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, and the Dalai Lama joined Prince Charles and his sons Princes William and Harry to raise awareness of the organization and the loss of tropical rainforests.


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Tropical lizards can’t stand the heat?

March 3rd, 2009

By John DeFore
Green Right Now

The casual observer might imagine that few creatures would be bothered less by climate change than tropical lizards: Scaly and small, they should both shrug the heat off and be able to find shade easily when they feel like it.

That turns out not to be the case, as University of Washington biology professor Raymond Huey can tell you. Working from data collected three decades ago, he recently published a paper arguing that such creatures may actually be more vulnerable to rising temperatures than the rest of us.


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