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From Making Waves
This is part of a series of short news updates beyond Greenpeace-specific news. World environmental events in a blurb:
Change comes from within, or in the case of a new internet trend, from underneath. Underneath your clothing that is. With its eco line of men’s and women’s underwear, companies like PACT, Obviously and Pants to Poverty and wants to start a social movement with eco-friendly underwear.
Websites such as The Frisky, Mother Nature, Urlesque, Bitch, and Eco Fashion World are all raving about eco-friendly underwear that takes your daily environmental act to another level.
And fair trade and organic cotton isn’t the only material used to make these green undies, the pouched brief from Obviously for example, is made from Modal which is cellulose extracted from sustainable beech tree and takes 12 times less water to produce than cotton. Another company called g=9.8 make their underthings from recycled white pine tree pruning.
And PACT tries to outdo them all by not only making their products from organic material, but the shipping material as well. PACT uses reusable cloth bag packaging and compost-able shipping bags. And 10 per cent of their sales go to three different nonprofits – 826 National, ForestEthics and Oceana.
This week, more than 800 young eco-warriors from 110 countries are at “the biggest youth gathering on climate change” in South Korea. The week-long conference, part of Ban Ki-Moon’s “Seal the Deal!” campaign, gives young people a chance to demand action on global warming before the Copenhagen meeting in December.
The conference is “a gathering of the generation that will inherit the outcome of the decisions taken in December and beyond,” said the UNEP executive director, Achim Steiner.
A Coal Superhero
In Pennsylvania, a coal-industry group calledFamilies Organized to Represent the Coal Economy came out with a coloring book for children that promotes coal energy. This educational tool teaches children about Pennsylvania’s dependency on coal power at the hand of its own superheroes, Power Rock and sidekick Spurt.
The plot of the story? Three kids are building a snowmen and need coal for eyes. (Snowmen? A pun to climate change?)
Suddenly Power Rock and Spurt come to their rescue and teach the kids about the two ways to get coal – above and underground mining. Spurt then has the kids think of all the things coal helps power, like video games, TV’s, and lights.
The kids are impressed by the importance of coal and gratefully give the snowman its eyes.
Thanks Power Rock! For not telling the kids that your coal plants aid climate change and could lead to no more snow to build snowmen with.
London will glow a little greener.
Traffic lights at 300 junctions in London will undergo a green make-over.
“I’ve seen the future and it comprises these tip-top, energy-busting traffic lights,” said Boris Johnson of Transport for London (TfL).
TfL will install more than 10,000 LEDs, each of which is expected to cut energy use and carbon emissions by 60 per cent compared to existing bulbs.
The project is expected to cut total annual carbon emissions by 600 tonnes, reducing TfL’s energy bill by about £200,000 in the process.
There’s a danger looming underneath the arctic ice and it comes in the form of bubbles. Yes bubbles. “They’re amazing and beautiful,” researcher Katey Walter said in a February L.A Times article.
Beautiful maybe, but also very hazardous. Small in size but big in strength, methane is a potent greenhouse gas that could accelerate the pace of climate change across the globe. Walter’s research found that methane has at 20 times the heat-trapping effect of an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide and as warmer air thaws Arctic soils, as much as 55 billion tons of methane could be released from beneath Siberian lakes alone.
And today the BBC reports that a joint team of German and British scientists say they have evidence that methane is escaping from the Arctic sea bed. This time in Norway.
As temperatures rise, the sea-bed grows warmer and frozen water crystals in the sediment break down, allowing the methane bubbles trapped inside to escape.
The research team found that than 250 plumes of methane bubbles are rising from the sea-bed off Norway.
Methane release due to the melting Arctic is “a global warming wild card,” last year’s UNEP report stated. As large amounts entering the atmosphere could lead to “abrupt changes in the climate that would likely be irreversible.”
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