19 May '11, 4pm

News: NOAA warns of 'unprecedented' ocean changes; Your lawn's planetary impact; Turning waste heat to electricity

Imagine a scenario where tens of millions of Americans are condemned by their own illusions to hours of hot, sweaty, grueling unpaid labor every week involving expensive and potentially dangerous chemicals, ear-shattering machines and fuels that pollute the air and water. This isn’t some nightmarish dystopian science-fiction plot. It’s happening right now as this nation’s suburban homeowners renew their unending and damaging war against nature to preserve, protect and pamper the foreign organisms that make up the American lawn. “It’s a constant battle to keep a lawn a lawn,” says Judy Prill, an analyst with the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Pollution Prevention. “If you let it go, it will grow back into a forest. … That’s what it wants to do here in New England.” If you’re skeptical about the potential harm this lawn obsession can do, consider th...

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/05/19/news-noaa-warns-of-...

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Turning over the new Leaf

Turning over the new Leaf

grist.org 20 May '11, 6pm

How do the Leaf's emissions stack up? Finally. If you don't like being dependent on oil -- but find that you do need to dr...