Saturday Green Links – 8/11
Mosquitos with first West Nile and now EEE have been found in Massachusetts, leading to some serious pesticide spraying. Does anyone know more about the effects of sumithrin and piperonyl butoxide?
- Spraying for EEE will be repeated – Boston Globe. State officials say they are taking pesticide worries seriously by using sumithrin, combined with piperonyl butoxide to activate it (also known as Anvil 10+10). “They say the combination breaks down very rapidly when exposed to sunlight and has very low toxicity to humans and animals.”
- Study Finds More of Earth Is Hotter and Says Global Warming Is at Work – New York Times. The head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York looks at the pattern of more extreme heat planet-wide.
- Profits on Carbon Credits Drive Output of a Harmful Gas – New York Times. Gas manufacturers are gaming the U.N. carbon credit system like Olympic badminton athletes.
- Wide Differences Found in Buildings’ Power Use – New York Times. Some of New York’s largest buildings use “up to five times as much electricity, natural gas, heating oil and steam as others of comparable size or purpose.” (Thanks, Sharon!)
- Starting an Energy Efficiency Program in Your Town – Energy Circle. The Claremont Home Energy Retrofit Project educated town officials, contractors and homeowners about the benefits of home performance improvements.
- Plants Reduce Pollution 8X More Than Previously Thought – The Good Human. I’ve always suspected that my cat was trying to kill me by destroying all my houseplants.
- Meal Kits Fit for a Chef – Local in Season. I’m such a lazy cook that this is exciting! I’m trying out all four this week.
- The Evolution of Kale – Locavore in the City. I love kale, but I don’t use it very versatilely. I haven’t even made delicious baked kale chips yet!
- A Ridiculously Happy Visit – Suburban Snow White. Farm Sanctuary sounds wonderful. It reminds me of the trip we took to the Best Friends sanctuary.
That’s all for now. If you come across anything interesting this week, send it my way.