Eco-Beat, 10/6

Are houseboats the next big thing in coastal architecture? Did anybody get a free sample of Heather Mills’ vegan treats in the Bronx yesterday? Who’s side are you on in the Beer Wars: the Rebel Micro-Brewers or the Imperial Beer Forces? Today’s Eco-Beat has the scoop on all the latest green news and tips.

Floaihouse, credit: Morhphosis ArchitectsBrad Pitt’s Make it Right Debuts Floating House
Yesterday, Make it Right unveiled their latest bouyant creation in the NOLA rebuilding effort. Part boat, part house, it’s designed by Morphosis Architects to roll with whatever the rising tide brings in. Don’t worry about floating away, it’s anchored by two 12′ tall anchor posts.
Heather Mills, credit: Tim Whitby, Getty ImagesHeather Mills VBites the Big Apple
The former McCartney mistress opened the doors to the very first US location of her popular vegan restaurant chain VBites in the Bronx yesterday. Mills could be seen handing out free samples to the neighborhood kiddies. Ahh, isn’t that nice.
caulk man, credit: Mtsofan, FlickrTop 5 Green Home Myths
Do you have a pie-in-the-sky master plan to revolutionize your home’s energy use, you’re just waiting to win the lottery so you can get started? You can make improvements in almost every aspect of your home’s footprint without making a huge impact on your wallet.
Beer Wars poster, credit: Beerwarsmovie.comBeer Wars Movie: Battle of the Microbrews
Beer connoisseurs, you’ve probably noticed that the diversity on the beer aisle has been skyrocketing. Local, organic, and sometimes even renewably-powered micro brews have been winning the uphill battle into the nation’s alcohol-stream. “Beer Wars” is their story.
Biomega Boston, credit: Biomega.dkFinally, A Theft-Proof Folding Bike
Until now, an urban cyclist’s best hope was to buy a cheap frame, get a degree from Bike Lock University, and cross their fingers. Now, Biomega has unveiled the revolutionary Boston Bike, which has a lock integrated into its folding frame. Awesome.

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Eco-Beat, 10/5

Is “Old Christine” up to some new green tricks? Can Evander “the Real Deal” Holyfield help deliver a knockout blow to his latest opponent, global warming? Should you invest in a solar hot-water heater? Today’s Eco-Beat has the scoop on all the latest green news and tips.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, credit: Robyn Beck, Getty ImagesJulia Louis-Dreyfus Goes Green on the Set
On the set of “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” Julia works to keep the show’s footprint as small as possible. Says Julia: “Every light bulb is a compact fluorescent. We have a big recycling program. We tried to get rid of water bottles last year and failed at it.”
Evander Holyfield, credit: Jason Merritt, Getty ImagesHolyfield Steps in the Ring with Climate Change
The four-time heavyweight champ has partnered up with Global NES Georgia to convert 40 acres of his estate into a solar energy farm while converting another acre into a organic community garden for the neighborhood kids. Awesome.
solar water heater, credit: London Permaculture, FlickrWhen to Replace that Old Hot Water Heater
Sure, that old energy-hogging heater needs to go, but what should you put in its place? A tankless, on-demand heater, maybe? Or a renewable solar hot water heater? Grist has all the info to help you decide whether you can go zero-emissions in the shower.
Yellostone sign, credit: Scorpions and Centaurs, FlickrUS National Park Fail Their Physical
If you watched Ken Burns’ fabulous new documentary on our national parks, you now realize just how important it is for average, ordinary citizens to monitor the health of our parks. Well, after their latest exam, they’re not looking too healthy.
portrait of a naturescape, credit: Per Ola Wiberg, FlickrNature Scenes Make Us More Caring
One more very good reason to buy one of those National Parks calendars and hang it up in your cubicle: University of Rochester researchers have discovered that people are more relaxed, relationship-oriented, and generous after looking at beautiful naturescapes. No kidding.

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Eco-Beat, 10/2

Is Michelle Obama engaged in a hideous plot to teach children that veggies don’t grow at the supermarket? Need some recession-friendly fall decorating ideas, courtesy of mother nature? Will you take your EV for a cruise on the electric highway? Today’s Eco-Beat has the scoop on all the latest green news and tips.

Michelle Obama, credit: Jeff Swensen, Getty ImagesMichelle Obama Live On Sesame Street
Did you miss the First Lady’s appearance on Sesame Street? Yeah, so did everybody else who’s lucky enough to be gainfully employed these days. Thankfully, you can watch Michelle’s enlightening gardening tips (aka commie food witchcraft) at your leisure on the interweb.
fall decorations, credit: Andrea R, FlickrFall Decorations You Can Literally Scoop Up for Free
These days, decorating your abode with flowers you picked out of the field next across the street isn’t cheap — it’s sustainable. CasaSugar has a ton of ideas to help you steal designs (don’t worry they’re public domain) from mother nature and enhance your home’s aesthetic.
Beijin parade, credit: Frederic M Brown, Getty ImagesChina Masters the Art of Cloud Seeding
Using what they learned during the Beijing Olympic Games, Chinese officials sprayed a cocktail of miraculous chemicals into the sky to ensure that their parade — celebrating 60 years of communist rule — didn’t get rained-out on Thursday.
Tesla Roadster, credit: green.autoblog.comCalifornia’s Highway 101 Goes Electric
For the next few weeks, those lucky enough (and wealthy enough) to drive a Tesla Roadster will get to charge up for free at stations between LA and San Francisco. Eventually, Solarcity will equip the stations with universal chargers for all e-cars to “fill up” for a fee.
Wyclef Jean, credit: Michael Loccisano, Getty ImagesWyclef Jean Launches “Earthkeeping” Campaign
Timberland has hooked up with Wyclef to launch one of those campaigns that blend music, commercialism and environmental activism. As part of the campaign, Wyclef will host a series of urban greening events, then head to Haiti to build a tree nursery with his nonprofit Yéle.

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Eco-Beat, 10/1

Is the all-star version of “Beds Are Burning” the eco-jam of 2009? What actress found happiness in a pile of goat manure? Prius drivers, have you heard about the danger lurking in your floor mat? Today’s Eco-Beat has the scoop on all the latest green news and tips.

Lily Allen, credit: AFP, Gett Images“Beds Are Burning” Video Hits the Web
Much like Sting’s eco-centered “Message in a Bottle,” a gaggle of green celebrities have lent their voices to a new celebrity sing-a-long version of Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning.” Duran Duran, Fergie, Lily Allen, and Bob Geldof are just a few of the stars making an appearance.
Ellen Page, credit: Jason Merritt, Getty ImagesEllen Page Lived in a Eco-Commune
After the immense success that followed “Juno,” Ellen Page apparently felt the need to lay low for a while and study the art of permaculture at an eco-village outside Eugene, Oregon. There, she learned that shoveling goat poop was one of life’s hidden treasures.
Toyota Prius, credit: green.autoblog.comToyota Issues a Recall on Prius, Other Models
Yeah, a Prius can save you big bucks on gas … as long as you don’t drive with a lead foot. While I’m sure most hybrid drivers would never drive like that intentionally, due to a flaw in the the floormat/accelerator pedal design, your pedal could get stuck to the floor!
Tokyo poster, credit: Swang 168, FlickrWill the 2016 Olympics be Mankind’s Last?
While I find the prediction ridiculous a tad on the alarmist side, the governor of Tokyo (one of the cities vying for the 2016 Olympic games) has gone on record, saying “It could be that the 2016 Games are the last Olympics in the history of mankind.” Talk about a hard sell.
man smoking, credit: Lanier67, FlickrA New Frontier in the Anti-Smoking War
In the fight to improve air-quality for non-smokers, lighting up has been banned almost universally in all bars, restaurants and public places. Now, a Dallas woman is suing her neighbor for smoke that has allegedly wafted through their shared firewall.

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Eco-Beat, 9/30

Who is Sting’s latest message in a bottle addressed to? Can the First Lady bring sustainable gardening to Sesame Street? Why the heck are school kids forbidden to ride bikes to school? Today’s Eco-Beat has the scoop on all the latest green news and tips.

Sting, credit: Michael Loccisano, Getty ImagesSting Helps Trees Send Out an SOS
The latest celebrity to join forces with Prince Charles’ Rainforests Project, Sting is lending one of his most famous tunes to the cause. He hopes that leaders at the climate talks in Copenhagen get his message in a bottle. Watch Sting’s latest “Message in a Bottle” video.
Michelle Obama Brings Green Thumb to Sesame St.
Want some elementary gardening tips mixed with some awesome muppetry action? The First Lady will share some of the lessons she learned in the White House veggie garden with the furry denizens of Sesame Street and you, of course.
salad onion, credit: Foonus, FlickrSalad Engineering 101
Grab some of the tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce that Michelle Obama taught you to grow on Sesame Street and get to work on a leafy masterpiece that eats like a complete meal. FitSugar has some tips to turn your low-carbon appetizer into a superfood.
no idling sign, credit: Found Drama, FlickrRefuting the Car Idling Myths
Should I warm the car up for a few minutes in winter? Are frequent starts rough on my starter? Is idling more fuel efficient than turning the engine on and back off? Or are we needlessly idling our way to a hotter dirty planet? The short answer to the last question is: Yes.
kids riding to school, credit: carfreedays, FlickrSchool District Bans Biking/Walking to School
In the middle of a child obesity epidemic, schools in Saratoga Springs, NY, have actually banned students from biking or walking to school. Why would a school district enact such a ridiculous policy? Thankfully, at least one family is standing up to the ban.

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