“Without doubt, one of the most
important books of the last 50 years. I shall urge everyone I know who
cares about life on earth, and the future of their children, and
children’s children, to read it. . . . Steven Druker is a hero. He
deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”--Jane Goodall, Ph.D. (from the
will probably have electric cars with a 200 mile range for around
$30,000 in about 2 years. Here's what GM has been working on.
may end up throwing out all your BPA free plastic bottles after you
listen to this. Jump to 15:20 (the first little dot) for the story.
If you want to eat healthier and want
to try plant based foods, lots of new restaurants are opening. Native Foods Cafe is opening 200
restaurants in the U.S. They have opened two in DC and one in Falls Church, with one to follow in Fairfax. Soupergirl
has a second location, this one is in DC. Soupergirl does not use any
GMO ingredients and is Kosher. You can find their soups in many health
food stores in the area. The
Randy Radish has a food truck serving the area; they also don't use
any GMO's. The Vegetable
Garden has reopened; now they are in Silver Spring.
a way to increase the number of bees, that pollinate our food crops. NRDC says
we stand to lose as much as $15 billion in agricultral crops if bees
disappear. Who would have thought the thing that might save the entire
agricultral system is ... flowers? You can buy these little "seedles"
for as little as about $9.00; you just throw them where you want
wildflower, and nature does the rest. This would make a great project
for schools, scouts or churches.
Earth Day is April 22; events usually happen the weekend before and the weekend after the 22nd. A big event will be on the National Mall on April 18. Participants will include Mary J. Blige and Usher. Will.I.Am and Soledad O'Brien are the hosts.
Toyota is expected to begin selling a fuel cell vehicle
in 2015. This is zero polluting, fueled by compressed hydrogen, refuels
in a few minutes and has a range of about 300 miles. The price in Japan
is about $69,000, so that gives us a ballpark price for the US.
California has a small network
of refueling stations, so this is a logical place for initial sales.
Recommended electric vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids -
mileage figures are miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe);
prices are BEFORE federal tax credit. These credits (for electric
vehiclesfor plug-in hybrids)
range from $2,500 to 7,500. Note, the Volt is not actually a hybrid;
it's considered an electric car, so it qualifies for the $7,500 credit.