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The 30 most recent items from TreeHugger

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    According to a study commissioned by Michigan's Local First, "when West Michigan consumers choose a locally owned business over a non-local alternative, $73 of every $100 spent stays in the community. By

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    Detroit, Michigan, the Motor City, has struggled with arson fires for years, most notably on Devil's Night. Things have gotten better in recent years. There's also development and residents here. But vacant and burned-out buildings are still a problem

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    Yesterday I posted on ResilientCITY—the new project from the makers of the End of Suburbia. And earlier today I posted, from that same project, an interview with Rob Hopkins about the difference between

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    So I heard a TV news report about gunfire that shut down a wind turbine park in Michigan's Thumb. And I went looking for more information on the Internet. It

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    You may have heard that well-worn neckties can be full of germs. This isn't one of those posts. Not directly, at least. It's about Infectious Awareables, a California company which sells silk neckties featuring microscopic close-ups of

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    CAFOS, aka concentrated animal feeding operations and factory or mega farms, are known for water pollution. What that pollution does, beyond being disgusting, is still being studied. The latest

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    This $2 million project, funded mostly with private money, is billed as the most comprehensive look at the Chicago waterway system since the reversal of the Chicago River more than 100 years ago. This

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    Beautiful, chocolate-brown Mitchell's Satyr butterflies used to frequent up to five U.S. states. Today, this species of butterfly can only be found in 19 "fens," a type of unique, low-nutrient wetland area, in

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    Sally Augustin of Metropolis makes some grand claims in her post Places that Work: Holland's Sidewalks that I want to believe and promote; after all, I have always said that private investment

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    Yeh. That's right. No offshore wind turbines on Michigan's Great Lakes. Coal-fired power plants are much more appealing: Beautiful

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    Michigan's nightlife is looking up. The state's first International Dark Sky Park has been created. It's now one of only six in the U.S. and 10 in the world. Think about that. In lots of (too many?) places on Earth, you don't see

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    Thanks to the King of Beers. Budweiser has given men another excuse for not shaving, and growing a beard. Let's extend this to any beer, or any reason, for growing a beard and saving water. Like growing a beard for locally made

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    Who says we have to choose between jobs and the environment? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is starting a sort of Public Works program for the Great Lakes --- prioritizing funding for restoration projects that put the

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    A Gibson guitar operation in Nashville was recently raided by Federal agents - this being the second time in 3 years. According to a WSJ article (see Guitar Frets) , they were looking for

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    Just months after the BP spill last year, an Enbridge pipeline spilled nearly a million gallons of oil into a creek flowing into the Kalamazoo River near Battle Creek, Michigan. It became the largest oil spill in the

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    Don't Blink or You'll Miss It! Google has created a series of video ads called "Search Stories". They're basically short vignettes showing some cool projects that were made possible by people finding the right information (using Google, of course). The

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    Paper Age reports that "total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6.4% in August compared to August 2010." Burrowing in, Fortress Specialty Cellulose echos the

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    From the Redskins' huge solar installation to a solar-powered NASCAR track that mows its grass with sheep, major sporting venues can be an ideal location for solar power. From large expanses of rooftops and parking lots to their high energy needs to

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    Blooming Lake Erie. Photo Credit: NASA EO Pure Michigan is a slogan used in the Great Lakes State, to bring in tourists and celebrate the beauty of nature. You probably won't be seeing these images in any Pure Michigan ad campaign. They're of algae,

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    Western Michigan University is installing solar-powered electric car charging. But it has to chop down nine trees to do it.

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