- Here’s a cool idea. A sustainable reading movement, it involves donating used magazines and books to local schools and shelters—as well as using old newspapers as compost. Here’s the lowdown, via Green Living Ideas:
There are several organizations that support the sustainable reading movement. To ease your green mind about the books on your shelf right now, there are several organizations like EcoLibris, whose aim is to balance out the tree to book ratio. For every 2 books you volunteer, they plant one tree.
This online community of fellow readers is easy to join and creates a very simple solution to easing the environmental impact of reading. EcoLibris partners with book clubs, publishers, authors, and book stores.
There is a growing online book swapping community for people who want the real thing, and want to contribute to reforestation while stopping the waste cycle. BookMooch is an international online community for exchanging used books. It has more than 500,000 members who exchange books for free, using a simple points system—every time you send someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from anyone else at BookMooch.
- Hope you like 3-eyed fish! British environmental agencies warn that nuclear waste containers are likely to fail—i.e. become FUBAR—before they can be sealed away underground. Geoffrey Lean of The Independent reports:
The unpublicised report is by the Environment Agency, which has to approve any proposals for getting rid of the waste that remains deadly for tens of thousands of years.
The document effectively destroys Britain's already shaky disposal plans just as ministers are preparing an expansion of nuclear power.
It shows that many containers used to store the waste are made of second-rate materials, are handled carelessly, and are liable to corrode.
The report concludes: "It is cautious to assume a significant proportion will fail." It says computer models suggest up to 40 per cent of them could be at risk.
- Bayer CropScience is under attack from by a German organization for using pesticides that kill honey bees. Very bad, we need bees! More from the Environment News Service—take a look:
The coalition filed the charge in cooperation with German beekeepers who claim they lost thousands of hives after poisoning by the Bayer pesticide clothianidin in May.
Since 1991, Bayer has been producing the insecticide imidacloprid, which is one of the best selling insecticides in the world, often used as seed-dressing for maize, sunflower, and rape. Bayer exports imidacloprid to more than 120 countries and the substance is Bayer's best-selling pesticide.
Since patent protection for imidacloprid has expired in most countries, Bayer in 2003 brought a similarly functionning successor product, clothianidin, onto the market, the coalition alleges.
Both substances are systemic chemicals that work their way from the seed through the plant. The substances get into the pollen and the nectar and can damage beneficial insects such as bees.