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Crown Capital Eco Management Org

Crown Capital Eco Management Org

Well-being, Community, Environment

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  • Whatcom_council_177_

    BELLINGHAM TheNewsTribune - A candidate forum on growth and the environment was canceled because none of the four conservative Whatcom County Council hopefuls were going to participate. The organizers, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Futurewise, announced the cancelation Wednesday, July 31, one day before the forum was to be held. They hope to reschedule it before the election on Nov. 5.

    "The goal of this forum was to question all the candidates about critical growth and environmental issues," RE Sources Executive Director Crina Hoyer said. "We would love to give the community the opportunity to have their opinions."

    RE Sources would go ahead with the forum if it could get "the majority of candidates represented," Hoyer said, which means that one of the conservative candidates would need to join incumbents Ken Mann and Carl Weimer; Rud Browne, who is challenging Bill Knutzen; and Barry Buchanan, who opposes Kathy Kershner.

    It was unclear late Wednesday whether the organizers would ever get that majority.

    Knutzen had said earlier this week that he didn't want to take part in a forum hosted by Futurewise. The anti-sprawl group has filed challenges to what it perceives as the county's overly permissive rural-growth rules.

    "It seems if they don't get their way, they litigate everything," Knutzen said on Wednesday, reaffirming his stance. "It's frustrating, and it's not the kind of behavior I want to support."


  • Teabags_177_ *SOME environmental activists get worked up about rainforests. Others worry about the plight of polar bears or the perils of rising sea levels. But for Diana Fox Carney, an economist, green guru and wife of the new Governor of the Bank of England, the issue that gets her really, really hot under the collar is the humble tea bag. She describes the leaf-filled sachets as one of her 'pet hates' and says they are an environmental disaster. "Yes, they can be pretty, and convenient, but do we really need an extra 40cm squared of bleached and printed paper with every cup of tea?" she writes on her blog, which reviews eco-friendly products. For those millions who adore the convenience of the tea bag, it was enough to make us choke on our Tetley's. So does Mrs. Fox Carney have a point? And are tea bags really doing untold harm to the planet? -* The Scale of the Tea bag Menace The tea bag was invented by accident more than 100 years ago by American merchant Thomas Sullivan, who decided to send samples of tea to customers in small silk pouches. Some people were confused - assuming that the bags were supposed to be dunked in hot water just like traditional metal tea infusers. When Sullivan heard what they were doing, he spotted a gap in the market. Thus, serendipitously, the tea bag was born. At first, there were complaints that the mesh of the bags was too fine, so he replaced the silk with gauze. And as tea bags entered mass production, cheaper paper was u...
  • Ginseng_177_

    “The sixth in a series on NSF's Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) award” – (NFS.GOV)

    “We entered a vale at 5 o'clock, then crossed a run and rode along a rich level for several miles, and under the delightful protection of very tall trees that brought us to a creek...where we lodged surrounded by ginseng. --John Bartram, 1751, Travels from Pensilvania to Onandaga, Oswego and Lake Ontario in Canada. “

    Being surrounded by ginseng--a low-growing green-leafed herb of North American forests--may have been common in 1751, but today? Ginseng is under siege. Biologist James McGraw of West Virginia University should know. Today on World Environment Day, and indeed every day, McGraw says that we can learn much about the environment around us from one small plant. Funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) grant, McGraw and colleagues peer into the lives of more than 4,000 individual ginseng plants each year to see how they're faring. "These understory plants are subject to all manner of [environmental] stresses," says McGraw. "After a while, you begin to wonder why there are any left."

    Facing a panoply of threats

    First, he says, there's harvesting for medicinal uses, "which is widespread and often illegally or at least unethically done. Then we have our four-footed friends--white-tailed deer--which eat a significant number of plants every year." The plants' next challen...

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