The Green Community week in review: Deep-water drilling moratorium, climate change science, green your Halloween and more

[image-1] - This event was focused on raising awareness of the climate change crisis and rising to the challenge, one project at a time.


October is Fair Trade Month: Be a conscious consumer! - It is also a time when many green products as well fair trade and handmade goods will be widely advertised and sold, so why not learn more about Fair Trade practices so you can become a more educated consumer?


Wipe without the guilt: Treeless toilet paper made from sugar cane - This revolutionary paper is made from sugar cane, namely recycled sugar cane bagasse, an agricultural crop by-product.


Administration vs environmentalists: Lifting the ban on deep-water drilling - While many are supporting the new job opportunities once more with drilling, others are outraged at the fast return of deep-water drilling, especially after the detrimental Gulf spill. Is this a positive move on the administration’s part?


The science of climate change in 2010 - But if these events weren't enough for you to contemplate climate change, perhaps an ice island breaking off from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland that was over 4 times the size of Manhattan island will!


EarthTalk: Bike lanes and paths on the increase - Around the U.S. new bike lanes and paths are all the rage, helping cash-strapped cities simultaneously green operations and trim budgets—adding bike lanes is far less costly (to taxpayers and the environment) than building new roads.


Green DIY: Make your own Halloween costume - If you are still without a costume and a clue, don't go buying one at the mall or online. Go the greener and economical route this year and make your own from inexpensive or found items.


Don’t forget to check out our Green Community Calendar for green events and workshops in the Bay Area!

What’s the buzz on the latest issues in the Green Community? Check out what you may have missed last week:

Pixie Gas, the "green gas company", is spreading the word on the benefits of liquefied petroleum gas - Pixie Gas makes conversion kits for vehicles that can be installed on cars, trucks and tractors so that you can run on LPG. You can even have an LPG pumping station at your home so that you will always be able to fuel your vehicle. They will train you so that you are comfortable with the process and help you with any tax forms that you qualify for.

Raw milk vs the FDA: Stephen Colbert investigates the unpasteurized milk debate (video) - Should the government tell individuals what they can and cannot consume? If people are knowingly eating things that could be harmful to them, isn't it their choice?

DIY Halloween: Create ghoulish wreaths from inexpensive and found items - Forget shelling out big bucks for Halloween decorations — get crafty and make your own!

EarthTalk: Turning dog poop into energy - In anaerobic digester systems, microbes generate methane gas—which can be captured and used for power—once they are set free on manure or trash.

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