The Green Community week in review: Tampa Bay oil spill forum video, chemicals in your cosmetics, spices used to reduce methane emissions, and more

[image-1] - The St Petersburg College environmental clubs and SPC chapter of US Green Building Council Students  adopted a mile of beach (Lot 36) on North Shore Clearwater Beach, running from Rockaway St. to 880 Mandalay.

Curry spices could be a natural alternative to cut methane emissions from cows and sheep - Spices traditionally found in Indian curries could cut methane emissions in cattle by up to 40%.

Republican-led House to Charlie Crist on offshore drilling amendment: "F*ck You." - CFO and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink dubbed it "the tone-deaf state Legislature," and may use what happened today as another reason why change needs to happen in the state capitol.

The Story of Cosmetics: What's really in our personal care products (video) - It explains what's really in our personal care products (carcinogens and neurotoxins, to name a few) and it talks about how the big cosmetic companies are mislabeling products as "organic" and "natural" when they're really full of harmful toxins.

Impact of the oil crisis in the Gulf on Tampa Bay forum (video) - In case you missed the Impact of the Oil Crisis in the Gulf on Tampa Bay Forum at the SPC Seminole Campus last week, you can watch it in its entirety here.

Eco chic: Baa Baa Zuzu's unique, recycled wool clothing and accessories - Each piece is a unique work of art in itself, with no two items that look alike.

Used (clean) cloth diapers, burp cloths and baby blankets being collected for oil spill relief efforts - FuzziBunz, the makers of quality cloth diapers, are collecting used baby items for wildlife rescue and cleanup.

Suncoast Surfrider Foundation Texas Hold 'Em Charity Tournament for clean water, August 7th - The proceeds will go directly to Suncoast Chapter Surfrider Foundation who are then donating 50% to a charitable organization which are helping oiled animals. The remaining 50% will be allocated for water testing kits and various other chapter needs.

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:

Get chemical-free hair at Jules Organic Hair Salon - A salon that cares about the health of their customers as well as the planet.

Oil spill containment for dummies: Bill Nye explains how BP's new cap works (video) - Having trouble understanding how BP's new containment cap on the damaged oil well works? Luckily, the TV scientist whom we all know and love, Bill Nye the Science Guy, gives us the 411.

High speed rail briefing in Tampa gives update on project- Tampa voters should be aware of a referendum on the ballot this November that proposes a one cent sales tax increase to fund the light rail system. When asked how this would affect construction of the Tampa rail station if it does not pass, Iorio said, “It’s not an option. This region must have a better transportation system. It if doesn’t happen in 2010 we will get it on the ballot in 2012.”

More than 20 bills added to special session on offshore drilling - but will House be around for any of them? - Republicans have denounced the special session as a glorified photo op for the Governor - particularly in the House - where there is absolutely no love lost for Crist.  One Representative - Oviedo's Sandy Greene-  has gone as far as calling on  Crist being censured for the act of calling the session together.

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