The Green Community week in review: Gulf oil spill is "largest marine oil accident ever", why high speed rail is needed and more

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

Green DIY: Using the sun and hula hoops to naturally heat your pool (video) - These "lily pad pool warmers" float on the surface of the water and attract heat from the sun, thus heating the water in the pool in the process.

EarthTalk: How long does it take a plastic grocery bag to decompose? - Setting the record straight.

Say goodbye to batteries: Talk-powered cell phones in development - Cell phones in the near future could be powered by the spoken word — literally.

Photos from a whimsical holiday: National Park(ing) Day - On Friday, Sept. 17, city dwellers across the country converted the an everyday slab of asphalt into the serene and magical on National Park(ing) Day.

Could Florida actually be a leader in banning sugar drinks from public schools? - The Orlando Sentinel  reports that the state's Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to move forward on a plan to eliminate "sugary" beverages and the state the first in the country to ban chocolate milk in public schools.