The Green Community week in review: Gulf seafood testing, Florida's threatened black bear population, COP16 'head in the sand' protest and more

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

EarthTalk: China surpassed U.S. carbon emissions, producing 17% of total world carbon dioxide output - China passed the U.S. as the world’s leading greenhouse gas emitter back in 2006 and today produces some 17 percent of the world’s total carbon dioxide output. According to the China Daily news service, air and water pollution, combined with widespread use of food additives and pesticides, make cancer the top killer in China.

Creative reuse ideas for old phone books - After you get the updated version of your local phone book, you don’t have to throw the old one away. Check out these alternate uses.

'Head in the sand' protest at COP16 UN climate change conference in Cancun (video) - Before the summit ended, 24 Sierra Club volunteers, with help from's Bill McKibben and a man in a polar bear costume from the Center for Biological diversity, held their own demonstration on a Cancun beach "showing the delegates from participating countries burying their heads in the sand."

Holiday wrapping paper (and many other plastics) could be recycled using new technology - Researchers at the University of Warwick have found a new method of recycling plastics that can break down complex plastic polymers, including those in household plastics and holiday wrapping paper.

Are Gulf Coast residents consuming more oil spill-related toxins, and how safe is dispersant for consumption? - The NRDC has just released their independent study and found that Gulf Coast residents consume 3.6-12.1 times as much seafood as the national average.