The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living (Complete Idiot's by Trish Riley

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Rampant growth and development driven by financial gain are often blamed for ecowaste and environmental damage. In a wry twist, maybe following the money will lead us to a healthier planet this time. BVS:SOabG]c

O`b( =c`3O`bV(BVS0WU>WQbc`S PIRG says that the United States burns more than 900 million tons of coal each year, releasing 2 billion tons of CO2 and 51 tons of mercury into our air and water. S. waters each day. EVOb1O\0S2]\SSo what can we do to reverse these trends and chart a course for a greener future? AcPaWRWhSAcQQSaa Adding to their massive commercial wealth, the coal and oil industries receive $200 billion in worldwide subsidies. Ross Gelbspan suggests what seems an obvious path to a solution to the global warming crisis: reinvest those public tax funds in 100 percent clean and efficient renewable energy resources.

For much of the year, red tide consumes the Gulf, killing fish and manatees and damaging the tourism trade that depends on beaches and fishing. Florida’s largest lake, Lake Okeechobee, is nearly dead, polluted by cattle waste from area beef ranches and dairies to the north and from sugar farms to the south. The lake is part of the Everglades water system that has been compromised by development and agriculture. The waste produced by the farms is nitrogen rich, and that nitrogen runs into the lake, fertilizing algae, which grows unchecked, sucking the oxygen from the water and making it impossible for fish or other plants to live.

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