Earth Day Roundup: Green Charcoal, Polluted Fish Feast, and Earth Heroes

By Rachel Cernansky | April 22, 2009 6:00 pm

earthday.jpg• Greener cooking methods have been quite the craze lately, but the search for the perfect solution will (hopefully) continue until there is one. In Senegal, “green charcoal” is now being produced from agricultural waste materials to replace the black kind that has caused the destruction of so many trees.

“Bell-bottoms and gas masks”: Check out National Geographic‘s slideshow of the first Earth Day, back in 1970. (And learn here about its history—why is it April 22, anyway?)

• Gotta pay some respect to history’s Earth Day heroes, whether they be from comic books or real life.

• Here’s the bad news first: Dow Chemical is sponsoring a fish festival near a polluted Michigan river where the (toxic) fish that are caught will be donated to the poor. But the good news: If you like SunChips, you can soon rest assured about their packaging—by 2010, it will be fully compostable.

Image: Flickr / kimberlyfaye

  • Christina Viering

    I don’t think anyone will show up for the fish fry.

  • Stephen Klaber

    The real importance of the “green charcoal” is that some of it will be produced from the Typha weed infestations that are now clogging the African continent. Eradicatory harvest of the Typha in sub Saharan Africa would fight desertification, malaria and a host of other problems. When grown in clean water and soil, Typha is FOOD. It is always fuel.


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