EcoModo - The Best of TreeHugger

This week at TreeHugger: The rest of the 'net has been abuzz, wondering "Are mobile phones wiping out our bees?" We try to straighten it out. Spinal Tap has noticed that it's "Warmer than Hell," and that fighting global warming is more complicated than just taking off your jacket. Apple's iPods are everywhere, but among the ubiquitous accessories are a few that are actually useful; have a look at our favorites. Lastly, Sheryl Crow has put her thinking cap on to come up with a meaningful, real-world solution for solving global warming, and asks you, "Can you spare a square?"

Ever since the the UK's Independent asked "Are mobile phones wiping out our bees?" a couple weeks back, the Internet and print media have been abuzz, with thousands of blog postings and hundreds of print articles, all reprinting the news without question. The researchers aren't too excited about all the coverage, though. "Ever since The Independent wrote their article, for which they never called or wrote to us, none of us have been able to do any of our work because all our time has been spent in phone calls and emails trying to set things straight. This is a horror story for every researcher to have your study reduced to this." Guess the bees can put a stop on the order of all those tinfoil hats.


The legendary rockers in Spinal Tap announced plans to reform for this summer's Live Earth concert, being organized by Al Gore. The band will release a new single that galvanizes their thoughts about global warming, "Warmer Than Hell," which features the lyric, "The devil went to Devon, it felt like the fourth degree/He said, 'Is it hot in here, or is it only me?'" They've released a short film in advance of the new single in which the band explains that they knew global warming was real when they realized that just taking off a jacket wasn't enough to cool things off.

Apple's iPods are everywhere; it seems that everybody's got one, in various sizes, shapes, storage capacities and playback times; some play movies, some clip to your shirt, they all can be recycled and we nominated one, the nano, as the green product of the year in 2005. Whatever your iPod persuasion, we took a look at some green(er) ways to keep 'em charged up, scratch-free and looking good, at least until the next model comes out. Included in our list are grid-free kinetic and solar chargers, battery-pack extenders, cases that'll help keep you from snapping it like a graham cracker if you sit on it, and even a dock big enough to sleep on.

Lastly, Sheryl Crow recently toured the US in a bio-fuel bus, spreading the good green word. "I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming," the star said, "Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting." Hardly an exciting idea on its own, but Sheryl took it to new extremes with the suggestion that we use, "only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required". Whoa there, Sheryl. Maybe you should leave the TreeHugging to the pros, okay?

TreeHugger's EcoModo column appears every Tuesday on Gizmodo.


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