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Keeping "Poo-Miles" to a Minimum with Composting Porta-Potties

Mobile composting toilets present an environmentally friendlier alternative to the standard Porta-Potty.

The outdoor concert is one of summer's most delightful events, but also one of its grosser experiences from an environmental perspective. Drawbacks include the mountains of trash and disposable cups, the abundance of fast food, the absence of public transportation for getting to remote festival locations, and last but not least, the ubiquity of chemical-fueled Porta Potties. As Treehugger pointed out, festivals have recently tried to address some of these problems: Coachella offered a train in 2008 to convey passengers to the festival grounds while the Danish festival Roskilde installed "P-Trees" (a makeshift urinal strapped to a tree which drains urine into the ground; see the video below).

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This morning, Treehugger put together a persuasive list of reasons to stop driving and start cycling. Aside from the fairly obvious health benefits, a more active commute can influence your productivity and even your work attendance. Plus, it goes without saying that any reprieve from the drudgery of rush hour traffic is a serious advantage. Here's the rundown by Warren Mclaren:

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As a devoted reader torn between my love for print and my love for trees, I'm eager to check out this horticultural alternative to the digital revolution. The cover of novelist James Kaelan's first book, We're Getting On, is made with birch seed paper, so that when you finish the book, you have the option to return it to the earth from whence it came. Furthermore, as Bonnie Alter writes on Treehugger:

The author is doing his book tour on a bicycle because he recognises that it is difficult to be carbon free in the manufacturing of the book, no matter how hard one tries. So he wants to make the promotional part as emission free as he can. He will be staying at organic farms and eating vegan power bars. He will be travelling from Los Angeles to Vancouver. Calling it the Zero Emissions tour, he will be visiting 22 towns, biking 1900 miles in 40 days.

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Alternative-energy naysayers sometimes argue that building things like offshore wind farms would not only be unfeasible, but that they would also do enough environmental and financial damage to render them worse than sticking with coal or other traditional energy sources. Not so in the Garden State, where Treehugger reports that, "an environmental impact assessment looking at proposed offshore wind farms in New Jersey shows that there will be little negative impact on wildlife, shipping or tourism."

That's great news for the Northeast. You can read the full report here.

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This Week at TreeHugger: Atwood on a Bleak Future, Smart Grids Go Big Brother, and the War on Pedestrians Heats Up

This week, TreeHugger spoke to Margaret Atwood, wondered what smart grids will mean for our privacy, learned some new ways of...

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