Our Picks
March 2007

Picks Archive
February 26, 2007 - March 5, 2007
  • Beat the Heat! - This new interactive feature from NRDC and the Stop Global Warming Virtual March wants you to get on the map and help fight global warming. You can zoom around different parts of the country and see why people care about solving global warming -- and how they're going to become part of the solution. When you get on the map, you can share your story and be part of the solution, too.

  • Wild Life - A new online column from the Nature Conservancy's lead scientist, Sanjayan, promises to be anything but dry. In the first installment, he's asked to "distract" an angry lioness in Kenya. He succeeds, and also helps persuade the rifle-toting rancher bent on shooting the lioness to tag it with a tracking collar instead.

  • Ready Made: The Green Design Issue - Ready Made magazine's green design issue has tips on how to find salvaged wood on the web (Craig's List, of course!), as well as the story of an architect who transformed his own house into an energy-efficient dream.
March 5, 2007 - March 12, 2007
  • Planetfesto - Do you love the planet? It's time to stand up and be counted. Planetfesto needs 262,965,120 people to create a virtual ribbon long enough to wrap around the earth. To do your piece of the ribbon, simply choose one of their beautiful images (or upload your own), say why you love the planet, and what you're personally going to do to protect it. If you're stumped, you'll find plenty of inspiration just watching the ribbon scroll by, with impassioned declarations of love from all over the world.

  • Beneficial Insects 101 - It's a bug-eat-bug world -- why not take advantage? This website is a terrific primer for gardeners interested in ditching nasty, expensive chemicals to control pests. Start with simple garden tips, like how to attract ladybugs, or look for strategies to combat specific undesirables, like predatory mites.

  • We Are What We Do - This colorful, energetic site inspires people to change the world with simple, everyday actions. Here's No. 51: "Find out where your lunch has come from." The fun part is that the site doesn't stop there. For each action, you can see how many people have done it, what other actions they've taken, or "dare" a friend to do it. And you can keep track of your good deeds with a personal action log.
March 12, 2007 - March 19, 2007
  • Sports Illustrated: Going, Going Green - SI's cover story this month shows Dontrelle Willis of the Florida Marlins standing knee-deep in a flooded stadium, a photo-illustration of how global warming could affect the sports world. From driving biodiesel buses to planting trees, some teams and athletes are already doing their part to fight global warming. "Eco-consciousness," says the article, "is leaching into the jockosphere."

  • Safe Lawns - The website of this new nonprofit group is aimed at helping people get rid of synthetic chemicals and toxic pesticides on their lawns. You don't have to be a die-hard environmentalist, or even have a lawn, for that matter, to enjoy the series of how-to videos on such practical matters as "The Scoop on Worm Poop" and "Winter Mower Maintenance." The site also offers news, tips and resources on natural lawn care.

  • Glamour's Eco Guide - Glamour Magazine's simple guide to saving the planet won't overwhelm you -- it's just ten quick tips (NRDC helped out). You can also take a video tour of Stop Global Warming founder Laurie David's house, and check out a list of glamorous eco-websites.
March 19, 2007 - March 26, 2007
  • Planet Earth - This documentary series highlighting some of the most beautiful and remote places on the planet airs on the Discovery Channel starting March 25. On the website you can get a sneak peek, including never-before-seen footage of a snow leopard and her cub, as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the crew who went to extraordinary lengths to get their footage. There's also a nifty Google Earth feature that allows you to zoom in on location and watch related video clips.

  • 6 Billion Others - In a world of seemingly limitless information, how is it that we still fail to understand each other? Six Billion Others gives you a chance to get to know at least some of your fellow humans through a collection of 4,000 video interviews with people around the world. Each person is filmed in a full-frame close-up, pouring out his or her heart on universal life issues, such as happiness, laughter, fear or dreams. Their intimate testimonials transmit every emotional detail to the viewer, from the heartbreaking loneliness of an elderly Italian widow to the humor of an Afghan woman recalling a childhood dream of being a fireman. Think of it as the ultimate YouTube.

  • Endangered Wildlife Ringtones - Wouldn't it be nice to have your meeting interrupted by the song of a beluga whale? Free ringtone downloads from the Center for Biological Diversity put a new spin on the line "I gotta take this call." You can choose from the authentic hoots, croaks and cackles of more than 40 endangered animals, including the blue-throated macaw, the Yosemite toad and the Mexican wolf.
March 26, 2007 - April 2, 2007
  • The Green Guide - This trusted source of information on green products was recently bought by National Geographic -- they've still got the goods, and now they're presented on a souped-up website. In the new incarnation, it's easy to browse through current and back issues of The Green Guide, download tips and tools, and even make use of interactive features like a tour of a green home.

  • Saving the Sea's Bounty - The latest issue of National Geographic highlights the global fish crisis. Online, you can read articles about the perilous state of the magnificent bluefin tuna, struggling fishermen in Newfoundland, and the hope of marine reserves. The online bonus feature is a stirring slideshow narrated by the feature's photographers. (If you want to eat safe, sustainable seafood, check out these recipes from NRDC's home cooks and our chef friends.)

  • Grand Canyon Skywalk - The controversial Grand Canyon Skywalk has just opened in Arizona. It's a cantilevered glass walkway that extends 70 feet out from the rim of canyon, affording vertigo-immune visitors a look 4,000 feet straight down into the chasm. Owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe, the project is hoped to be a source of revenue for the community. Some tribe members and others, however, feel the man-made engineering marvel is inappropriate to the setting.

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