Green reads for high summer

Happy July, my friends. For your third-quarter reading pleasure, a few little ditties on green:

From the Times, a sobering look at how the Supreme Court handled environmental cases on its docket over the past year. How I wish we could make some sort of difference to these decisions, as we can at least try to do with legislation in Congress.

…speaking of which, see this Grist list of U.S. Senators’ likely votes on the climate change bill. Grist says both Virginia Senators’ inclinations are “unknown or undecided." That means now’s the time for you to weigh in. Anyone contacted Warner or Webb? Anyone have a sense of how they might vote?

Also, check out this analysis of how the bill got through the House, and from the blog of Island Press, a strong take on what’s good and bad about the legislation. There’s also a link in that post to a pretty fascinating video of mountaintop-removal opponents and supporters facing off in West Virginia. This is no academic debate; it’s real and raw.

They may not exactly be impoverished Appalachians, but recession-battered Brits are less willing to spend a premium on organic and "ethical" products, according to the Guardian. Anyone around here been cutting back on fancy feel-good shopping?

Or found a better way to repurpose pallets than this?

Finally, to end on a happy note: Here’s a really nice account by ABODE kitchen columnist Lisa Reeder, on her own blog, of tagging along with Daniel Perry (of Jam According to Daniel, which you may recognize from the City Market) as he picks and processes this year’s local strawberries. As always, Lisa’s writing brings the sensual and social pleasures of local food home to her readers, complete with the scents of lemon and berries.

As always, greenies, post your links if you like!

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