Aussies Make Mosquitoes Die Younger, Naturally. Huh?

January 4, 2009 / No Comments

Since old mosquitoes spread diseases, Aussie researchers have been pondering what to do. The conclusion...have the buggers die sooner, without killing them or poisoning them, of course. That won't work as the PETA mosquito bunch will be all over us, um, them. Scientists have been trying genetically engineer mosquitoes to become resistant to malaria and dengue fever and such as an ...

Happy New Year 2009

January 1, 2009 / 1 Comment

Because of time zones, the New Year's Eve may have passed or it's not there yet. We'd like to wish you to have the best year ever, to stay healthy and be better stewards to Mother Earth. Meanwhile, what's your New Year's Resolution? Is there any green "inside"? Happy New Year 2009! Alex & Bill Image by M Kuhn

Diet is New Year’s Resolution for Britain’s Most Overweight Cat – Tinks

December 31, 2008 / 1 Comment

Tinks is going on a diet, like it or not. Seems they had to fatten the fellow up just so as they could have him joining Britain's Pet Fit Club, put him on a diet and get him crowned champion if he loses weight on a 100-day diet and fitness regime. There is something seriously wrong with this picture. How about ...

Japanese Town, Kuzumaki, Kicks Dependence on Fossil Fuels

December 30, 2008 / No Comments

The small Japanese town of Kuzumaki (coo-zoo-mah-key), not to be confused with uzumaki (whirlpool) has just 8,000 residents that are showing the rest of the world how things might be done ... that is, kicking the fossil fuel habit. How green are they? Electricity is generated from cow dung. Dozens of wind turbines decorate nearby Mt. Kamisodegawa (kah-mee-so-de 'like in dead'-gah-wah) 25% of schools ...

Long March Series – China Second, Third Guesses Mother Nature

December 29, 2008 / 1 Comment

China is second guessing, third guessing Mother Nature. The Middle Kingdom launched its third geostationary meteorological satellite - the Fengyun-2-06 as part of its Long March Series. The satellite weighs in at 1,390kg and was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology in cahoots with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The 2-06 is the third in the series and ...

Gumprechts Green Pit Viper among 1,000 New Species Discovered in Mekong Region along with Previously Thought Extinct Species

December 26, 2008 / No Comments

Here today, gone tomorrow and back again today. That's the story with the Gumprechts green pitviper and a Theloderma licin. Scientists have found more than 1,000 new species in Southeast Asia's Mekong region over the past 10 years. A spider as big as a dinner plate, a rat thought to have gone extinct 11 million years ago and a cyanide-laced, shocking ...

To You, Our Readers: “Feliz Navidad, Prospero Ano y Felicidad”

December 25, 2008 / 1 Comment

Just 9 months old GreenPacks, is celebrating Christmas (X-Mas, or whatever you call it) for the first time. We're pretty darn excited and would like to wish you to stay healthy, happy and as green as possible. "Feliz Navidad, Prospero Ano y Felicidad" You most likely know what that means even though you don't speak Spanish, but we'll make sure you're getting ...

Merry Christmas from Bill Belew at Greenpacks

December 25, 2008 / 1 Comment

Merry Christmas...Merry Christmas...Merry Christmas None of that Happy Holidays stuff from me, though I have no evil intentions of being insensitive to others' feelings. Christmas is about Christ. Call me a Bible thumper if you like. I'll take it as a compliment. I believe the Earth we live on is a gift from the Creator and it is for *that* reason we ought ...

International Earth Rotation Service Calls for a Leap Second

December 24, 2008 / 2 Comments

The International Earth Rotation Service is calling for a leap second - the 24th of its kind since the first in 1971. I wonder what they did before that? At midnight GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on December 31st, the world will stop while a second is added to clocks everywhere. The Earth rotates at different speeds in different years. The moon's ...

Donna Karan Goes Fur Free, But For How Long?

December 23, 2008 / No Comments

First of all, do you know who "The Bunny Butcher" is? Well, if you thought of Donna Karan, you're right, because that's how PETA used to call her. I'm using past tense, because the famous fashion designer announced that the fall 2009 collection will be fur-free and that future lines will also be fur-free. Even though we're not fans of what PETA ...