Holidays

Five Easy Ways To Have A Shareable Halloween

Read the full story at Shareable.

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means ghosts and goblins everywhere will soon be showing their spooky faces.

But there’s something more terrifying than bloody corpses and flesh-hungry zombies–all the money and resources that are wasted on creating a single night of scary parties and haunted houses.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick list of easy ways to make your Halloween more Shareable. And who knows? You might just form a few new friendships along the way!

Happy July 4th!

No posts today. Environmental News Bits will return on Monday. Wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July.

Hat tip to my buddy Scott Butner for the photograph below. Check out more of his work on Flickr. Note that his photos are licensed under Creative Commons.

Fireworks over the Columbia River, 2007. Photograph by Scott Butner (licensed under Creative Commons).

Fireworks over the Columbia River, 2007. Photograph by Scott Butner (licensed under Creative Commons).

Green Halloween: costume swaps

Read the full story in Treehugger.

Halloween is two weeks away, so here’s a seasonal twist on the clothing swap. A Halloween costume swap is a not only a great way to save money, it’s also a great way to recycle. Costumes often only get used once or twice before kids grow out of them, and there’s often a lot of opportunity for Halloween accessories to be re-mixed. It’s another way to participate in the sharing economy, cutting down on consumption and be social.

Bombs Bursting in Air: Environmental Regulation of Fireworks

Read the full post at Legal Planet. Tip of the Cubs cap to Waterlibrarian, who shared it in the comments of another post.

It seems only fitting as we approach the Fourth of July holiday to turn our attention to the environmental impacts and regulation of fireworks.  As it turns out, our age-old patriotic tradition of exploding packages of toxic chemicals in the air is not without its environmental drawbacks.  Although much is still unknown about the environmental consequences of fireworks displays, it is clear that fireworks can adversely impact water quality, air quality, biological resources, and possibly even human health through debris, noise, and toxic contaminant pollution.  Fortunately, there are many ways regulators and citizens can mitigate the adverse impacts of fireworks.

The Elements of a Good Firework Show

Read the full story from USGS Science Features.

On the Fourth of July, people all across the country will gather for cookouts and firework shows commemorating the Nation’s birthday. Here in Washington, DC, more than half a million people are expected to gather for the annual pyrotechnic extravaganza on the National Mall. Fireworks shows feature spectacular colors, shapes and special effects that would not be possible without minerals! The same minerals that hold up buildings, power smart phones, and provide essential nutrients are the same ones that light up the sky on the Fourth of July.

Wishing all of you a happy and safe July 4!