Environmental News Bits on Holiday Break December 19, 2016-January 2, 2017

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Environmental News Bits is taking a break from December 19, 2016-January 2, 2017. I wish you all peace and joy during the holiday season and will see you in 2017.

What Thanksgiving Costs the Climate Where You Live

Read the full story from CityLab.

Say you’re preparing to dig into a Thanksgiving feast of turkey, stuffing, green beans, and pie—how much greenhouse gas was released to make this sumptuous spread?

The answer depends on where you live, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University who’ve investigated the carbon footprint of a roasted 16-pound turkey, green-bean casserole, apple-and-sausage stuffing, and pumpkin pie. In states that rely on fossil fuels for energy, they say this dinner can produce more than 75 pounds of carbon dioxide; states leaning on renewables can see a footprint below 10 pounds.

Environmental News Bits Holiday Break

5212232666_e74166875d_qEnvironmental News Bits will be taking a break for the holidays. New posts will appear beginning January 5.

To tide you over,  see this fact sheet from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for some tips on a having a less wasteful holiday, .

Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and a joyous New Year!

How to Recycle Halloween Pumpkins for Wildlife

Read the full story from the National Wildlife Federation.

One of my favorite parts of Halloween, is carving pumpkins. My evening walks through the neighborhood are even better with the bright orange pumpkins, highlighting the colors of autumn, and showing off creative designs.

After the trick-or-treaters clear away, and Halloween is officially over, don’t trash your pumpkins! There are several ways to recycle them with wildlife and your garden in mind. How do you reuse pumpkins in your yard?

How to turn a boring old book into a stash box

Read the full post on Grist.

Instead of buying cheap, mass-produced gewgaws to give out this season, show your loved ones you care with a little DIY. During Grist’s 12 days of DIY gifts, we’ll share some crafty projects, with instructions that even we can follow. There’s sure to be a whatsit or wowsit for everyone.

Everyone has secrets. Some of us keep them in boring old shoeboxes. And some of us — the best of us, really — make old books into the hidden compartments a Victorian spy would be proud of. Just do us a favor and pick a really boring book — no one will ever open it!