Margaret Badore: Words and Pictures

Stories, videos and photos by journalist Margaret Badore.

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Apr 14

Millions of birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway each year, traveling along an aerial highway that stretches from Mexico up to the Arctic. Although birds cover impressive distances along the way, they still need places to rest. California was once home to an estimated 4 million acres of wetlands in the pre-settlement 1800s. But today, 90 to 95 percent of that habitat has disappeared.

In seasons of drought, like the one we’ve experienced in the past year, the lack of wetlands can be devastating to bird populations. However a new program in California’s Central Valley is temporarily using farmland to create “pop-up” wetlands, which serve as rest stops for traveling birds.

 

Pop-up wetlands help California farmers and migratory birds


Feb 13
Anne Pringle models one of LB Design’s upcycled jackets. 
From: How one manufacturer makes old clothes new again

Anne Pringle models one of LB Design’s upcycled jackets. 

From: How one manufacturer makes old clothes new again


Dec 6
“Rococo is probably the best thing that happened to France besides the invention of macaroons and Coco Chanel.” Linda Balti, founder of the eco-fashion company Amour Vert. 

One of my posts covering GreenBuild 2013 in Philadelphia.
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Pedia-Pod aims to “make kids feel like they’re not in the hospital.”

One of my posts covering GreenBuild 2013 in Philadelphia.

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Pedia-Pod aims to “make kids feel like they’re not in the hospital.”


Oct 24

Markus Freitag’s passion for recycled materials and biking was evident before he and his brother started Freitag. When he was still in art school in Zurich, he would build bikes from discarded scrap parts.

In 1993, when Markus couldn’t find a suitable messenger bag to carry as he biked, he again looked to re-use discarded material. “Recycling was attractive,” he said, and found inspiration on the highway that ran near his apartment building in Zurich. Markus and his brother, Daniel, began making bags from truck tarpaulins, bike inner tubes and seat belts. Because these materials are designed for road use, they’re exceptionally durable and waterproof.

Read the full story on TreeHugger.com


Oct 3
No, I didn’t draw this beautiful tattoo commemorating an extinct earwig, but I did interview the artist. 

No, I didn’t draw this beautiful tattoo commemorating an extinct earwig, but I did interview the artist


Oct 2

Pepsi and Coke targeted by activists for using tar sands oil

ForestEthics and the Sierra Club want the two major beverage companies to clean up their oil supply.

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A group of activists hit the streets of New York City, dressed up a dirty soda cans. They want to get CocaCola and Pepsi to stop fueling their private fleets with tar sands oil, one of the dirtiest sources of energy on earth. The campaign is being sponsored by ForestEthics and the Sierra Club.

Unlike individuals, who can’t know where the gas we put in our vehicles comes from, large companies have a lot more say through contractual agreements with the oil industry. “Cooperations can write into their contracts to stop buying from refineries that process tar sands oil,” said Rachel Rye Butler, a Sierra Club organizer.

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Sep 3

When Keri Rimel’s husband first came down with respiratory symptoms, he wasn’t sure what caused them. He had a sore throat, congested sinuses, and runny eyes.

The day before, he has visited the construction site of their new home, where a contractor was installing spray polyurethane foam insulation. He and the architect were in the same room as the installer. “He didn’t think anything of it,” said his wife, Keri Rimel.

Losing their health and homes to spray polyurethane foam for TreeHugger.com

Aug 29

I tried some cricket cookies and interviewed an man who builds cricket farms. Read the full story here


Aug 1
“The micro plastics in body products are particularly problematic because they can’t be removed from water by waste treatment facilities. “As for getting microbeads out of lakes, there are no prospects,” said Anna Cummins, who is also a co-founder of 5 Gyres. “Just as there are no viable solutions yet for cleaning microplastics out of the oceans. This just underscores the importance of prevention and source reduction.”” Story: 3 companies commit to removing plastic beads from their body products

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