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7 Items to Check for Palm Oil- and Why You Should

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Palm oil, derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree, is a product of the South Asian tropics that has become ubiquitous in the products we use everyday.

Unfortunately, the deforestation associated with palm oil production seriously endangers the survival of the world’s wild orangutan population. The Orangutan Land Trust’s scientific advisory board estimates that some 3,000 orangutans are lost each year to habitat conversion and hunting.

Palm oil hides in many products under many names, so keep reading to learn what to look out for and where when you’re out shopping for ice cream, cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products…all of which usually contain palm oil or palm oil derivatives.

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Stuyvesant Cove Park Summer Series Is Back

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This year’s Summer Concert Series is back and in full swing! Here’s what you can expect in the month of July. These events are free and suitable for all ages, so come down to the Cove and enjoy!

The John Colianni Quintet, pictured,opened the season on June 20th but will be returning to the Cove on July 9th at 3pm.

The Summer Concert series is presented by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association, and hosted by Solar One.

You can check out the full schedule by clicking the “Read More” link.

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The Soapbox: A plant is not just a plant

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Stuyvesant Cove Park Angels

This week, Liza Mindemann, Park Manager of Stuyvesant Cove Park, wrote this op-ed for the local Town and Village newspaper, all about the importance of native plants like the ones we grow in the Park. Reblogged from the T&V blog:

As many of you already know, Stuyvesant Cove Park is a native species plant park. When we have school groups one of the first questions I ask is, “can anyone tell me what a native plant is?” It’s a harder question to answer than one might think, but the simple answer is that native plants are those species that naturally occur in a region and have evolved and adapted over many thousands of years to the specific conditions of that geographic area.

Many of us don’t think of gardens as having any purpose outside of providing beauty, or perhaps growing food to eat. But today, our gardens are actually one of the last chances we have to preserve the diverse species of plants, insects and wildlife that once prolifically populated our region.

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Come to NYC Wildflower Day at Solar One on Saturday May 14!

Native Plants Are Where It’s At!

Saturday May 14, 11-2pm at Stuyvesant Cove Park

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For many years Stuyvesant Cove Park has participated in Wildflower Week, a citywide event celebrating the natural areas and native plants of New York City. Last year we had many kid-friendly activities. We made seed bombs, a mixture of clay and wildflower seeds meant to be thrown into vacant lots or areas around the city in need of some greening up. We also made flower costumes, had face painting, and made botanical drawings.

This year we will be doing things a little differently!

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Not Your Dad’s Solar: Solar Balloons Could Produce Electricity 24 Hours A Day

solarcloudsEveryone knows that renewable energy is winning the race to produce the electricity of the future, some people still have doubts about their ability to handle all our current energy needs, particularly because of the intermittent nature of wind and sun.

Now a team of researchers at NextPV may have figured out a way to get around that little problem.

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