by Michael dEstries
Categories: Internet.

eco april fools

Now that April 1st is off and running around the web, we thought we might share some of the more amusing pranks we’ve seen from the green world. As the day wears on, we’ll update appropriately with any new ones we discover.

Glenn Beck Joins PETA (Treehugger)

Perhaps even more surprising than the announcement itself, Beck has agreed to appear in one of PETA’s infamous publicity campaigns. Early rumors indicate he will appear in Times Square along with other activists covered in feline body paint, holding a sign whose message has yet to be revealed, wearing only a loincloth made of lettuce leaves.

WarmingWorks Sells Land That Will Become Beachfront Property by 2050 (Inhabitat)

Jealous of your neighbor’s beachfront vacation home but don’t want to shell out the big bucks to buy one of your own? Don’t worry — a company called WarmingWorks wants to help. This innovative startup is scouting locations around the world that will be affected by creeping climate change over the next few years. But WarmingWorks doesn’t want to help solve the climate crisis — it is buying up properties at dirt-cheap prices that will one day become coastal as global warming causes sea levels to rise.

NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass into Space to Collect Solar Energy (Inhabitat)

Early this morning NASA kicked off Operation LENS, an ambitious plan to concentrate and collect solar power using a giant magnifying glass in outer space. Long speculated to be a rumor, the 7,000,000 ft. wide lens was fabricated over the course of the past 3 years and launched from Cape Canaveral, piggybacking on this thing that they were going to launch anyway (they figured they might as well kill 2 birds with one stone).

McDonald’s scraps composting program because food won’t decompose (Grist)

McDonald’s announced this morning that it would discontinue plans for a worldwide composting initiative after scientists confirmed that no item on the McDonald’s menu is compostable. The plan to keep food waste — more than 1.5 billion tons a month — out of landfills would have been the largest composting program in the world, with bright green composting bins at all the 31,000-plus restaurants around the world.

Help Us Choose Our New Green TreeHugger Headquarters (Treehugger)

It is hard keeping ahead of the blogging world when you work Eastern Standard Time; That is one of the reasons we are looking at a new, floating headquarters. A few extra hours in the morning would be useful, and going east a few time zones would help. Also, no worries for us about the costs of cap and trade and tax increases. And of course, once Ray LaHood gives half of the Interstate Highway System to cyclists and pedestrians it will be impossible to get around. The only thing to do is to go offshore, but we just can’t decide what to do it on.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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