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Meet our mascot BG and his friend Eco as they learn about "vampire energy," the standby power used by many household appliances even after they've been turned "off." BGTV's eco-host Schwanhilda von Schlockmacher reports on how to stop such sinister devices.

Come check us out! Here are a few video segments we've put together to give our BigGreenTV members a glimpse of stories, features, and news spots about what's going on with the environment:

Flowers perfume the air, and they play a vital role in the environment as a first link in the chain of life. But because of air pollution, flowers are starting to lose their sweet smell. And because of that, bees may be having a tougher time pollinating them. Flowers have enabled humans to thrive; now it's our turn to protect flowers from the world they have helped us make.

What's for lunch? Flies! Delicious, if you're the EcoBot II. Ecological robots are energetically independent: they feed themselves by gathering their energy from environmental waste such as dead flies, sludge, and compost. Their only by-product is the carbon dioxide that would be released anyway by the waste products' decomposition. EcoBot can even find and obtain its own food. (But, sorry, getting EcoBot to clean your room is still years away!)

Of the three types of squirrels in the Sciuridae family of rodents, city dwellers are most familiar with  the tree squirrel. From woodlands to city parks, you can see them scampering from branch to branch, a perfect example of a species that has learned and adapted to thrive in an urban environment. Grab yourself a pair of binoculars and have your own squirrel-spotting animal adventure.

Scott sent us a video about his family's farm, where they raise alpacas. Learn about what these domesticated herd animals are like, why the fiber that they provide is environmentally sustainable, and how an alpaca's raw fleece becomes yarn, from a kid who works with them every day.


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