The first full week of the Obama administration begins with some potential changes to auto-emissions standards. Read on for all the interesting green stuff online this morning:
- Car Talk: President Obama takes a big step toward tougher auto fuel-economy standards — by reconsidering a waiver requested by 14 states that would allow them to set stricter standards on automobile emissions than those set by the feds, reports Green Inc. (Hill Heat reports there will be other green directives as well from the White House today.)
- Even Tougher? The head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change asks Obama to go further than his proposed cuts in U.S. carbon emissions.
- He Said/She Said: How is the press blowing it on climate change? Find out in a new report from Eric Pooley from Time, who spent a semester at Harvard researching the findings. (Hat tip: Environmental Economics.)
- Go Home: Utah’s test of four-day workweeks for state employees to save energy isn’t working…in part because employees keep coming in on Fridays, too. (Hat tip: Environmental Leader.)
- I Grew Me Own Bubble and Squeak: A new grow-your-own-produce movement is sweeping Britain.
- Another Cause of Marital Tension: Your fuel-efficiency score will appear on the dashboard of the 2010 Ford Fusion, reports Ariel Schwartz at GreenBiz. (You can also compete with a second driver in the same car using the number.)
- Dark in Here: The European Union decision to phase out incandescent light bulbs by 2016 is drawing fire from the U.K.’s Royal National College for the Blind, which says new compact fluorescent bulbs aren’t bright enough. (Hat tip: Red, Green and Blue.)
- I’d Never Have Guessed: Hummers are more likely to get tickets than any other vehicle, reports Bright Green Blog.
- It Takes a Village: One Inuit Arctic village is adapting to climate change — but with big costs, says the a new study. (Hat tip: Climate Feedback.)
- Hard to Get Over: Elephant poaching was banned 20 years ago in Africa — but female elephants still alive from that period have weaker bonds to their decimated clans than younger females, reports Journal Watch Online.
- Blowback: Has the loss of biodiversity spurred a rise in devastating parasitic diseases among humans?
- A Ways to Go: Toyota might have the Prius and be #1 in car sales, but Toyota’s fleet is only the 10th most efficient of all car brands, EcoGeek reminds us.
- Death of the McMansion? Homebuyers are finally looking for smaller, cozier, more efficient houses, says the National Association of Home Builders. (Hat tip: Jetson Green.)
- Drink Your Drink: Treehugger’s Ask Pablo asks: Is bottled water really so bad for the environment? (He answers, too.)
- How Considerate: Shanghai has installed 10 solar-powered talking garbage cans. What do they say? Where the nearest public restrooms are.
(Image: The intersection of Bush and Presidio in San Francisco, with the “End Bush” sign having been renamed “Begin Obama” by pranksters. Credit: Dawn Endico under a Creative Commons license.)
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