The Tata Nano is here!
What the heck is the Tata Nano?!
The cheapest new car in history — costing less than $2,000 — the Nano gets 56 mpg, is about as small as an mP3 player…and is set to sweep India and then the rest of the developing world. But is that a good thing for the environment? Read on for that and the day’s other hot green links in this edition of Cool Green Morning:
- Fear of a Middle-Class Planet: Hank Green at EcoGeek reviews the pros and cons of the Tata Nano — and says it’s arrival highlights the strains the world’s growing middle-class will have on the environment. The BBC’s Richard Black says 2 billion people with Nanos should scare the hell out of us.
- Will He or Won’t He? It was hard to tell whether President Obama was saying at last night press conference that he would or wouldn’t sign a budget bill without a cap-and-trade provision. See video for yourself and tell us what you think.
- Pretty Sheep..ish: LEDs strapped to the backs of hundreds of sheep? It could only be performance art…and so it is, via Inhabitat.
- Song of Doom: The last victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill? A local pod of killer whales that hasn’t been able to breed since — and that has a unique call structure, akin to a different language, say researchers.
- Funny Like a Clown Fish Funny? Orange clown fish have been found to hopscotch among protected patches of ocean — and that’s good news for the success of marine protected areas, says a new PNAS study. (Hat tip: Journal Watch Online.)
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