Cool Green Morning: Friday, June 19

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Published on June 19th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Darn! We came so close to a positive five-for-five green links in today’s Coolness — but we saved the downer for last. So considerate of us! Have a great weekend, everybody!

  1. The world’s first real-time carbon counter is now live in Manhattan (see video above) — claiming to tally the metric tons of greenhouse gases the world has emitted today, reports Red Green & Blue. (By the way, the counter itself is carbon-neutral, say sponsors Deutsche Bank and MIT.)
  2. It’s really windy at 30,000 feet above the Earth — but could high-altitude kite turbines meet the world’s energy needs? EcoGeek reports on new research from the Carnegie Institution and California State University.
  3. Get ready to trade in your gas guzzler for some federal cash — the U.S. Senate just passed the “cash for clunkers” bill, and President Obama is ready to sign it, reports Grist’s Kate Sheppard.
  4. A new London shop called Worthless! takes your castoff items and turns them into works of art (which you then can buy back). Treehugger shows you more.
  5. Nearly 8 million acres of trees in the U.S. Rocky Mountains have been killed by a bark beetle outbreak this spring — and the U.S. Forest Service thinks the wildfires that might follow could endanger water supplies for 33 million people. (Hat tip: Yale Environment 360.)
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