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!
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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