Biodiesel, coal mining, Waxman-Markey, air pollution, whale-watching… there’s sure to be a topic that interests you in this morning’s round-up of Cool Green News. So have no fear, just dive on in!
- The country’s largest biodiesel plant — established just a year ago — is going under already. Lack of demand, trade barriers and government stalling on new energy mandates have all contributed to the plant being idle for the past four months.
- A study from West Virginia University says the coal mining industry has a pretty bad ROI: coal mining generates $8 billion in economic value to the region, but costs $42 billion in loss of human life. (Hat-tip: Hill Heat.)
- The Agriculture Committee has given its blessing to Waxman-Markey, so it looks like the bill will now move forward for a vote in the House on Friday. Stay tuned to Cool Green Science for more updates as the vote progresses.
- China made Olympic efforts to reduce air pollution during last year’s summer games, but a new study shows they didn’t achieve much success: air quality still violated WHO guidelines 81 to 100 percent of the time.
- Whale watching is big business, generating some $2 billion a year in tourism dollars. So why, asks Dot Earth, is ending commercial whaling for meat and oil the primary topic of discussion at this year’s Whaling Commission annual meeting?