With our counterpart on week two of a European vacation, it’s no wonder that Cool Green Morning has Europe on the mind… or maybe it’s because those Europeans are so progressive when it comes to cap-and-trade and universal cell phone chargers? Read on for all the top news, from here and abroad.
- Universal cell phone chargers are finally here! Well, by here, we mean Europe. And it’s not just a matter of convenience — universal chargers will help cut down on several thousand tons of waste a year.
- Climate change policy is now moving through the U.S. government, but the question still remains: will a cap-and-trade system actually work to reduce carbon emissions? To help answer it, The Vine examines the only real-world example there is, the EU’s Emissions Trading system.
- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is pushing the solar movement along. On Monday, he announced that 670,000 acres of publicly-owned lands in the Southwest will be examined for their potential to support large spreads of solar panels.
- Using algae to turn carbon dioxide into fuel might just become a reality… plans to build a demonstration plant are expected to be announced soon.
- A new study says breaking down levees along the Mississippi River might not be enough to stem the loss of marshlands and further erosion of Louisiana’s coastline.
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