Cool Green Morning: Monday, July 20

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Published on July 20th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Great — just how I like to start my Monday morning: With a miles-long blob of black goo. See video of this strange phenomenon above, and look below for more info (and some other and decidedly greener links) in this edition of Coolness:

  1. A 12-15 mile long mass of heretofore unknown black algae has been spotted off the northern coast of Alaska, reports the Anchorage Daily News. “We have many scientific questions, but very few answers at this point,” one scientist told Bright Green Blog.
  2. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tour of a green building in India turned into a heated debate about whether India should be forced to meet greenhouse gas emissions hard targets, reports The New York Times. Environmental Capital rounds up opinions that India’s position doesn’t make a lot of sense.
  3. First Wal-Mart is demanding sustainability from its suppliers, now it and other big box retailers like Publix are switching to smart lighting systems and daylight harvesting to cut energy costs in their stores, says Green Inc.
  4. Here’s another solution to keep bats from flying into wind turbines — outfit them with radar beams, says a new study reported on in Journal Watch Online. (Don’t ask why bats avoid radar — nobody knows.)
  5. Florida has opened its first hunt of Burmese pythons, which are an invasive there, reports the Miami Herald. Count thus far: one python. “If there’s one out there,” says one of the hunters, “it’s too many for the environment.” (Hat tip: The Great Beyond.)
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