Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, July 22

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Published on July 22nd, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Steven Chu has a Facebook page. A new cousin of the Komodo dragon has been discovered. And you can now generate electricity just from walking around in a Tokyo subway. It’s a weird world, and we cover it all — ladies and gentleman, your hottest green links of the Cool Green Morning:

  1. A new and small species of monitor lizard closely related to the Komodo dragon has been discovered in Indonesia, reports Mongabay. (Nobody’s been bitten by one yet, so no word on whether it has venom like its bigger cousin.)
  2. Grist’s Joseph Romm reports that opponents of the Waxman-Markey climate bill (AKA the American Clean Energy and Security Act, AKA another complicated name we can’t quite remember right now) are flooding House and Senate office phone lines…and that supporters of climate legislation are lagging in this effort.
  3. Meanwhile, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu now has a Facebook page devoted to why we need climate legislation, reports Environmental Capital. (He has not been tagged in an album or told us 25 things no one knows about him, however.)
  4. Light-reflecting aerosols in the sky? Seeding the ocean with iron to promote CO2-absorbing algae? It’s called geoengineering to stop climate change, and the American Meterological Society (AKA weathermen and women) is set to endorse research into such schemes, reports New Scientist. (Hat tip: Yale Environment 360.)
  5. Last but not least, Tokyo is piloting a compression-pad-flooring system that would produce electricity for its subway stations from foot traffic, says BusinessGreen. (Hat tip: The Vine.)
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