Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, July 29

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Published on July 29th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

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Wasn’t it Michael Caine in the Austin Powers’ movie “Goldmember” who said there are two kinds of people he couldn’t stand — “those who are intolerant of other cultures, and the Dutch”? We don’t take stands on whole peoples here at Cool Green Science — but the Dutch are doing some pretty funky things with Smart Cars these days (not to mention building floating apartment buildings). Read below for that and today’s hot green links:

  1. The United States and China have finally agreed to cooperate on energy and climate initiatives — but the devil will be in the details, says Andy Revkin at DotEarth.
  2. The Washington Post‘s Juliet Eilperin tells The Nation magazine that U.S. climate legislation will probably happen by 2010 — but that international climate negotiations might be a stumbling block. (Hat tip: Grist.)
  3. Don’t fight sea-level rise, adapt — that’s the theory behind Europe’s first  floating apartment complex, reports Inhabitat. (It’s in the Netherlands, naturally.)
  4. Speaking of the Netherlands…people there are now tossing eco-friendly Smart Cars into the canals — for sport, says Treehugger.
  5. The “dead zone” for aquatic life at the mouth of the Mississippi River in the Gulf of Mexico might have shrunk this year, reports Wired Science — but scientists are still worried “more pollution could cause the Gulf’s ecosystem to collapse.”

(Image: Smart car parked near Amsterdam canal. Credit: EphusBailey through a Creative Commons license.)

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