Cool Green Morning: Friday, August 14

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Published on August 14th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

At least the Chevy Volt drives really well — that’s the best thing I can say about today’s top 5 green links. It’s been a long week — enjoy the weekend!

  1. Green Tech’s Martin LaMonica test-drives the Chevy Volt — you know, the 230 mpg plug-in electric Chevy Volt — and finds it handles and accelerates really well! (Did you ever think you’d hear that about an electric car?)
  2. From the One Man’s Opinion Department: Michael Levy of the Council on Foreign Relations writes in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs that the odds December’s international negotiations in Copenhagen will produce a comprehensive treaty are “vanishingly small” — this reported by Grist’s Jonathan Hiskes.
  3. Meanwhile, developing countries are struggling to maintain a united front against mandatory greenhouse gas emissions targets, reports Red Green and Blue’s Mridul Chadha — with India standing firm while China and Brazil are now showing flexibility.
  4. What’s the present and future of green apps for your smartphone? Treehugger interviews a green app developer who says Apple is burying iPhone green apps in its iTunes store, but that he has high hopes for Google’s Android platform.
  5. ExxonMobil has pled guilty to five violations of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act — after 85 protected birds died while landing in oily open pits at its natural gas facilities in the United States. 60-Second Science says many such waste ponds have appeared in the last decade on public U.S. lands.
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