Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, August 19

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Seaweed gas that kills horses. Oil company employees rallying against climate change legislation. Wind turbines and their annoying hum. It’s not all bad news in Cool Green Morning this morning — it just looks like it (but at least we’ll always have Scotland):

  1. Want another reason to go green with your energy? The renewable energy industry has far fewer workplace deaths than traditional extractive energy jobs like mining or drilling, says a new JAMA study. (Hat tip: 60-Second Science.)
  2. Wee Willie of “The Simpsons” would be proud: The depleted oil and gas fields in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland might be the new “grave” for carbon dioxide storage, says The Great Beyond.
  3. About 3,000 oil company employees rallied yesterday in Houston against the climate change bill, reports Environmental Capital — part of a 19-state campaign funded by the American Petroleum Institute. (Critics have labeled the rallies an “Astroturf” — as opposed to real grassroots — campaign.)
  4. Why not put wind turbines on every rooftop? It’s not that simple, reports Building Green. (For one thing, they emit really annoying vibrations and a hum. Hat tip: The Vine.)
  5. Noxious gas from seaweed on the beaches in northern France has killed a horse and ruined vacations there, reports EcoWorldly — and agricultural runoff is being blamed for the seaweed explosion.

(Image: Seaweed off the coast of Brittany. Credit: innacoz through a Creative Commons license.)

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