A zoo brings condors back from the brink, greenhouse gases are wreaking havoc on Alaska’s seas, and solar power…FROM SPACE? There’s a little something for everyone in today’s Cool Green Morning:
- Europe bids adieu to incandescent light bulbs, says The Vine. Wish we’d adopt a similar ban stateside? You’re in luck: In 2012, incandescent bulbs will start disappearing from American store shelves, replaced by more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
- New research shows that Alaska’s oceans are absorbing greenhouse gases and turning acidic faster than tropical waters, which could endanger the state’s $4.6 billion fishing industry, reports Bright Green Blog (via Associated Press). Add it to the growing list of climate change-related blows to the 49th state, underneath “melting Arctic ice,” “coastal erosion,” “shrinking glaciers”…should I go on?
- The condor population in the Colombian Andes has doubled in recent years, thanks in part to the San Diego Zoo’s reintroduction program. Bonus: birds + birdwatchers=increased dollars for rural Colombian communities. (Hat tip: Red, Green and Blue.)
- A Japanese company is planning to construct a multi-billion dollar solar power plant…in space. It actually makes perfect sense, explains EcoGeek, since in space, it’s never cloudy and the sun is never not shining, which means that a solar satellite could collect energy 24 hours a day.
- Calling all Midwestern green techies! A community college in Nebraska is teaming up with IBM to offer students a two-year associate’s degree in designing and managing green data centers, reports GreenBiz.
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