From hair-powered solar panels and trees that produce electricity to species extinctions (Christmas Island bats) and species on the rebound (Mexican gray wolf), it’s a wacky wild world out there. Read on for today’s top Cool Green News links.
- Plug an electrode into a maple tree, and another into the ground, and what do you get? Electricity! University of Washington scientists have found that trees can produce a few hundred millivolts.
- A small pack of Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico is getting a break from the USFWS’ standard “you kill three cows, we kill you” rule, due to the pack’s high genetic value, reports E Magazine.
- With this week’s resignation of White House green jobs guru Van Jones, The Washington Post takes a look at Obama’s overall environmental record to date. (Hat-tip: The Vine.)
- Ladies, start collecting all that loose hair from your brushes and shower drains! A Nepalese teen has discovered how to use human hair instead of silicon to power solar panels, potentially making this renewable energy source much more affordable. (Hat-tip: Green, Inc.)
- Is the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat headed for extinction? Scientists were attempting to save the tiny bat species through a captive breeding program, but failed to capture a single bat. Back in February, a scientist estimated the population at 20 bats and gave the species just six months until extinction.
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