Cool Green Morning: Monday, September 14

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Published on September 14th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

OK, so it turns out that you can’t get solar power from human hair, as we reported last week. But you can track a gorilla in Uganda online now, OK? Is that good enough for you? Read all this morning’s vetted and triple-fact-checked hot green news, only in Cool Green Morning:

  1. That story about a Nepalese student making a solar panel from human hair? Turns out it’s bogus, reports Bright Green Blog — although much of the green blogosphere was taken in by the fable.
  2. We missed this on Friday: Uganda will now track gorillas online in an effort to attract additional conservation funds, reports Green Inc. (You’ll also be able to friend gorillas by Facebook and Twitter, too. No word on whether they’ll spam you back.)
  3. RIP Dr. Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution that revolutionized high-yield agriculture for the developing worldSustainablog says he likely “saved more human lives than any other person in history.”
  4. The loss of rainfall and vegetation in subtropical parts of the world because of global warming could set the stage for increased desertification, reports a new study in Geophysical Research Letters. (Hat tip: Journal Watch Online.)
  5. India and China are usually said to have low per-capita greenhouse gas emissions compared with Western countries — but Environmental Capital reports that Lord Nichols Stern (of the famous Stern Report on climate change) says parts of China have per-capital emissions levels similar to some richer countries in Europe.
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