Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, December 2

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Published on December 2nd, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Happy Cool Green Wednesday, everyone!  Read on for the day’s top stories, like a cap-and-trade vid that’s making the wrong argument, good news for hybrid and electric vehicle drivers in Canada and Copenhagen’s teamwork-powered Christmas tree (see above).  Enjoy!

  1. David Roberts over at Grist explains why the new anti-cap-and-trade video from the maker of “The Story of Stuff” misses the mark.  (And find out why the Conservancy supports comprehensive climate legislation, including cap-and-trade, here.)
  2. A study by researchers at the University of California- Davis finds that, thanks to climate change, California dams could generate far less electricity over the next 40 years, says Green Inc.  Rising temperatures could decrease the output of some hydroelectric high-elevation dams by about 20 percent by 2050.
  3. The Canadian province of Ontario is extending a number of perks, including special parking spaces and carpool lane privileges, to hybrid and electric vehicles bearing new “green” license plates, reports EcoGeek.
  4. What does the future hold for bottled water? Triple Pundit thinks the industry might be unsustainable in more ways than one.
  5. It’s finally December, which means I can finally talk about all the awesome green holiday stories out there.  Like, for instance, did you know that Copenhagen’s Christmas tree is completely pedal-powered?  The tree is only illuminated when admirers spin away on power-generating stationary bicycles, says Treehugger.

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