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Eight Myths and Challenges of Renewable Energy

Written by | March 21st, 2011

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Nature Conservancy lead scientist Joe Kiesecker takes a hard look at what it really means to produce green energy.

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, November 16

Written by | November 16th, 2010

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This is possibly the first Cool Green Morning to ever feature a Simpsons reference:

  1. Researchers discovered several new species of frogs, including one that scientists and Simpsons producers think looks like Mr. Burns. (You be the judge.) (Mongabay)
  2. Can natural gas be a part of a “green economy”? (Huffington Post)
  3. Here are four ways to harvest solar energy from roads. (EcoGeek)
  4. Bet you didn’t know that Waste Management’s protected 26,000 acres of wildlife habitat since 2007. (GreenBiz)
  5. Are insecticides responsible for declines in bird population? One researcher thinks so. (YaleE360)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, October 25

Written by | October 25th, 2010

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Kick off your week with these great green news stories:

  1. Whales and dolphins are protected from hunting in Palau’s new Mongolia-sized marine sanctuary. (Mongabay)
  2. Fist pump! The largest solar farm in the northeastern U.S. is under construction in southern New Jersey. (CleanTechnica)
  3. Here are some tips for recycling your e-waste. (Green)
  4. What will space tourism mean for climate change? (Scientific American)
  5. Bees are smarter than computers. (Guardian Eco)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, October 6

Written by | October 6th, 2010

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From solar panels in the White House to poop gas (teehee!) in your kitchen, today’s round-up presents a high-brow/low-brow mix of great green news:

  1. Researchers discovered 200 new species in Papua New Guinea…and you HAVE to see the pictures. (Mongabay)
  2. In case you missed yesterday’s announcement: Obama gives a thumbs-up to White House solar panels. (CleanTechnica)
  3. Obama must be all about solar these days, because his administration just approved the first big solar projects to be built on federal lands. (Grist)
  4. Here’s everything you’ll ever need to know about energy-efficient light bulbs. (The Daily Green)
  5. The grossest headline of the day: “Cooking on poop gas takes off.” (Treehugger)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, September 13

Written by | September 13th, 2010

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It’s the start of another Cool Green Week:

  1. The White House says “no thanks” to solar, at least for now. (Dot Earth)
  2. The Prius gets more pedestrian-friendly. (EcoGeek)
  3. Wait a minute– is there crude oil in the multi-purpose superstar that is white vinegar? (Grist)
  4. If you enjoy packaged water, you might want to give boxed H20 a try. (Treehugger)
  5. The Philadelphia transit authority is getting creative and trying to harness energy from braking subway trains. (YaleE360)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, August 23

Written by | August 23rd, 2010

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It’s just another cool green Monday…

  1. Heading back to school? Ask Umbra offers tips for eco-friendly school fundraisers and green college experiences, respectively. (Grist)
  2. Algae blooms as viewed from space=beautiful! (Wired)
  3. Self-cleaning technology used in missions to Mars may now keep solar panels sparkly clean. (CleanTechnica)
  4. This rotating solar home (?!) generates five times more energy than it uses. (EcoGeek)
  5. In not super-surprising news, bike- and pedestrian-friendly cities have lower rates of obesity, researchers say. What benefits the health of the environment often benefits us, too! (Treehugger)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, August 16

Written by | August 16th, 2010

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It’s the start of another cool green week:

  1. Sad news for the Rothschild’s giraffe– it’s officially endangered. (Mongabay)
  2. Ask Umbra explores the ecological impact of milk. (Grist)
  3. Will this summer’s crazy weather spur the world to action on climate change? (Guardian Eco)
  4. If you live in New Jersey (this writer’s home state, and arguably the greatest state in the entire United States), a solar roof could earn you cold, hard cash. (CleanTechnica)
  5. The Sierra Club ranked the nation’s greenest college campuses– did yours make the list? (Green)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, August 2

Written by | August 2nd, 2010

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Five fabulous green links, coming right up!

  1. A NASCAR track goes solar. (CleanTechnica)
  2. What’s the diff between “static kill” and “bottom kill”? (Christian Science Monitor)
  3. Economic ups and downs are shaking the confidence of green consumers. (GreenBiz)
  4. There’s more trouble on the horizon for the Gulf of Mexico. This time– dead zones. (DotEarth)
  5. Check out this great slideshow of green graffiti from around the world. (Huffington Post)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, June 2

Written by | June 2nd, 2010

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Scratch that green news itch:

  1. Books about rainforests are destroying rainforests, says a new report. (Mongabay)
  2. What’s the oil spill going to do to the Gulf’s food chain? (Guardian)
  3. If they want to, five western U.S. states could get 30 percent of their energy from wind and five percent from solar without the construction of extensive new infrastructure. (Green)
  4. What mud can tell us about climate change. (Grist)
  5. Fight bugs with bugs: Use insects, not pesticides, in your garden this year. (Huffington Post)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, May 12

Written by | May 12th, 2010

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Get your Cool Green Morning on:

  1. Here it is: the long-awaited Senate climate/energy bill! (Huffington Post Green)
  2. The Nature Conservancy (hey, that’s us!) just announced its purchase of California’s Independence Lake, a popular hiking and angling destination as well as an important water source. (AP/Bloomberg BusinessWeek)
  3. We’re already pretty familiar with the damage an oil spill can do to the environment, but what about the effects on human health? (The Daily Green)
  4. The key to jaguars’ survival? Let them roam. (New York Times)
  5. The “next oil”: wind, solar, waves, trash…or something we haven’t even thought of yet? (Yahoo Green)
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