Cool Green Morning: Friday, October 9

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Published on October 9th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize! Now, what about the real news of the day…such as the most bizarre claim against the dangers of global warming yet floated? Read below for that and more, as always in your daily Coolness:

  1. You’ve heard of The Sibley Guide to Birds — the serious birder’s bible? Now there’s The Sibley Guide to Trees, and 10,000 Birds says it’s every bit as good as its companion volume.
  2. Should we seed the stratosphere with a sulphate gas to cool global temps — an classic geoengineering approach to climate change? A new study in Geophysical Research Letters says that move would reduce sunlight, increase the Antarctic ozone hole and cause the sky to turn a different color. (Hat tip: Climate Feedback.)
  3. Would you buy an electric golf cart that tops out at 25 mph for tooling around the neighborhood? Energy Savers says such neighborhood electric vehicles are being tested by the Department of Energy — and these ones have doors and even pickup beds.
  4. What do you need to know about the new U.S. Senate climate bill? Eric Haxthausen, the Conservancy’s director for U.S. climate policy (and a blogger for Cool Green Science), gives the lowdown to National Geographic’s The Green Guide.
  5. What’s the most bizarre argument so far against the dangers of global warming? Island of Doubt says it’s author H. Leighton Steward’s claim that the concentration of atmospheric CO2 in Navy subs isn’t considered dangerous until 8,000 parts per million, while the Earth’s concentration isn’t much more than 350. (Um, that’s not the argument, Mr. Steward…)
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