Tag: alternative energy

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, January 7

Written by | January 7th, 2014

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Science gets to the bottom of mysteries like widely reported “earthquake lights” and the true age of the cockroach in today’s green news.

1. While people for millenia have reported seeing mysterious lights immediately before earthquakes, scientists think they’ve found the answer in a unique reaction by stressed rocks. (National Geographic)

2. Researchers in northwest Colorado recently discovered 49-million-year-old fossilized cockroaches, pushing back the bug’s known Earth record by a full 5 million years. (Live Science)

3. California’s lack of snowfall this winter hurts more than avid skiers; it means people and nature in the state will have a lot less freshwater at their disposal. (Grist)

4. Windpower in the UK generated a record 10% of the country’s electricity in December, enough for 5.7 million homes during one of the most energy-intensive times of the year. (TreeHugger)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, July 30

Written by | July 30th, 2012

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Hopefully some great green news will make your Monday a little less painful:

  1. These American Olympians deserve gold medals in greenness. (Treehugger)
  2. A former climate skeptic changes his mind. (DotEarth)
  3. These green cowboys are taking care of the land and still making money. Yeehaw! (Christian Science Monitor)
  4. What should you do with “gray” water? (Grist)
  5. In Australia, waves are for hangin’ 10 and also for energy. (CleanTechnica)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, November 30

Written by | November 30th, 2011

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Caffeine? Check. Green news? Check. You may now proceed with your day.

  1. After 20 years, consumers are finally getting greener. (Maybe Green Gift Monday had something to do with that…?) (GreenBiz)
  2. COP17 just began, but is it doomed already? (Scientific American)
  3. Headline win of the day: “E. Coli: What doesn’t kill us, makes us biofuel.” (CleanTechnica)
  4. Climate change and crazy weather are driving up food prices. (Green House)
  5. Journalist Andy Revkin responds to critics questioning his role in the latest “Climategate” emails. (DotEarth)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, November 16

Written by | November 16th, 2011

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King crabs: not just delicious, but also destructive.

  1. Alaska Airlines now offers cooking-oil-fueled cross-country flights. (EcoGeek)
  2. A new report reveals an unexpected threat to some marine life: king crabs. (Mongabay)
  3. Space lasers! Clean energy! (CleanTechnica)
  4. Here’s another “off-the-grid” dispatch from our scientist Craig Leisher’s family. (Green)
  5. More recycling=more jobs. (Green House)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, July 25

Written by | July 25th, 2011

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Droppin’ some green knowledge on ya:

  1. Can’t improve upon this headline: “Pulling power from the air just. Got. Real.” (Gas 2.0)
  2. Wedding season‘s in full swing! Here’s how to pick a (hopefully) sustainable dinner option. (Grist)
  3. Those lucky Brooklynites just got their first certified green Chinese restaurant. (Treehugger)
  4. A few top environmental thought-leaders assess President Obama‘s environmental record. (YaleE360)
  5. The “Toxic 20″ is a list you definitely don’t want to see your home state on. (The Daily Green)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, April 6

Written by | April 6th, 2011

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The news!

  1. There’s no more radiation-tainted water leaking into the ocean, says the operator of a Japanese power plant. (Reuters, via Huffington Post Green)
  2. The White House promises to veto a potential bill to bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. (Green)
  3. The good news: Leatherback turtles are making a comeback in Florida. The bad news: It may be because they’re running out of predators. (Treehugger)
  4. Americans only recycle two percent of the compact fluorescent light bulbs that they toss. (Grist)
  5. How’s this for alternative energy? The sewers of Paris will heat schools, and also the presidential palace. (Reuters Life, via Yahoo Green)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, February 15

Written by | February 15th, 2011

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Got the post-Valentine’s Day blues? These 5 cool links will put you back in the green!

  1. Obama’s just-released budget focuses on alternative energy. (NY Times)
  2. Climate change is re-drawing the map of bird life in Africa. (Conservation Journal Watch)
  3. In India, vulture “restaurants” serve up fresh carcass in order to save these endangered birds. (Extinction Countdown)
  4. It’s a guilty verdict for Chevron for polluting the Amazon. (Mongabay)
  5. Landfills–once the scourge of the planet, now a source of green energy. (CleanTechnica)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, February 14

Written by | February 14th, 2011

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Love is in the air, and plastic bags are in your fuel tank:

  1. Impress your sweetie with a sustainable Valentine’s Day gift. S/he doesn’t have to know you picked it out today. (Treehugger)
  2. Who has the greenest house in all the land? (Grist)
  3. The latest fuel of the future: plastic bags. (CleanTechnica)
  4. Meet a fast food giant‘s green guru. (GreenBiz)
  5. The latest on the rhino poaching epidemic: The price of illegal powdered rhino horn is equal to that of cocaine. We recommend not purchasing either. (Mongabay)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, December 1

Written by | December 1st, 2010

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Green news time!

  1. REDD: a new study says it’s about more than just reducing emissions– it could save some species from extinction. (Mongabay)
  2. So what can we actually expect to see come out of the COP 16 climate talks? (Christian Science Monitor)
  3. Big trucks are shockingly fuel-inefficient– but existing and new technology could bring them up to nine miles per gallon, as opposed to the current six. (GreenBiz)
  4. How’s this for alternative energy? Researchers want to study the feasibility of turning astronaut poop into spaceship electricity. (Grist)
  5. A Chinese ban on plastic bags kept 100 billion of those bad boys out of the trash. (Treehugger)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, September 22

Written by | September 22nd, 2010

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Your daily dose of green, served with a small side of cute:

  1. A baby snow leopard was caught on film for the very first time. Everybody say “awww…” (Treehugger)
  2. Want to figure out how much electricity a wind turbine in your backyard could produce? Naturally, there’s an app for that. (CleanTechnica)
  3. This cute little fish is actually an officer for the water-usage police. (Grist)
  4. A bipartisan bill on renewable energy hit the Senate floor yesterday. Does it have a shot of passing? (Green)
  5. Even deep, cool ocean waters are feeling the heat from climate change. (YaleE360)
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