A few recent items from NPR:
- In Israel, progress is being made in the solar energy field, including concentrator photovoltaics, which can be competitive with fossil fuels
- You can now purchase a form of carbon offsets on eBay – but rather than buy offsets, you can calculate the cost of those necessary offsets and then donate the money to a cause of your choice to ease your guilt
- It may not be legal, but Kansas regulators just denied a permit to build a new coal fired power plant, the reason being the potential harm to the environment. However, its not necessarily the regulators’ role to determine that, so court cases are likely to ensue.
- The Marketplace sustainability desk has a new fun toy to play with – the Consumer Consequences game! See what the world would be like if everyone acted the same as you. I got a score of 2.7, i.e. we would need 2.7 worlds to survive if everyone lived the way I do. That truly frightened me until I saw other people’s scores (i.e. the hosts of Marketplace) and realized I was actually doing quite well comparatively. It did bring home the point of how bad for the environment eating out (and lunch counts!) all the time is.