- Treehugger has pointed us towards a great video produced by Ecotricity, the UK based green-energy company, of the installation of their wind turbines in Bristol, UK.
- Nigeria has announced an initiative to invest in solar panels for rural areas of the country, using the panels to not only provide electricity, but to use them to power water pumps and treatment systems.
- Bejing’s polluted skies continue to be a concern as the Olympics approach, despite the vast improvements over the past 10 years. With 244 Blue Sky days, up from 100 in 1998, things are heading in the right direction, but there is a lot of doubt as to whether it will remain that way after August. And since a Blue Sky day can still be considered polluted by American standards, there are even more questions as to whether these standards even mean anything.
- Another big issue in China is the Three Gorges Dam, which the government has finally admitted might have significant environmental impacts.
- Jared Diamond discusses world consumption rates, the discrepancy between those of the industrialized world and those of the developing world and the tendency for developing nations to increase consumption rates as they pursue first-world lifestyles.
- California sued the US EPA on Wednesday for having denied the state a waiver to proceed with its proposed limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new automobiles.
- The Dot Earth blog interviews Peter Barnes, the founder of Working Assets, about his belief in the “cap and dividend” system, which charges a rising fee on sources of greenhouse gas emissions and returns the revenue to citizens through direct payment.
- Eduardo Penalver discusses the effects of high gas prices on urban development patterns: proximity to public transit and pedestrian-friendly communities will become more desirable and valuable than lengthy commutes.