Green News You Can Use
April 20, 2008 by Dahlia T.
- Are there other ways to make biofuels other than ethanol? Talk of the Nation features a few professors who are researching ways to do this without impairing our food sources, such as making ethanol from corn stalks.
- Charcoal may help improve soil quality more than manure or compost in the long term.
- Starting next week on Earth Day, the New York area MTA will issue 5 million limited-edition green Metro Cards with environmental facts on the back. (via GreenbuildingsNYC)
- China is looking towards green buildings to reduce their energy consumption, now that their energy consumption is exceeding the US.
- A new documentary, King Corn, investigates how corn came to be such a large part of our diet. NPR talks with the filmmakers, and the movie will be screened on PBS this week.
- Congestion pricing in NYC is dead, but officials look towards Paris’s model to revitalize the streets and make it safer for pedestrians. Will NYC see separated bus and bike lanes soon?
- NYC has a major problem with storm water, mainly that the storm water system is combined with the sewer lines, so in large rain events, raw sewage overflows into the surrounding rivers. A new plan for the Gowanus Canal proposes a vegetated buffer to line the canal, creating what the Gowanus Canal Conservancy terms a Sponge Park, helping to store storm water before it enters the canal.
- China is trying to green their coal-fired power plants by capturing the methane at large coal mines and use it for power generation.
- And this Sunday’s NY Times Magazine is the annual is Green Issue, chock full of ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
Image of Sponge Park on the Gowanus Canal by dlandstudio (via Brownstoner)