Green News You Can Use
May 30, 2008 by Dahlia T.
- Closer monitoring of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is leading to political conflicts.
- Jesus Leon Santos has rejuvenated agriculture in Oaxaca, Mexico by looking back to the Meso-American agriculture patterns rather than modern techniques, increasing production by 50% over the last 25 years.
- We have an ongoing battle in our NY office as to whether to keep the windows open or turn on the AC in the summer, due to poor circulation and ac balancing in our office. But at least we can open our windows if we want, unlike many modern buildings.
- A high school science fair project in Canada may have found a way to use bacteria to help plastic bags decompose in a matter of weeks instead of 1,000 years.
- Clark Fork Basin Superfund Complex entails gradual removal of Milltown dam in order to minimize the impact of the release of sediment contaminated with heavy metals that had accumulated behind the dam.
- Atmospheric deposition of DDT in the Antarctic may have led to DDT being trapped in the glaciers, where it is leaking out in the melt water.
- New federal report on climate maintains that carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere will significantly impact water supplies, agriculture, forestry and ecosystems for decades.
- A new Brookings Institution study released maintains that West Coast metropolitan areas are among the lowest carbon emissions per capita in the U.S. Honolulu ranked 1st, followed by the LA region, Portland/Vancouver, and New York City. The report also includes policy recommendations and factors that contributed to rankings.
- On Wednesday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into a law “a measure that will establish the nation’s first management and protection plan for a state’s ocean waters.”
- There are a number of gas pumps in New York State that can’t display a price above $3.999/gal. Some places are getting leeway to sell by the half gallon, but could this be a reason to switch to metric?
- The Green Machine is a mini-power plant that can convert your waste heat into energy through a closed-loop zero emission cycle.
- Lake Victoria is rapidly shrinking in Uganda, leading to ever more heightened battles over the lake’s resources.
- Women’s rights and environmentalism don’t seem like closely related subjects. However, improvement of women’s rights can help lead to reduced population rates, and over population is a one of the causes of draining our natural resources.
- Many scientists worry that clean coal technology, including carbon capture and underground storage, has not been sufficiently pursued recently due to high costs; without proven technology and sufficient research, utilities will continue to construct traditional coal plants.
- American biofuels policy is being criticized as a major factor in the world food crisis and increase in international food prices.
Photo of the Green Machine by Electratherm, from Treehugger.