Archive for November, 2010

This year will be among the warmest on record (BBC). But in some cases, lakes are warming faster than the air (MSNBC).

Hopes are at best modest for the UN climate summit (BBC), but the fear of failure is real (Washington Post). A UN report says pledges made by governments thus far are short of what is needed (BBC).

As Siberian permafrost thaws, more and more methane escapes (MSNBC).

A proposed power line in California causes controversy (NY Times).

Massachusetts clears National Grid to purchase half of Cape Wind’s power (Boston Globe). The state may also be adding more wetlands to Blue Hills (Boston Globe).

It may be best know for oil, but Houston is trying to go green (NY Times).

Unplug holiday lights before going to bed or put them on a timer to help conserve energy.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Amid all the shopping craziness today, here are a few links.

The rising sea is affecting life in Norfolk, VA (NY Times).

L.A. takes steps to expand mass transit (NY Times). California schools are embracing solar carports (NY Times).

Green jobs training hasn’t yet produced the number of jobs hoped for (Washington Post).

The EPA releases MPG figures for the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf (LA Times).

Here’s three sides of environmental info to chew on this Thanksgiving:

1. Clean cars would save Americans $234 million at the pump this Thanksgiving alone. Not only that, but it would save the environment a lot of pollution.

The report estimated the following benefits would be realized over the Thanksgiving holiday if the average car got 60 miles per gallon:

  • Americans would save roughly $234 million at the gas pump, or $12 per family.
  • Roughly 80 million fewer gallons of oil would be consumed in America.

While the Environment America report examined the potential benefits from just one holiday weekend’s worth of travel, a separate analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Union of Concerned Scientists found that a fleet-wide 60 miles per gallon fuel efficiency standard for new cars and light trucks in 2025 would save Americans $101  billion at the gas pump in 2030.

2. Here’s 10 tips for an Eco-friendly Thanksgiving. One of those tips is the same as the weekly tip on LOGI’s home page: buy your meal from a locally-grown farmer. Turkey is fairly cheap so the mark-up wont be as much as with other meats.

3. Take a look around at the sun, trees, sky, and water. Breathe the air. And be thankful for all of the natural beauty around us this Thanksgiving. It might not be around for future generations, so if you don’t want to change to save it, at least don’t take it for granted.

After the midterms and last year’s Copenhagen failure, White House plans for this year’s climate talks are greatly scaled back (Washington Post).

Scientists try to measure the Gulf spill’s cost (Boston Globe). Meanwhile, the panel investigating the explosion said it was caused by a series of poor decisions (LA Times).

China’s appetite for coal grows (NY Times).

Companies seek to harness tidal energy (LA Times).

Thus far, people don’t seem too worried about lead in reusable shopping bags (MSNBC).

Tigers may be about a decade away from extinction (MSNBC).

Rhode Island’s landfill was swamped on recycling day (Providence Journal).

Here’s one couple’s quest to get LEED certification for their home (Washington Post).

This column weighs the costs and benefits of LED bulbs (CNET).

When shopping for your Thanksgiving feast, keep 2-words in mind: organic and local.

Gas mileage was much improved in the 2009 car fleet (NY Times).

An Illinois law may prevent the state’s wind power industry from growing (NY Times).

Electric cars charge up the market (LA Times, also see this column).

Last year’s Copenhagen summit got lots of media attention, but very little discussion of the science involved (Washington Post).

Headed to the grocery store this week? You might be a little confused as to what to bring thanks to the latest news reports.

L.A. County has banned plastic shopping bags, while Honolulu has delayed banning plastic shopping bags, but is rather close to a measure to follow LA’s lead. But is it all bad timing? Well, a federal inquiry is under way into whether some reusable shopping bags contain lead.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is asking for a federal investigation into the reusable bags following a series by The Tampa Tribune. The newspaper found lead in bags purchased at Winn-Dixie, Publix, Sweetbay, Walmart and Target. … The concern is that lead in bags could cause environmental problems in landfills or leach into food products that are kept in them.

The important thing to note is that not all reusable shopping bags have lead, but until you find out more, make sure any produce kept in a reusable bag is bagged separately. Stay tuned for more information.

The New York Times has this lengthy article about the threat of rising seas, and how far behind the curve we are on this issue.

An Illinois town worries about coal ash (NY Times).

Can energy-efficient housing be affordable? (Providence Journal).  Builders in Boston don’t think so, expressing concern with the city’s proposed new energy efficiency rules (Boston Globe).

A controversial highway in Russia continues to spark protests and violence (MSNBC).

Massachusetts communities look at using landfills as energy farms (Boston Globe).

Energy Secretary Chu pushes for renewable innovations (Washington Post).

GE plans to buy 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015 (MSNBC).

Old filters can cripple your furnace. Change every 3 months to keep your furnace efficient.