Archive for April, 2011

The EPA proposes stricter water pollution standards (Washington Post).

Oil profits were gushing in the first quarter (LA Times).

Neighbors’ reactions to solar panels hasn’t been very sunny (NY Times).

Climate change could affect water supplies in the West (BBC).

“Free? Really, free?” Yes – Free. Those were the common replies as Lights Out, Green In held its light bulb exchange on Saturday during Earth Week.

Lights Out, Green In gave out 900 energy-saving lights bulbs and took in scores of incandescent bulbs during its event in Pawtucket, RI. The remaining 600 bulbs, which were acquired thanks to a RI DEM grant and with a National Grid subsidy, were donated to the RI Food Bank. LOGI also collected dozens of pledges from people in the spirit of saving energy who pledged to turn off their lights from 11-1. The bulbs donated will save 675,000 pounds of carbon over the life of the bulbs, which is the equivalent of taking nearly 350 small cars off the road for a year.

Photos of the event can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=38328937659&v=wall

As hundreds found their way to LOGI’s booth, they cited news articles promoting the event:

http://www.golocalprov.com/lifestyle/earth-day-bulb-swap-at-pawtucket-farmers-market/

http://newsblog.projo.com/2011/04/whats-happening-around-ri-as-e.html

BP makes a $1 billion advance payment for Gulf coast restoration (New Orleans Times-Picayune). Still, the company also filed a $40 billion suit of its own (MSNBC).

Chernobyl’s effects are still felt 25 years later (LA Times).

London aims for sustainable Olympics in 2012 (BBC).

Cape Wind gets a green light from the feds (Boston Globe).

There’s controversy over using human waste as fertilizer (Washington Post).

Boston will launch a bike-sharing program this summer (Boston Globe).

The Antarctic ozone hole has affected weather in the Southern Hemisphere (BBC).

A team of researchers says lasers could be used in car engines instead of spark plugs (BBC).

Clean out your refrigerator to make it more energy-efficient.

Happy Earth Day.

The Gulf of Mexico seems to have escaped the catastrophe experts had feared (LA Times). But that doesn’t mean everything’s going swimmingly (NY Times).

Figuring out groceries’ carbon footprints can be tricky (Washington Post). Meanwhile, reduced consumer spending has hurt green products (NY Times).

The six-state climate change lawsuit may be heading for dismissal (LA Times). Here’s the transcript of the argument before the Supreme Court.

Earth Week (MAKE IT A MONTH!) is upon us – and with it comes a reminder of everything Lights Out, Green In is doing this week.

  • Yesterday, I spoke at Hamilton College – urging a group of 30 or so students to meet the challenge posed by global warming with a continued effort to conserve.
  • Lights Out, Green In is also promoting its 11-1 p.m. pledge to have households and companies turn off their lights from 11-1 and use natural sunlight and ambient light to work.
  • On Saturday, Lights Out, Green In will be hosting a light-bulb exchange at the Pawtucket Farmers Market in Pawtucket, RI. Bring up to 5 incandescent bulbs to be recycled and get 5 free CFLs. Save money and the environment with this FREE trade-in! Check out the Projo for a preview of the event!

Help stop global warming by getting involved in these events!

With the one-year anniversary of the Gulf oil spill approaching, questions remain about deepwater drilling (Washington Post). Regulating the rigs remains a work in progress (NY Times).

It may take til next year to stabilize Japan’s damaged nuclear reactors (LA Times).

The push for environmental deregulation comes to the states (NY Times).

The Obama administration is skeptical of hydrogen cars (Washington Post). Meanwhile, young clean energy advocates are disillusioned with the president (Washington Post).

A study says shale gas could be worse than coal (BBC). Meanwhile, Democrats say hydrofracking by oil and gas companies used toxins and carcinogens (NY Times).

A group says EU biofuels targets are unethical (BBC).

China’s thirst for water causes controversy (MSNBC).

Wildfires rage in Texas (MSNBC).

MIT grads try to develop an airborne wind turbine (Boston Globe).

Climate change lawsuits are a misuse of the court system, argues this column (Boston Globe).

Buy natural, organic cosmetics, shampoos and deodorants because they’re better for the environment.

A report says nitrogen pollution costs the EU 320 billion euros a year (BBC).

States wrestle with the prospect of exporting coal to China (Stateline.org).

New legislation in California requires utilities to get 1/3 of their energy from renewable sources by 2020 (Washington Post).

Poorly fitted air conditioners waste a lot of energy in New York City (New York Times).

From Black History Month (February) to Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), there are a bunch of months that raise awareness of different issues. So, why doesn’t Earth have its own month?

Earth Hour is held in late March every year and just a few weeks later, Earth Day (and Earth Week) is held. As it is now, the two are barely linked and this year Earth Hour saw a decline in PR attention. So how do you raise awareness and keep momentum between the two? Move Earth Hour up to the first week of April as part of Earth Month.

For good measure, add in the U.N.’s climate change conference for a couple weeks in April so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle in December. It would add some political pressure on the world’s leaders at a time when activism for the Earth is at its peak.

One month a year to help preserve the next few centuries are liveable on Earth? Sounds like a good deal.