Archive for May, 2011

Hope everyone’s enjoying the long weekend. Just a few links this time.

It only took 5 hours after the Japan quake for nuclear meltdown to begin (Washington Post).

Car buyers are turning to smaller vehicles (NY Times).

Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg join forces against climate change (NY Times).

Electric car charging stations will be installed near Boston’s city hall (Boston Globe). The Globe also writes that it was in Boston that the wetlands restoration idea was created long ago.

Sea turtle deaths in the Gulf of Mexico are apparently due to shrimpers, not oil (Washington Post).

RI’s offshore wind-mapping is seen as a model (Providence Journal).

Frozen foods use 10 times more energy to produce than locally grown produce.

Mileage stickers will soon include greenhouse gas data (NY Times, also see Washington Post).

New Jersey pulls out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (Washington Post).

Add incandescent bulbs to the list of provisions to stockpile (NY Times).

Chicago’s planners prepare for a warmer climate (NY Times).

The headlines have been the same for the past year, but you’ve just been able to sub in a few facts: “XXX die in worst YYY in ZZZ history.” XXX stands for the number, YYY stands for the latest natural disaster and ZZZ stands for the country.

The latest tragedy is in Joplin, Mo., and while a lot of people have been connecting the dots on floods, tornadoes and all sorts of bad weather – nobody has had the courage to come out and say: This is only the beginning of what climate change is doing. That was until yesterday, when scientist Bill McKibben published this column. Please read the entire article, but here are some snippets, which are dripping with sarcasm.

Just be careful to make sure you don’t let yourself wonder why all these record-breaking events are happening in such proximity — that is, why there have been unprecedented megafloods in Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan in the past year. Why it’s just now that the Arctic has melted for the first time in thousands of years.

You might have to ask other questions. Such as: Should President Obama really just have opened a huge swath of Wyoming to new coal mining? Should Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sign a permit this summer allowing a huge new pipeline to carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta?

It has already begun – we need to conserve today, so take the pledge to turn off your lights today.

GE tries to sell the Air Force on green engine technology (Boston Globe). Meanwhile, this LA Times article wonders if all “green” products are really green.

Evergreen Solar loses its tax breaks (Boston Globe).

Tracking aid given to developing countries has been difficult (Washington Post).

An LA Times editorial worries that the environment is irrelevant for the 2012 campaign.

West Texas farmers and ranchers struggle in a brutal drought (LA Times). Meanwhile, the West could face flooding as record snowpacks melt (NY Times).

Jamestown plans to put up a wind turbine (Providence Journal).

The next alternative energy source: artificial leaves? (NY Times).

Keep your car’s tires at recommended levels to keep your car as fuel-efficient as possible.

Warming temperatures may prompt competition for Arctic resources (Washington Post).

The EPA delays industrial emissions rules (LA Times).

A bill to allow more offshore oil and gas drilling is voted down in the Senate (NY Times).

Louisiana’s oyster industry continues to struggle (Wall Street Journal).

Malaysia strives for sustainable development (BBC).

The White House can’t put enough distance between the president and a report released earlier this month that seemed to endorse a mileage tax. The pay-as-much-as-you-drive plan seems democratic on the face of it, but the plan could do serious damage to the environment.

The gas tax currently rewards drivers of fuel-efficient cars. The less gas you consume, the less tax you pay. It’s a perfect way to help push fuel-efficient cars. If the govt needs to raise money, it should raise the gas tax.

The plan for a mileage tax seems unlikely as the White House has disavowed it, there are privacy concerns and some senators are really blasting it now. Will the mileage tax have a place somewhere down the line? It could. In a world where we all drive electric cars, we will need to raise money for upkeep of roads. At that point, the answer will be a mileage tax, but we’re a long way away.

The Obama administration wants more drilling in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico (MSNBC).

Flooding is imminent in Cajun country (Washington Post).

A wind farm is up and running in western Mass (Boston Globe). Meanwhile, a solar company that abandoned the state may be going out of business altogether (Boston Globe).

A UN report says resource consumption may triple by mid-century (BBC).

Arctic nations pledge cooperation (NY Times).

Environmentalists say Britain is losing its way on green policy (BBC).

Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.