Green-News: Monday 12.22.08
- Mercury is bad. That’s why the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has mandated that all thermostats sold in the state after Dec. 8, 2008 must be mercury-free, because many old thermostats end up in landfills or incinerators, releasing pollution; via GreenSpace.
- The Energy Information Administration has determined the United States will fail to meet its biofuels mandate. The U.S. is the world’s top producer of corn-based ethanol, but will only produce 30 billion gallons of it, falling short of its 2022 goal of 36 billion gallons; ENN reports.
- General Motors is putting the breaks on a new factory for the gas-electric hybrid Chevy Volt. GM is running out of money. But the company still plans to begin production of the Volt in 2010. The car’s engine will act as generator to recharge batteries for trips over 40 miles; from GreenTech.
- Sails power boats by wind, but Japan has launched the first solar-powered cargo ship. It can carry 6,400 cars and is outfitted with 328 solar panels, costing $1.68 million dollars. This power system with generate 40 kilowatts and covers 0.2% of the boats energy needs; the AFP reports.
- U.S. scientists claim ice in the North Pole will melt 20 years ahead of current climate models and there is no going back. However, when simulations show when greenhouse gases are removed, sea ice comes back, even in areas where Artic ice is stripped year-round; NewScientist explains.
- Speaking of chilly temps, the United States wants to protect 7 species of penguins. The list includes 6 varieties classified as threatened and the African penguin that is an endangered species. But the penguins also live beyond the U.S., so protection could be limited; from MSNBC.
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