Green-News: Wednesday 12.3.08
- In order to eliminate marine debris, the California Ocean Protection Council is calling for manufactures to establish “take back” programs for used packaging materials, statewide fees on single-use shopping bags and banning plastic food containers; SustainableBusiness explains.
- A report by Environmental Integrity Project claims the 50 filthiest coal-burning plants in the U.S. are now producing more mercury pollution than they did in 2006. Even though some facilities tried to clean up, twenty tons of mercury was still released into the air; via Green (Living) Review.
- Wind power might change the weather. Using a computer model, scientists determined a mega wind-farm from Texas to central Canada and the Great Lakes to the Rocky Mountains, on the average, lowered wind speeds by 2-3 meters per second; Discovery News investigates.
- Our energy demands show no signs of slowing down. Leading researchers to believe that even if we switch to clean power, all the heat generated from our energy needs might still cause the planet to warm up, despite the reduction in greenhouse gases; NewScientist reports.
- Rainforests soak up carbon emissions. But they’re being chopped down in order to grow biofuels. Here’s the problem, a new study has determined the benefit of using this land for biofuel wouldn’t show up for 75 years. Meaning forest conservation is more eco-friendly; TreeHugger explains.
- Beijing had a simple goal. Keep the city’s pollution index under 100 for 256 days. And apparently they’ve done it, 1 month earlier than planned. All the measures taken during the Olympics helped. Actually, city officials claim the air has improved consistently over the last 10 years; via GreenDaily.
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