Investments in Renewable Energy Topped Fossil Fuels Last Year

November 29, 2011 by  
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For the first time, investments in renewable energy projects surpassed those in fossil fuel power plants, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  Last year, $187 billion was invested in renewable energy installations, while $157 billion was invested in new natural gas, oil and coal plants. The increase in investments in the sector , even while in a down economy, has led to price drops in equipment and renewable energy power, making solar and wind power far more competitive with coal power. Renewable energy subsidies deserve a lot of credit for the spending increase:  about $66 billion in subsidies were handed out last year. It’s a great bit of news as another round of global talks on the climate crisis is likely heading nowhere as we speak. via LA Times

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London Using Glue to Clean Up Air

November 28, 2011 by  
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The European Union is requiring member countries to have no more than 35 bad air days per year by 2012 or the countries will face fines of around $450 million.  In order to clean up air pollution to meet the EU’s standards, London is turning to glue.  Well, a glue of sorts.  The English capital is applying a calcium-based adhesive to streets to trap particulate air pollution and, believe it or not, it’s working. The city’s street sweepers have applied the adhesive to air pollution hot spots around the city and particulate levels in those areas have dropped 14 percent.  The project has cost the city $1.4 million so far, which is pretty expensive, but 14 percent is a pretty substantial reduction from glue alone and a far cry from a payout of $450 million if they didn’t meet the standards. London will be taking other action to reduce air pollution, including rolling out cleaner buses , retiring the most polluting taxis, enforcing stricter emissions standards and planting trees. via Grist

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Happy Meals Banned in San Francisco

November 4, 2010 by  
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Photo: Christina Kennedy, Wikimedia Commons , CC Queue up another round of controversy for San Francisco — the city has just voted to ban the practice of marketing unhealthy food to children. Specifically, it has outlawed the practice of using Happy Meals or other similar toy-based promotions to sell foods proven to lead to childhood obesity.

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Photographic Evidence Proves That Squid Can Fly

November 4, 2010 by  
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Photo: Bob and Deb Hulse Once, while boating off the coast of Jamaica in 2001, marine biologist Silvia Maciá and her husband caught a glimpse of an oddly familiar creature leaping from the waves, soaring with ease over the surface of the ocean. As the animal propelled itself for some 30 feet, Maciá realized she was witnessing the most unusual sight — a flying squid. So intrigued by what she saw that day, Maciá would go on to co-author a paper examining similar observations, though essential photographic evidence of the incredible phen…

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