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Daily Archives: December 16, 2009
Read the full story in American Libraries. Thanks to solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and a gift of carbon-offset credits, Rangeview Library District’s new Anythink Brighton, Colorado, branch is believed to be the first carbon-positive library in … Continue reading
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative’s Interagency Funding Guide has been updated. It provides one-stop-shopping for applicants interested in applying for over $250 million in grants and project agreements available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. These grants and project agreements … Continue reading
Read the full story in the New York Times. Aboard NASA’s Aqua spacecraft, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder is used not only to aid forecasters, but also to gauge carbon dioxide flow and ocean evaporation.
Read the full story in Scientific American. Since the 1970s, refrigerators in the U.S. have swelled from 18 cubic feet to 22 cubic feet. But, at the same time, the energy consumption of such gargantuan coolers has dropped by 75 … Continue reading
Read the full story in Scientific American. Plastic may be fantastic, but it takes an awful lot of petroleum to make it. As such, efforts to cut oil use in the U.S. have produced, among other results, a budding bioplastics … Continue reading
Read the full story in Consulting & Specifying Engineer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its long-awaited rules governing the availability and use of virgin HCFCs in 2010 and beyond. The new rules will go into effect on Jan. 1, … Continue reading
Via the RFF Library Blog. OECD, Environment Directorate, Working Party on Global and Structural Policies http://www.olis.oecd.org/olis/2008doc.nsf/LinkTo/NT0000B20E/$FILE/JT03268619.PDF [Key Findings 1-2 out of 15] 1. Environmental policy may force environmental performance improvements on a firm, and thus in effect impose on it … Continue reading
Read the full story in Science News. Jeff Pettis continues to break the hearts of mystery lovers. Two years ago he and other entomologists went to work on what sounded like the scenario for rip-roaring fiction: widespread, unexplained disappearances of … Continue reading
Read the full story in Science News. In the past six years, the irrigation of crops in California’s Central Valley has pulled groundwater from aquifers there at rates that are unsustainable if current trends continue, scientists say. The Central Valley, … Continue reading
Read the full story in Science News. Representatives of 193 nations are posturing and challenging, threatening and bluffing, as they wrestle to draft a successor climate treaty to the Kyoto Protocol. The chief objective is to lower global emissions of … Continue reading