July 25, 2011

Environmental News

Mayor Bloomberg gives $50 million to fight coal and replace the dirtiest coal-fired power plants with clean energy. http://t.co/HsK0ps0

A new world record overnight minimum temperature of 107 degrees has been set - many more extreme weather records set http://t.co/2xhjl8b

Rush Limbaugh calls heat index a government conspiracy - perhaps the wind chill factor is also a conspiracy

Hillary Clinton, urged India to rapidly adopt inexpensive, clean-burning cookstoves said the stoves would significantly reduce the ill health effects from burning wood and other biomass and slash emissions of CO2 and other pollutants.
Cooking fires are blamed for causing 400,000 premature deaths in India each year, mostly of women, and of creating as much as one-quarter of India's emissions of "black carbon," which contributes to global warming and air pollution. http://bit.ly/osRNn1

Rooftop solar panels aren't just providing clean power; they are cooling your house, or your workplace, too, according to a team of researchers led by Jan Kleissl, a professor of environmental engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. 
Using thermal imaging, researchers determined that during the day, a building's ceiling was 5 degrees Fahrenheit cooler under solar panels than under an exposed roof.

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