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Top 10 Recycling and Environmental Stories of the Week (Nov.30-Dec.6)

December 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Pacebutler Top 10: Here are top 10 recycling environmental stories Nov30 Dec6.

Solar Impulse
Solar Impulse, the world’s first solar-powered aircraft, prepares for a test flight in Switzerland. (Photo via Inhabitat)

Here are some of the most interesting and timely articles on recycling and the environment submitted to the Environment section at Green Options on the first week of December:

Fanning the Future: Kids Bring Wind Farm to Utah Town

A group of high school kids in rural Milford, Utah, are seeing the benefits of their efforts, and in a big way. The kids and their teacher Andy Swapp are responsible for bringing a 200 megawatt wind farm to their town – that’s enough energy to power 44,000 Southern California homes.

via: WebEcoist

Oregon Wave Power Project Advances

Oregon is moving ahead with plans for the nation’s first commercial wave energy station. New Jersey-based Ocean Power Technologies announced that it has contracted with Oregon Iron Works to start building what it hoped will become a 10-buoy test system in the waters off Reedsport, Ore.

via: Green Inc.

Rooftop Solar = 4% of Sonoma County’s Power!

This is staggering. In just over six months; Sonoma County’s Energy Independence Program has received 375 applications for more than $17 million worth of solar loans. Since Sonoma County went live with its PACE model of solar funding in March; applications have been pouring in daily, and the county intends to make loans indefinitely by packaging them as bonds.

via: Clean Technica

Wind turbines beginning to energize Alaska

The turbines are part of a move toward renewable energy in Alaska. Wind turbines dot rural Alaska. Solar arrays power a building in Nome. Tourists soak at Chena Hot Springs Resort, a getaway powered by geothermal energy. And increasingly, homeowners are using energy derived from the sun and wind to heat their homes, keep the refrigerator running and charge their iPhones.

via: Anchorage Daily News

How to Create 1.7 Million Clean Energy Jobs

There remains a pathway out of Krugman’s dire vision of “a process of defining prosperity down” — if enough politicians embrace the alternative vision of a green economy, promoted by political leaders as far apart on the ideological spectrum as Van Jones and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The basic concept is simple — heat up the economy by cooling down the planet.

via: World Changing

Copenhagen Failure Defied by $200 Billion in Green Investments

Renewable-energy investment may climb to a record $200 billion worldwide next year as companies from Hong Kong’s CLP Holdings Ltd. to American Electric Power Co. start projects that don’t depend on a new climate-change treaty.

via: Bloomberg

Companies Pledge to Avoid ‘Dirty’ Gold

Several major jewelry retailers, including Sears, Kmart and Blue Nile made a pledge last week to sell gold that has been mined and produced through humane, eco-friendly methods. A recent segment on CBS’s “60 Minutes”, for example, addressed the large role gold mining profits play in an ongoing deadly war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

via: Green Inc.

And the Green Car of the Year is… a Diesel. Again!

If I were a betting man, I would have never guessed that the Green Car Journal would choose another diesel to win the 2010 title. But they have. The Audi A3 TDI was just named the 2010 Green Car of the Year.

via: Gas 2.0

Solar-Powered Plane Takes Maiden Flight

We were thrilled to learn last month that the Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane that will take a 20 to 25 day trip around the world, made its first successful test down the runway. And now we’re even more excited to report that the plane completed its first flight in Switzerland just yesterday.

via: Inhabitat

Artist creates sustainable bus shelter from soft drink bottles

We’ve seen glass bottles being recycled to make houses and even temples. Eco-minded artist Aaron Scales has his hands on bottle recycling and has come up with a sustainable bus shelter that has been constructed from soft drink bottles.

via: Eco Friend

Tags: Environment