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Top 7 Environment Stories of the Week at Green Options

November 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Here’s a digest of some of the top 7 environment stories Green options the social content and bookmarking site.

In line with our activities to fully integrate this blog to the web 2.0 communities on the internet, we’ve recently established our own bookmarking site called Green Options to put together in one convenient location all the latest and the best recycling and environmental stories published across the web. Powered by Corank, users of the site can submit their own handpicked stories and vote all submitted articles up or down.

Here’s a digest of some of the top stories submitted under the Environment category at Green Options:

From Long Island to the Solomon Islands, Communities Tackle Climate Change

As UN negotiators from around the world gather in Barcelona this week to continue hammering out a global climate deal, the question of emissions reduction targets has grabbed center stage in the press. But even if all countries stopped emitting greenhouse gas pollution today, the impacts of climate change will be felt for years to come.

via: Cool Green Science

Eco Architecture: New Connecticut Science Center reuses old cars, generates solar energy

Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the Connecticut Science Center has opened the doors of a new LEED-certified facility. 95% of the steel used in the construction is manufactured from recycled cars. In addition to its ecofriendly bones, the building also makes use of a fuel cell that provides approximately two-thirds of the needed power.

via: ecofriend

15 Ways to Save on Your Water Heating Bill

Considering that water heating can account for around 12% of a family’s utility bill—the biggest chunk after space heating and cooling—it really shouldn’t be that surprising that you want to know how to heat your water more efficiently. Whether you’re looking for no-cost habit changes, low-cost purchases or improvements, or large investments like new water heaters or appliances, there’s something here for you.

via: Energy Savers Blog

Seismic Fissure in Ethiopia Evidence of Ocean in Making, Study Says

A 35-mile seismic crack that formed over a few days in 2005 in the Ethiopian desert is evidence of a new ocean in the making, scientists report in a new study. The abrupt formation of the rift, which is 20 feet wide in places, is similar to the shifting that occurs on the ocean’s floor, according to the study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

via: Yale e360

Energy Trust and the Big Hope

If you’re like me, and spend a lot of the day drinking coffee and getting increasingly paranoid with the creeping suspicion that solving climate may not be possible, it’s good when you find glimmers of hope in the wreckage. One of those glimmers (actually more like a tractor beam) is called Energy Trust, an organization in Oregon that, if widely copied, would move us well on the way to solving climate change.

via: grist

Elwood Green: 6 Star Sustainably Built Apartment Complex

High Density green living is on the rise in Elwood, Australia with Crosby Architect’s new Elwood Green project. Living up to its name, the high-density apartment building will house 25 units that are expected to receive an average 6-star rating – the highest honor currently available from the Green Building Council of Australia. What comes as a bit of surprise is the lack of active systems assisting in the green rating, which just goes to show that old ingenuity and smart design can create buildings every bit as sustainable as the most high-tech structures.

via: Inhabitat

Robert Kennedy Jr: solar and natural gas belong together

The solar power sector and the natural gas industry need to build an alliance to get more government support and take over the energy sector from incumbents like Big Oil and King Coal, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said on Wednesday.

via: Reuters

Tags: Environment

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Satio touch // Nov 11, 2009 at 2:57 am

    The article I like most is about the tectonic plate movements in Ethiopia. It’s really fascinating that the earth is ever changing and that we can actually watch the forming of a new ocean!

  • 2 Michael // Nov 16, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    @Satio Touch, that’s also the article that I find quite fascinating – can’t imagine Africa becoming two continents and the Sahara turning green, but this just goes to show that the world as we know it today is fragile and constantly evolving. As the Native American proverb goes: “We did not inherit this earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Let’s all take care of our world.