The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment.


A Veteran of the Climate Wars Reflects On U.S. Failure to Act

“One of the many casualties of the recent U.S. elections was Congressman Rick Boucher, a Virginia Democrat who played a key role in passage of cap-and-trade legislation by the House of Representatives. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Boucher discusses the bitter failure of the Senate to pass a climate bill and future prospects for tackling global warming.”

Hypocrite of the year: Anti-science George Will bemoans decline of U.S. science – Leading science denier now writes “the nation depends on nourishing [scientists] and the institutions that sustain them

“One of leading right wing attackers of climate science and clean energy is now shedding crocodile tears over the decline of US science and engineering. George Will – a ‘thought-leader’ for a movement that indiscriminately opposes essentially all increases in federal spending and that wants to put climate scientist on trial – has a Sunday op-ed in the Washington Post titled, “Rev the scientific engine.” Will attacks science for a living (see “the Washington Post lets George Will reassert all his climate falsehoods plus some new ones” and links below). But now he urges his fellow deniers, who now control of the US House of Representatives, to read up on the key role science plays in sustaining the economic vitality of the nation – and the crucial role government plays in advancing science”

Inflatable Wind Turbines Pass Laugh Test

“Imagine powering your household appliances with a wheel-shaped sail hoisted above your roof.”

$5-a-gallon gas can be good for the environment-if we seize the moment

“If we can build a movement for serious solutions to oil dependence, then $5 per gallon of gasoline could provide us with momentum to finally begin to end this cycle. Those of us who are tired of the stranglehold that Big Oil has on our economy can seize the opportunity to connect with the middle class, break through partisan gridlock, protect our coasts and our climate from dirty fuels, and achieve significant transportation reform. If we fail to get that message out there, then $5 per gallon gasoline will be the weapon that Big Oil and their allies use to alienate middle class Americans from environmentalists and beat us in every key drilling related campaign. “

Transition cities: Mission impossible?

“Sensible people say it’s impossible, but impossible things are happening every day. The local Transition initiatives have spawned time banks, community gardens, rainwater harvesting installations, a backyard food redistribution network, and monthly clinics on alternative health care. Our more colourful events have included bread baking workshops, 100-mile meals, “Re-purposing Old Clothes” workshops, and a Chicken Run Party where participants built a coop together. Peel back the surface of any of these projects or events and you’ll find far more than a cool, greener thing to do. There is a conscious effort to create comprehensive solutions to the great challenges that humanity faces today, namely peak oil, climate change, and economic contraction, combined.”

UK to speed up delivery of green energy

“[Chris Huhne, the energy and climate change secretary], promised that over the next decade Britain would increase the amount of energy it gets from renewable sources more quickly than any other state in the European Union. According to the latest official figures, in 2008 the UK ranked third from bottom on renewable energy in the EU ahead of only Luxembourg and Malta”

Chlorine Substitutes In Water May Have Risks

“Water systems across the country are changing the way they disinfect drinking water because the traditional disinfectant, chlorine, can leave behind toxic chemicals.

But alternatives to chlorine are turning out to have risks of their own, says a scientist who wrote an analysis in the journal Science.”

Tiny homes: Living large by living small

“Today the trend for the environment-conscious consumer is to live in more modest means. Instead of searching out the next McMansion, we are looking for practical size homes that are easier to maintain and has less of an impact on our limited resources. But some people are following this to an extreme, and are living in what could be considered a tiny home.”

Hold that Megawatt!

““Frequency regulation,” an esoteric but increasingly important element of the electric system, is getting a new competitor.

Frequency regulation is as critical as voltage control or generating capacity but is not something that most customers notice, at least until it goes catastrophically wrong. It means fine-tuning the system to keep supply and demand in balance.”


NPR has a page of Science News that include links on environment and energy.
The New York Times Beyond Fossil Fuels series is also an excellent source and their Science page has additional stories.

Here are some other links you may find interesting:
Climate Change News Digest
Climate Progress from Center for American Progress
Rocky Mountain Institute “an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit think-and-do tank™ that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources.”

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Special thanks to rb137 for help compiling this series.

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