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

The End Of The Road: Saying Goodbye To Freeways

“Half a century after cities put up freeways, many of those roads are reaching the end of their useful lives. But instead of replacing them, a growing number of cities are thinking it makes more sense just to tear them down.”

Perceptions of climate change and willingness to save energy related to flood experience

“One of the reasons that people may not take action to mitigate climate change is that they lack first-hand experience of its potential consequences. From this perspective, individuals who have direct experience of phenomena that may be linked to climate change would be more likely to be concerned by the issue and thus more inclined to undertake sustainable behaviours”

Weekly Standard: Against A Fossil Fuel Renaissance

Steven F. Hayward is the F. K. Weyerhaeuser fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of the Almanac of Environmental Trends.
The catastrophe at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is being regarded as the atomic power equivalent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which set back offshore oil drilling just as it appeared on the brink of a substantial expansion.”

Water Rushing Through Cities, The Gentle Version

“Henry David Thoreau was looking into a pond one day — it was his local pond, Walden, in Concord, Massachusetts — and as he looked, a fish, a pickerel, slid into view. That fish was so comfortable, so at ease in the water, Thoreau wrote in his diary that its muscles, its fins, its scales were almost water in a different form, “animalized water,” he called it. And 150 years later, the great science writer Loren Eiseley said the same thing about people”

See Also: Portable solar device creates potable water

Japan’s horror reveals how thin is the edge we live on by Bill McKibben

“Climate change may not be responsible for the tsunami, but it is shrinking our margin of safety. It is time to shrink back ourselvesIt’s scary to watch the video from Japan, and not just because of the frightening explosions at the Fukushima plant or the unstoppable surge of tsunami-wash through the streets. It’s almost as unnerving to see the aftermath – the square miles of rubble, with boats piled on cars; the completely bare supermarket shelves. Because the one thing we’ve never really imagined is going to the supermarket and finding it empty.What the events reveal is the thinness of the margin on which modernity lives.”

An interview with Naomi Klein, Part Two. “we must address inequality if we’re going to deal with climate change”.

“Talking to people here, it doesn’t seem like people are all that concerned about jobs, about creating jobs out of this. Whereas I think in most parts of the world that’s the first question – how am I going to make a living? Seeing that this could be an opportunity not just for a healthier life with more community connection but that there could be more economic stability than they currently have. That would be a major motivator. “

The Wisdom of Sustainability: Buddhist Economics for the 21st Century

“Combining a detailed dissection of our unsustainable economy with an introduction to Buddhism, Sulak Sivaraksa’s economic vision provides an alternative to globalisation”

Japan’s wind farms save its [rear] while nuclear plants founder

“If Japan’s wind turbines were to get a new theme song, it would be Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”, and it would ring out from the hills upon which they stand triumphantly, unscathed by the the country’s earthquake/tsunami double whammy, lifting their skinny, still-turning blades like antennas to heaven”

Solar greenhouses: China’s winning solution to global energy crisis

“Solar greenhouses have played a vital role in China’s agricultural scene for years. New innovations in greenhouse design are allowing growers to produce more varieties of vegetables, even during long winter months. In a recently published report Chinese scientists called solar greenhouses “the most important type of infrastructures for growing horticultural crops in China.” The team of researchers from the College of Agronomy and Biotechnology at China Agricultural University presented an extensive report on single-slope solar greenhouses in a recent issue of HortTechnology. Based on 20 years of systematic studies, the report noted: “Increased proliferation of efficient solar greenhouses in China may contribute to solving worldwide problems such as the energy crisis and global climate change.””

See Also: Natural sequence farming: Turning back the climatic clock in Australia

NPR has a page of Science News which includes links on environment and energy.
The New York Times covers Environmental news and their Science page has additional stories. The Washington Post blog Post Carbon includes stories and commentary on climate and energy issues.

Here are some other links you may find worthwhile:
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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