Environmental News Wrap: April 26-May 2
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- The ongoing gushing of oil from a damaged BP oil platform has captured the attention of mainstream media. This disaster is entering its third week and is another example of the devastation of extracting hydrocarbons. Oil spills are seen as accidents and thus dismissed by many, but when they are so damaging can we really afford them?
TheWeek lays out “6 worst-case scenarios".
Grist covers some conservative voices on the spill.
- The Cape Cod wind project takes one step closer to construction. The project may just be one, and it may be small, but it could be a great beginning. Technology Review brings up the cost per kilowatt hour of an offshore wing project, they quote the cost at 9 cents per kilowatt hour. My electric bill in California is 11.9 cents per kilowatt hour.
- The Guardian introduces the public to The Dark Mountain Project. Disillusioned artists wonder about the future, where global warming is real and humans have not done enough to mitigate or adapt.
- In a world flushed with industrial chemicals our lifestyles have become toxic. National Geographic briefly covers shampoo and how they may be contributing to increased cancer rates in the USA.
- Technology Review covers alternative energy infrastructure projects in China in a photo journal.
- Nanotechnology will shape our future, IBM flexes its nano-muscles with a demonstration of etching images on the nano-scale.
- The Economist covers the greening of tire making. Nanotechnology plays a role.
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