Green News For The Weekend Volume 289

November 30, 2012

Some important green news for you to check out this weekend in between preparing for the holidays…

UN report says much of the permafrost in northern latitudes is at risk, and could have huge impacts on efforts to tackle climate change.

The water that sloshes through city pipes can both quench your thirst and generate electricity. Though, the later is far less common. But that’s the proposition from startup Rentricity, which has developed equipment that uses water pressure to produce electricity and helps water suppliers reduce their energy costs.

In the 1930s Dust Bowl a land speculator– and government-encouraged plowing frenzy removed windbreaks and grasslands that stabilized soil. The dry, windy weather that followed created one of the worst man-made ecological disasters ever. Powerful winds scoured bare soil from the ground and carried it long distances. Farms failed across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. This October’s dust storm, which followed preparation of fields for fall planting, could be the first act of an encore performance.

Getting your stuff fixed instead of throwing it away is good for the environment as well as for your bank balance. So why is this craft dying out in America?

U.S. offshore wind farm developer Cape Wind said on Monday that Massachusetts utility regulators approved a 15-year power purchase agreement with power company NSTAR to buy Cape Wind’s energy, capacity and renewable energy credits.

Yesterday, the EPA recommended new recreational water quality criteria that will help protect peoples’ health during visits to beaches and other waters. The last time the EPA issued recommendations for recreational waters was in 1986 so updating these criteria are crucial in the continued protection of the public who partake in water-related activities like swimming, boating, and beach combing to name a few.

Sweden has an unusual problem – not enough rubbish. With a strong tradition of recycling and incinerating, it now has too many waste-to-energy incinerators and not enough rubbish to meet demand. It has become Europe’s biggest importer of trash from other countries, currently mainly from Norway.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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