Green News For The Weekend Volume 368

August 22, 2014
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5 POSITIVE green news stories for this Friday, August 22!

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.

Researchers have discovered that the world’s energy needs could easily be met by harnessing the power potential of high-altitude winds. Their key finding: winds that blow from the surface to a height of 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet) appear to offer the potential to generate more than 7.5 terawatts—more than triple the average global electricity demand of 2.4 terawatts.

Welcome to the emerging world of the circular economy. Faced with rising prices for energy and raw materials, along with pressures from environmentalists and regulators who have passed “extended producer responsibility laws” in Europe and some U.S. states, forward-thinking companies are finding ways to take back, reuse, refurbish or recycle all kinds of things that would otherwise be thrown away.

One construction company has taken a seven-day process and shrunk it down to about seven minutes in a new video that shows a Tesla Supercharger being built. And the video comes with some cool bluegrass music. Only in the USA.

How to Talk About Climate Change So People Will Listen Environmentalists warn us that apocalypse awaits. Economists tell us that minimal fixes will get us through. Here’s how we can move beyond the impasse.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Comments (1)

  1. Lois says:

    This is wonderful news, especially the recycling of batteries into solar cells!