Green News For The Weekend Volume 256

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A weekly roundup of important green news stories from around the web…

There are at least a dozen major ways to turn sunlight into electricity, but one of the more interesting is using a field of mirrors to focus the sun’s energy on a “power tower” where the heat is captured and used later to spin a turbine and turn a generator.

Royal Dutch Shell, the fifth-largest company in the world, is suing the Sierra Club along with a dozen other environmental organizations.

Our Sun is a giant nuclear fusion furnace that converts millions of tons of hydrogen into helium every second. The result of these explosive nuclear reactions is sunlight. But the warm smiling orb we drew in crayon as kids, which nurtures our gardens and makes us look good in board shorts, is also a violent star exploding with energy. NASA wants to monitor such activity because sunspots and other solar phenomena can have adverse effects on man-made objects in the atmosphere and here at home.

If you’re anything like me, you can’t bear to toss your old wine corks in the trash when the wine is gone. I keep my old corks in a bowl in the kitchen, and there they sit, mocking me as they accumulate after every dinner party or gathering. There are lots of fun crafty ways to reuse wine corks, and I thought my fellow gardeners out there might dig turning some old corks into simple DIY plant markers as much as I did!

Pedaling through a major U.S. city is not just the province of daredevil bike messengers. With warmer weather and rising gas prices, there’s never been a better time to hop on a bicycle, especially while you’re on vacation.

The government is set to make important concessions to opponents of its planning reforms, including specific protections for national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

After months of laboratory work, scientists say they can definitively finger oil from BP’s blown-out well as the culprit for the slow death of a once brightly colored deep-sea coral community in the Gulf of Mexico that is now brown and dull.

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