Green News For The Weekend Volume 259

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A collection of green news from the past week..

Federal prosecutors have arrested a BP engineer in Texas and charged him with two counts of obstruction of justice, saying he deleted text messages about the flow rate in BP’s 2010 oil spill.

Running computer simulations to try to predict future problems and find solutions to environmental issues is not a new tactic, but due to the long computing times necessary in some calculations, they can take a very long time. In contrast, a new project, called Computing for Sustainable Water, will use the computers of some 600,000 individuals and organizations worldwide (two million computers in all) to calculate the effects of the 17 million people who live and work in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, compressing 20 years of processing time into a single year.

The International Dark Sky Association defines light pollution as “any adverse effect of manmade light”. Here are some surprising facts about light pollution and one-minute ways to help preserve the beauty of the night.

U.S. drivers will save about $68 billion in refueling expenses in 2030 if the more stringent fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas-emissions standards proposed by the Obama Administration go into effect as planned in 2025, according to one report.

Generating wind energy is more than twice as cheap as solar photovoltaic (PV) energy production, a study of alternative energy in six developing countries has found. The findings, published in Nature Climate Change last week (15 April), could help inform global debates on financing initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries.

And finally, asked “top bloggers” what their Earth Day wishes were this year, and I was lucky enough to be included in the list. Check out what everyone had to say.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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