Green News For The Weekend Volume 286

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Some green news stories for you to check out this weekend…

VOTE TUESDAY. No excuses.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York has endorsed President Obama, saying that he is clearly the best candidate to tackle global climate change. “Our climate is changing,” he wrote. “And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it may be — given the devastation it is wreaking — should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”

Hurricane Sandy is the exact reason so many of us are trying to get news about climate change out there. This is only the beginning, a sign of things to come. It’s real and it will be relentless. You have to pay attention and do your part to slow it, whenever you can. A few connections between a warmer world and Hurricane Sandy can certainly be made, however: rising sea levels are likely to worsen storm surges; warmer waters bring more rain to increase flooding; and hotter temperatures may allow the hurricane to push both seasonal and geographic boundaries.

The Toyota Prius C compact hybrid topped Consumer Reports’ list of reliable 2012 model-year vehicles, leading a group of Toyota-made cars near the top of the list. No surprise, really, although I prefer the regular-sized Prius over this smaller one.

Some companies, the really innovative ones, don’t let the allure of infinite profit cloud their mission to create a high quality product. Britek, a Colorado-based tire maker, is one of those companies. Britek recently filed several patents for the “Energy Return Wheel“, an airless tire that’s said to not only eliminate flats, but also improve fuel efficiency and performance.

It’s become common to blame the flagging fortunes of coal mining companies on low natural gas prices that have convinced many U.S. utilities and industries to slash their use of coal. But there’s another reason for the woes of mining firms: The cost of mining coal has been going up. Oh, and don’t let anyone fool you; there is no such thing as “clean coal”.

Have a good one.

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  1. I too have wondered how people can believe coal can be clean. Of course I live close enough to the coal region and had grandparents who shared their stories of heating with coal in the homes. It’s never clean and in my view will never be clean. I did hear that on the news a few nights ago they showed machines that can dig the coal faster than humans and one machine can do the work of 200 workers per day. Not only is it dirty to burn, it’s dirty to mine with plenty of lung issues for the miners.

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