Green News For The Weekend Volume 320

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You know what time it is – time for your green news roundup of the week!

I don’t know what it’s like at your house, but at mine it is most definitely mosquito season. Ugh. I can’t go outside for 2 seconds without being swarmed like I was a piece of prime rib for these blood suckers. Thankfully EWG comes to the rescue again, this time with their guide to bug repellants.

Called a “cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table,’ Elon Musk’s ET3/Hyperloop project looks really exciting. New York to Los Angeles in 45 minutes via tube train? I am in. Sold.

The first major US religious body has voted to divest its pension funds and investments from fossil fuel companies. The United Church of Christ (UCC), which represents over 1 million members, will divest by 2018.

The Nature Conservancy may have recently said “3 years after the Gulf oil spill was capped a healthy ecosystem has returned to the Gulf,” but it looks like the oil sheen recently found in the Gulf of Mexico is from the Deepwater Horizon spill. Curious how TNC is a partner of BP, the company that spilled the oil in the first place.

Renewable energy use is continuing to grow. Americans used more natural gas, solar and wind energy – and less coal – to generate electricity in 2012, according to a report by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This is amazing news and let’s hope the growth continues.

And then, there’s the flipside. Just 21 percent of homes account for 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. This is very bad news. The emissions come from families with a disproportionately large environmental footprint, AKA McMansions.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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