Green News For The Weekend Volume 367

Catch up on your green news!

U.S. planemaker Boeing has teamed up with South African Airways to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in Africa’s most advanced economy. Well, I suppose that’s a much better use of tobacco than getting lung cancer is.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied an application to use a hazardous pesticide on 3 million acres of Texas cotton fields, after groups representing environmental, public health, and organic farm interests urged the agency to reject the request based on environmental effects. Kudos are in order when the EPA actually does something positive for the environment.

‘Agri-Terrorism’? Town’s Seed Library Shut Down A public library in small Pennsylvania town offered a new public resource for its patrons: a seed library. That is, until the state Department of Agriculture pulled the rug out from under the plan. First, they come for your… seeds?

A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process — a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity. Amazing if it would work on a mass scale, but I imagine we are many, many years away from that.

Using climate models and observations, a fascinating study in this week’s issue of Nature Climate Change points to a marked recent warming of the Atlantic Ocean as a powerful shaper of a host of notable changes in climate and ocean patterns in the last couple of decades — including Pacific wind, sea level and ocean patterns, the decade-plus hiatus in global warming and even California’s deepening drought.

A container plus some potting soil and seeds or a plant equals flowers, herbs, veggies, even dwarf trees or shrubs. Container gardening is the ultimate garden leveler for all of us, no matter where we live. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of ideas — we’ve got 50 of them. Everyone would benefit from planting even just an herb or two in their own kitchen.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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