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Green Canary News: New Reasons to Say “Dam” and Who’s Afraid of Recycled TP

Posted 03.11.2009

Welcome to another edition of Green Canary’s Five Must-Reads! This update is jam-packed with hydropower, solar power and wind energy. For more on what we’ve been up to, click over to the EnviroBlog!


American Taste For Soft Toilet Roll ‘Worse Than Driving Hummers
The Guardian: Environment, February 26

The tenderness of the delicate American buttock is causing more environmental devastation than the country’s love of gas-guzzling cars, fast food or McMansions, according to green campaigners. At fault, they say, is the U.S. public’s insistence on extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply products they use in the bathroom.

Innovation & Technology Updates

Dammed If We Do …
The New Republic: The Vine, March 3

Now that everyone is looking for ways to generate carbon-free electricity, at least one ancient method is coming back in vogue—the hydroelectric dam. Dams are clean, relatively cheap, and, best of all, there’s no glitzy technology required.

Organizational Practices

Pursuing the Elusive Goal Of a Carbon-Neutral Building
Yale Environment 360, March 3

Early this year, a new building opened on the Yale University campus that set out to achieve the architectural Holy Grail in the age of global warming — getting to carbon neutral.

Renewable Energy News

Wind-Power Industry Seeks Trained Workforce
The Los Angeles Times, March 1

President Obama wants to create 5 million green jobs over the next decade. What isn’t clear is how the U.S. is going to prepare this workforce. Technical education for renewable-energy workers is scarce, particularly for the fast-growing wind industry.

Storing Solar Power in Salt
The New York Times: Green Inc., March 2

SolarReserve takes a common solar thermal concept and changes it up by using mirrors to heat salt, rather than water, which melts into a liquid about twice as dense as water — and here’s the catch: stored in a thermal silo, the melted salt is able to maintain vast amounts of heat, which can be tapped later for use in power production.