We are standing on a balcony outside Iceland’s Hellisheidi geothermal power plant, newly built on the side of an active volcanic mountain in Hengill. It’s pretty cold, but we are wreathed in warm steam that started out in the center of the Earth. Some of the turbines have been humming since 2006, but the plant is still under construction, on its way to producing 300 megawatts of electricity and (beginning in 2009) 400 megawatts of heat energy to warm factories and households.
It’s official, the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid has been named 2008 "Green Car of the Year" by Green Car Journal‘s team of judges (including several respected environmentalists, among them Carl Pope of the Sierra Club, Christopher Flavin of Worldwatch Institute, Jonathan Lash of World Resources Institute and Jean-Michel Cousteau of the Ocean Futures Society).
Longtime environmental champion Peter A. A. Berle died last week at age 69 as a result of injuries sustained during the accidental collapse of a barn on his Stockbridge, Massachusetts property several months ago.
The U.S. will gain 4000 megawatts of wind power in 2007, doubling predictions.
Querido DiálogoEcológico: Pienso que el papel brillante usado por la mayoría de las revistas es malo para el ambiente, sin embargo la mayoría de los editores todavía lo utilizan, incluso las publicaciones relacionadas con el ambiente o la vida al aire libre. ¿Cuál es la realidad? ¿Se produce el papel brillante con productos químicos peligrosos?
Querido DiálogoEcológico: ¿En lugar de acción federal en los E.E.U.U. para combatir el calentamiento del planeta, han tomado los estados medidas locales para reducir emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero?
Dear EarthTalk: We’ve all seen the current generation of hybrid cars, but what vehicles do the automakers have coming out that are even greener?
Dear EarthTalk: I recently had an argument with a friend who says that if we pollute and cut down the forests, it doesn’t matter because the Earth will take care of itself anyway. How would you counter such an argument?
It was with some sense of detachment that I approached the Powershift 2007 conference at the University of Maryland two weeks ago (November 2 to 5). Honestly? I would have expected a lot of students to attend simply to party somewhere new for the weekend; to make friends, escape embarrassing hook-ups, or find new connections for pot. Not, I guessed, to actually learn. But I met student after student who cared passionately about climate change.
Querido DiálogoEcológico: ¿Son verdad las rumores que rellenar y reutilizar algunos tipos de botellas plásticas pueden causar problemas de salud?
Querido DiálogoEcológico: ¿Es verdad que el calentamiento del planeta puede exacerbar las alergias?
Dear EarthTalk: I would think that the glossy paper used by most magazines is bad for the environment, yet most publishers still use it, even the outdoors and environmental titles. What’s the scoop? Is paper made glossy by using chemicals that are not safe?
Dear EarthTalk: In lieu of federal action in the U.S. to combat global warming, have any states taken local measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
There’s an American myth that radicals will eventually burn out or sell out. om Hayden has done neither. Last November, as Bill Clinton and Al Gore snatched the White House from George "chainsaw" Bush and Dan "I never met a recycling program I couln’t block" Quayle, Hayden completed his own political comeback by winning a seat in the California State Senate.