The Guardian on a dire climate change warning for businesses A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers " points to a catastrophic future unless radical action is taken now to combat climate change." Businesses need to plan for a world that could warm 6 degrees Celsius. "PwC says any investors in long-term assets or infrastructure, particularly in coastal or low-lying regions, need to consider more pessimistic scenarios."
Associated Press on dwindling green jobs Federal spending to support green energy has dropped sharply due to the political climate, and its costing thousands of wind turbine jobs. Congress did not extend a wind-energy tax break first signed by George H.W. Bush. Romney opposes it, saying the U.S. should focus on oil and gas. Amid the gridlock and uncertainty, wind energy companies laid off workers, impacting companies all across the country.
Reuters on the pressure for oil spill clean-up technology "With oil becoming scarcer and more expensive, the economics of the industry may finally tip in favor of one of the most neglected areas of its business—the technology for cleaning up oil spills." There's a new gel from researchers at Pennsylvania State University that can absorb 40 times its weight in oil. Compare that to older ways to clean up, like straws and corn cobs, which can only hold up to about five times their weight.
San Francisco Chronicle on Shell's problems drilling for oil in the Arctic "Six years and about $5 billion into its quest for Arctic oil, Shell still struggles to overcome the obstacles of this forbidding frontier, where the cold locks up machines and blankets of fog sometime keep planes out of the sky for days at a time." From air-pollution requirements to oil spill containment barge damage, the company has struggled. But if it can, the payout will be big: The Arctic Circle may contain some 90 billion barrels of recoverable oil.
Grist on the green damage from saving too many emails In Grist's advice column, a reader asks if saving too many emails has an environmental impact, considering the server space they take up. Answer: "Your emails are not going to destroy the world. But they do have some impact when combined with all the data the rest of us are obsessively e-hoarding." If you want to decrease impact, be more careful about attachments. Strip them out; don't keep copies; maybe point to cloud files.
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