Daily Green Wrap-up 15.October, 2012

Researchers have been trying to crack the code of spider silk for years. Its properties make it ideal for so many uses, but so far its recipe has remained the secret of spiders. Yet that doesn’t mean researchers aren’t coming up with amazing ways to use the silk spiders produce themselves. And this time, it’s computer chips.
The fight against the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t going anywhere. This morning in defiance of TransCanada paid police and lawsuits, over 50 people marched onto the easement to resupply the tree blockade with fresh food and water.
We’ve already seen how solar is a life saver in poor communities, replacing unhealthy, costly and dangerous kerosene lamps and improving school performance.
But this is more than just statistics. The life-and-death nature of lighting choices is a very real, very serious reality for so many people around the Globe.
A success story in times of crisis is always a pleasure, and this 22-acre Community Farm in Bristol has boosted for the local region in many ways. Landowner Luke Hasell teamed up with local food producers, and using an unusual Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) business model the team managed to get a fully organic, not-for-profit farm up and running. The CSA invited local restaurants and businesses to invest in the project at the outset, and in return they are guaranteed fresh, organic local produce year after year.
Electric cars are having a hard time reaching massive acceptance among the car-buying public, and it isn’t just consumers who are concerned. A new study shows that Toyota’s own dealers prefer selling hybrid models like the Prius to pure electric vehicles. Just one more roadblock to EV acceptance.
Climate change is a serious security risk to the United States — the Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the White House have affirmed as much in various reports and proclamations. It’s become a popular talking pointamong climate hawks. Nonetheless, there hasn’t been enough thinking, at least outside nerd circles, about what it would it mean to approach climate change as a security problem. What exactly would that look like?

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