Daily Green Wrap-Up 29. July, 2012

The view of vast wind turbine farms onshore or out at sea is now commonplace across our changing landscape. The UK Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy states that by 2020 thirty-five to forty-five per cent of electricity needs must come from green resources, encouraging us all to become more energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint.
It was the largest mass environmental civil disobedience in a generation.
Over 1200 were arrested over a two week period after writer Bill McKibben had called for urgent action to pressure President Obama to deny the permits for the Keystone XL pipeline. McKibben referred to the pipeline as a “carbon bomb” that would have had dire implications for both eco-systems and communities from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, and the climate as well.
Rumors of coal’s demise might be greatly exaggerated. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding new “clean coal” technologies that would retrofit existing power plants to be in compliance with pollution rules.
Owners of public electric-vehicle charging stations would do well to bill their customers about a $1 per hour. That’s the rate where they can make money but won’t make EV drivers feel gouged, according to the Christian Science Monitor reports, citing several members of the EV charging station industry.
As July winds to a close, it’s time to finalize the details of your late-summer travel plans. Don’t have any? These 10 infographics on where your dollars go should help you to find some extra cash here and there for a plane ticket — or maybe just a few books to help fuel your imagination.

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