Daily Green Wrap-up 3.October, 2012

A recent Yale study revealed that 8 out of 10 undecided likely voters believe in climate change; and 62% say that a candidate’s position on the topic could influence their vote. As such, there’s a pretty compelling reason for candidates hoping to appeal to moderate Democratic and independent voters to discuss climate change on the campaign trail.
While electric car sales aren’t exactly inspiring, electric motorcycles are only growing in popularity. Leading the charge is Zero Motorcycles, who have just announced some significant changes in their 2013 lineup that will only make them more appealing. The highlights; fast charging, more range, and twice the power. Yes, please, and thank you!
The Biofuels Center of North Carolina, a state-funded non-profit organization working to develop a large-scale biofuels industry in the state, lists the plant Arundo donax (also known as “giant reed” or “giant cane”) as one of the energy grasses being investigated as a potential feedstock crop for the state. However, David A. Crouse, a soil scientist at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, N.C., has expressed concerns that Arundo could—if widely cultivated—become a runaway invasive species.
I don’t know about you, but pumpkin recipes are one of my favorite parts about fall. Literally, I try to put pumpkin in everything I make–cookies, breads, pastas, salads, juices, pies (of course)… Some might call it obsessive, but I think I like to think that I’m just enjoying seasonal produce to its fullest.
This level of global connectivity and access to information is unprecedented in human history, and social entrepreneurs are quick to jump on mobile technology as a solution to problems like poverty, inequality, and disease. At the same time, the cell phone industry has come under fire for its use of potentially harmful materials, questionable labor practices, and manipulative marketing schemes that encourage disposability, planned obsolescence, and unnecessary consumption.
James Cameron has unveiled the first big step in his effort to make the filming of the “Avatar” sequels net zero with the installation of a massive solar array at Manhattan Beach Studios in California.

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