Daily Green Wrap-up 8.October, 2012

Most people pay attention to the part of the mushroom we see (and sometimes even eat) that grows above the ground – but what about the latticework of tendrils that intertwine inside the dirt from which they grow?
Extreme weather does not prove the existence of global warming, but climate change is likely to exaggerate it—by messing with ocean currents, providing extra heat to forming tornadoes, bolstering heat waves, lengthening droughts and causing more precipitation and flooding.
All around the country this election season, we’ve got Democrats who don’t want to talk about climate change and Republicans who don’t even acknowledge that climate change is real.
But in the Washington state governor’s race, it’s a whole different ballgame.

That’s just one of the “rules” Ford is dispensing as part of a primer on etiquette for recharging electric-drive vehicles.

The automaker has created a list of manners for recharging as well as a placard EV drivers can put on their vehicles to let other know when they think they’ll be done recharging at public recharging stations. Ford was also kind enough to create a three-minute video, which can be seen after the jump.

The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light – including infrared. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany were recently able to double the efficiency of black silicon solar cells, and the team is also hoping to combine a conventional panel (which can only capture three quarters of the spectrum) with black silicon to create a super-efficient cell that can harness the the full power of the sun.
It could be the United States’ first completed offshore wind power project: Deepwater Wind’s planned 30 megawatt wind power project off the shores of Block Island, Rhode Island has submitted the final paperwork to get approval from the relevant state and federal permitting agencies, Earth Techling reports.
Pollution-cleaning clothing apparently isn’t too far off from being a reality. Simply by walking around in your own favorite jeans and t-shirt, you could help scrub the air of nitrogen oxides. The secret is in the detergent.

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