The Green Wrap-up 14.March, 2013

A Boulder, Colorado-based land developer has found an unusual way to offer a solution to a growing land-use problem in downtown Colorado Springs.
Julia Whitty at Mother Jones recently had a great piece about how the US Navy is responding to climate change. This week, she reports that Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the US Pacific Command, told a group of scholars at Harvard and Tufts universities that the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region is climate change.
The U.S. solar market experienced massive growth in 2012 with installations totaling 3,313 megawatts, a 76 percent increase from the previous year, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight report released today by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
A new type of solar panel component, developed by California-based solar company BioSolar, is made from a material derived from cotton and castor beans. Called BioSolar Backsheets, these products are non-toxic, more durable and less expensive to make than their petroleum-based counterparts.
…But it isn’t just billion-dollar corporations pioneering alt-fuel technologies. A Dutch university has spent five years developing the Forze 6, a hydrogen powered race car that will make its Nurburgring debut this spring.
The Rainwater Hub is a unique rainwater capture device that’s self-sustaining … just add rain. Why do we love it? It makes capturing and storing your home rainwater more efficient, effective and easier than ever – you can put down your watering can and save your back.
It’s become a truism of the environmental movement. Eating meat is bad for the planet. A few years back, a couple of researchers published a study claiming that livestock is responsible for 51 percent — 51 percent! — of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The FAO says it’s closer to 18 percent, but still …
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): The reason that I became a vegetarian is because of the reported horrors of modern industrial farming. If you’ve ever driven by a commercial livestock farm, the smell and the sight of the animals packed in a small yard together is enough to make a person consider vegetarianism! Holistic farming sounds like a far better method.

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