Green news harvest: Electronic ink; oil in the Arctic; and cancerous countertops?
A sampling of green-tech news, including the potentially large role for biogas in energy mix; oil riches in the Arctic; and GE's $50 million for clean tech in Abu Dhabi.
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
Is first eInk magazine an e-waste misstep? - Fast Company
Esquire's experimental eInk issue will make an ecological mess, according to a Fast Company calculation, which says producing the magazine would lead to electronics waste and emit as much carbon dioxide as 15 Hummers over a year.
Tying wind power to power lines - Greentech Media
Wind energy can be cheaper than solar, but tying it to the grid remains a costly challenge. Still, some investors see the problem as an opportunity to profit.
Manure could provide as much energy as renewables - Earth2Tech
Converting manure to biogas could provide some 3 percent of the nation's need for electricity, about the same provided currently by renewables including wind and solar, according to Texas researchers.
Oil could make Arctic rich, Texas-style - The Independent
Deep in the heart of the Arctic may lie one-fifth of the world's reserves of oil and natural gas, enough to feed America's appetite for oil for a dozen years. But exploiting the oil comes with a price.
GE teams up with Abu Dhabi on clean tech - Cleantech Group
GE will pour $50 million into Abu Dhabi's clean-tech efforts, which include a research center for the $22 billion, zero-waste Masdar City.
'Hot' granite countertops leak radiation - The New York Times
Some granite kitchen countertops emit uranium and radon. Although the cancer risk from them may be one in a million, a new crop of lawsuits may follow.
Greening health care, one thermometer at a time - Washington Post
Hospitals are aiming to improve energy efficiency and reduce toxic waste, by eliminating potentially harmful plastics from IV bags and mercury from thermometers.