Green tech news harvest: Redesigning suburbs, cooking carbon, and mapping wildfires
Climb in gas prices could fuel antisprawl movement; carbon tax raises gas prices in Canada; Novomer rolls out CO2-based plastic.
Correction June 30 11:30 a.m. PDT: See below for details.
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
High fuel costs threaten suburban lifestyles - The Boston Globe
Does America need a redesign? Rising gas prices could drive an exodus from suburbs into city centers.
Novomer launching plastic made from CO2 - Greentech Media
Plastic made from carbon could be used in electronics and solar equipment.
Google Earth maps California fires - Google Earth Blog
Tagged maps and NASA satellite imagery help to pinpoint some 1,400 fires raging in California.
Number of flights to plummet by summer's end - The New York Times
The number of flights by American carriers could plummet to post-9/11 levels as airlines struggle with rising fuel prices.
Canadian carbon tax kicks in - Canadian Press
A new tax has British Columbians paying an additional 8 cents per gallon for gasoline. Are similar taxes bound for the United States?
Pacific 'Ring of Fire' nations mull geothermal power - Reuters
Rich in volcanoes, Indonesia and the Philippines consider tapping deep into the earth for energy.
Molten salt provides highly efficient thermal storage - Renewable Energy World
Molten salt could be key for solar "towers of power" to work smoothly despite volatile weather conditions.
Will shoppers become hip to square milk jugs? - The New York Times
Square milk jugs meant to save fuel and water are bound for more bulk discount stores.
EcoRAM could save power in server farms - GreenTech Pastures/ZDNet
Spansion says its new flash memory would be 10 times more reliable and consume one-eighth the energy of DRAM.
Military resists superfund cleanup - The Washington Post
The Pentagon and Environmental Protection Agency battle toxic waste cleanup.
Report: World to use 50 percent more energy by 2030 - Red, Green, and Blue
This is a good explanation of last week's report that projects a 51 percent rise in carbon dioxide emissions in the coming decades.
VW testing 94 MPG plug-in hybrid electric Golf - Carscoop
Volkswagen is testing a plug-in hybrid that can run 30 miles on a charged lithium-ion battery.
Correction: This story initially misstated the comparison between Spansion's new flash memory and DRAM. The new memory would consume approximately one-eighth the energy DRAM does.