No Helmet? No Problem, Says NYC Bike Share Program

If any of you have ridden a bike in New York City (NYC) you know it can dangerous. Cabs, trucks, buses, pedestrians, other bukers, you name it and they are all blocking the bike lane. So it was very surprising to find out that New York’s month-old Citi Bike program, a citywide bike share program, requires no bike helmets to be worn to renters of the bikes.

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Researchers Create Wooden Battery For Large-Scale Energy Storage

Very few things would be more helpful to the transition to clean energy, all-natural, low-cost battery that lasts a long time. So imagine how world-changing a battery made from wood fibers could be to the clean energy movement. A team of scientists at the University of Maryland, including Liangbing Hu, and Teng Li, have done just that, creating a battery made of wood fibers and tin, two of the cheapest and most-common elements in the world.

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France Says No Merci To Fracking After Looking At Impact In The U.S.

After reviewing the “considerable” environmental damage in the U.S. caused by fracking, France is upholding its national ban that’s been in place since 2011.

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California High Speed Rail: All Aboard!

The overseeing board of the California high speed rail project has said that the first 65 mile stretch of rail between Fresno and Merced will be exempt from the requirement that railway construction first obtain prior approval from the federal board.

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Cleantechnica Takes on the Myth that Electric Cars Aren't That Green

One of the most common myths associated with electric cars is that they’re no more “green” than gas cars, once “all the variables are considered”. The first problem with that type of thinking is that most studies fail to determine what, exactly, all the variables are. The second problem is that, even once you find a great majority of the variables, you can still flub the basic math.

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China Tells Polluters: Clean Up Your Act, or Face THE DEATH PENALTY!

AWESOMESAUCE!! The Chinese government just issued a new judicial interpretation that will allow courts to issue harsher punishments for environmental crimes, and reports coming out of Chinese news agencies is that THE DEATH PENALTY could be handed down for the most serious offenses against the environment.

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Fracking The Amish

Jesus said, “Turn the other cheek”. So if you are of the Amish faith you prefer to settle legal disputes within your own community, without litigation. In other words the Amish will not sue, and if you’re a natural gas company, that’s very good news. Turns out that whole “Amish Mafia” thing might be blown out of proportion.

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“Green” Carwash Opens In New Jersey

Designed by Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program , a local Cub Scout pack put on a green car wash that used collected rainwater and rain gardens to purify runoff, limiting the amount of chemicals that enter the local water supply.

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Pig Poop Fuel Wins National Science Award

Pig poop has been turned into alternative energy and fertilizer, a monumental effort that has been awarded a Federal Government 2013 Star Award. Let’s hear it for poo power?

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