Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative just announced an Energy Efficient Schools Initiative that plans to install efficient windows, digital sensors, and smart thermostats in 500 Long Island and New York City schools by 2012, free to the schools. Students will learn how to cut energy use and costs.
The California Public Utilities Commission wants to transform the lighting market by having utilities lower subsidies for compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) in favor of newer technologies: light-emitting diodes, halogen bulbs, or specialty CFLs that cut the first cost of modern lighting technologies.
Oceana, an environmental group, released a study showing that the Atlantic coast has more energy from wind than from oil or gas. Wind turbines would lower chances of accidents like in the Gulf of Mexico, and by reducing coal use they would cut air pollution that warms water and makes it acidic.
Solar energy is attractive compared to traditional sources, but it’s not always predictable. Scientists in Hawaii and California are working on this problem, developing sensor systems to track solar irradiance, cloud cover, water vapor,and CO2, which affect how much sunlight reaches solar cells.
There isn’t much plague going around these days, and scientists say it’s partly due to climate change. America has 10-20 cases every year; 1-3 die. They studied the climate in 13 Western states, concluding that warmer nights led to earlier snow melt, drier burrows, and fewer fleas and cases.