Scratchpaper Recommended Links [Ed. 0023 / Environment]

Leaves GreenLatest selection of the best stuff I’ve seen lately across the ScratchPaper focus areas of Green, Environment, Energy, Transportation, and New Urbanism, including items on how one guy with a whiteboard just made the global warming debate obsolete, how solar has overtaken wind, how graphene may replace batteries and the future of e-Bikes.  Enjoy.


  • Gambling with Civilization (NYTimes)
  • One Guy With A Marker Just Made The Global Warming Debate Completely Obsolete (UpWorthy)
  • Big builders hoarding fracking rights beneath new homes (Grist)
  • Ancient Archeological Sites That Were Destroyed By Stupid Humans (IO9)
  • The Social Science Explaining Why More Climate Science Hasn’t Led to Greenhouse Action (NYTimes)
  • Monsanto’s Losses Widen as Seed Sales Decline (NYTimes)
  • Oysters dying as coast is hit hard (The Seattle Times)
  • China’s Dam Building – A Rigged Game (Economist)
  • What’s really going on with Arctic sea ice? (Grist)
  • Don’t blame climate change for extreme weather (Washington Post)


  • Solar power to overtake wind for the first time (MarketWatch)
  • This Graphene-Coated Silicon Power Cell Signals a Battery-Free Future (Gizmodo)
  • Power up: California may force utilities to buy big batteries for renewables (Grist)
  • A Staff of Robots Can Clean and Install Solar Panels (NYTimes)
  • Cost overruns for Mississippi Power’s Kemper clean-coal plant are approaching $2 billion (WSJ)
  • Battery-Stored Consumer Solar Power Sparks Backlash From Utilities (Bloomberg)
  • Graphene could boost natural gas-powered cars and lead to better beer bottles (GigaOM)
  • Another California data center turns to fuel cells (GigaOM)
  • Solar Power – Changing Africa in Small Doses (Economist)
  • Solar Power From Giant Mirrors Flows Into California’s Grid (Forbes)
  • Solar Power & Wind Power Now Cheaper Than Coal Power In US (CleanTechnica)
  • Is this the beginning of the end for coal? (Grist)
  • Oakland solar company Mosaic crowdsources the sun (SanJoseMercuryNews)


  • Networked Intelligent Bicycles Are Transforming Urban Riding (ReadWrite)
  • Bicycles outsell cars in Europe, getting close in the U.S. (WashingtonTimes)
  • BMW To Electrify Its Entire Lineup (CleanTechnica)
  • Tesla and Samsung’s electric car battery talks get more serious (VentureBeat)
  • Electric Bicycles: A Bright Future, But A Long Road in America (EVWorld)
  • How To Build An Electric Bike That People Will Actually Want To Ride (FastCoDesign)
  • E-bikes Turbocharge Category with Sexier Bikes and Sophisticated Tech (Gas 2)
  • Five Facts About Tesla & Electric Cars That May Surprise You (GreenCarReports)
  • A pesky problem of plug-in priority (AutoNews)

New Urbanism

  • Talking with Revered New Urbanist Andres Duany (BusinessInsider)
  • Wal-Mart: An economic cancer on our cities (Salon)

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