Recommended Links (Ed. 0027 / Environment)

Leaves GreenLatest selection of the best stuff I’ve seen lately across the ScratchPaper focus areas of Green, Environment, Energy, Transportation, New Urbanism, including items on how fossilized beaches show us how screwed we are, how west-facing solar panels help more with peak demand, and how a 140 acre forest is about to materialize in the middle of Detriot.  Enjoy.


  • Seeking Clues About Sea Level From Fossil Beaches (nytimes)
  • Bye Bye Malls – The eCommerce Tipping Point (jeff.a16z)
  • Climate change: No longer electoral Kryptonite (grist)
  • Dread Sets in as Severe Drought Grows Worse in California (nytimes)
  • A record number of U.S. homes went solar in the third quarter (gigaom)
  • Scientists: Current international warming target is “disastrous” (grist)
  • This Is What Happens When a Country Confronts the Hidden Costs of Nuclear and Fossil Fuels (slate)
  • Bracing For Carp In the Great Lakes (nytimes)
  • How Sunshine Will Save the Planet (grist)
  • Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis (nytimes)


  • The Power Grid Is Starting to Look More Like the Internet, Which is Good (gigaom)
  • Solar Power War — It’s Heating Up (cleantechnica)
  • Green Investing – An Open Letter to 60 Minutes (khoslaventures)
  • A New Way To Harvest Light to Make Solar Cells More Efficient (gigaom)
  • How Tesla Batteries Are Powering an Energy Revolution (mashable)
  • Special report: Apple’s ground-breaking bet on its clean energy infrastructure (gigaom)
  • ALEC calls for penalties on “free rider” solar-panel owners (grist)
  • Fuel Cells at Center Stage (nytimes)
  • Scientists Invent Self-healing Battery Electrode (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
  • Are Solar Panels Facing the Wrong Direction? (greentechmedia)
  • EPA Shrinks Ethanol Mandate for First Time (online.wsj)
  • Google to invest in six more large solar panel farms in the Southwest (gigaom)


  • Electric cars may hold solution for power storage (LAtimes)
  • Aluminum F-150? Enter the Lightweights (economist)
  • Airbag forBikes? Inflatable Helmet Might Be the Answer (online.wsj)
  • Hydrogen As Electric-Car Range Extender? French Tests Start Soon (greencarreports)
  • One year with the Chevy Volt (gigaom)
  • Lithium-Sulfur Battery Lab Tests Show High Energy Density (greencarreports)

New Urbanism

  • Behind London Tech Scene, a Government Push (bits.blogs.nytimes)
  • A 140-Acre Forest Is About to Materialize in the Middle of Detroit (theatlanticcities)
  • Smart Cities: Opportunities for Startups (research.gigaom)

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