Recommended Links (Ed. 0037 / 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 the UN’s prediction of a coming apocalypse, the growth of solar and the stubbornness of oil and coal, a fascinating animated map showing Walmart taking over our country, and America’s worst food deserts. Enjoy.


  • Floating Solar Power Plant Aims to Cut Evaporation (abc)
  • Climate Efforts Falling Short, U.N. Panel Says (nytimes)
  • U.N. Urges Swift Action On Climate Change (wsj)
  • Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come (nytimes)
  • Apocalyptish: Climate Change & The UN Report (economist)
  • Americans Must Kill This Fish (theverge)
  • Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It (wired)
  • This Depressing Animated Map Shows Walmart Taking Over America (grist)
  • Meat Makes This Planet Thirsty (nytimes)
  • The Internet of Things Can Battle Climate Change (usatoday)
  • Wait, There’s Nanotech in my Food? (popularmechanics)


  • SunEdison Solar Power Plant Unit Files for IPO (reuters)
  • US Solar Power Rises 79% as Homes Beat Warehouses (bloomberg)
  • What You Need to Know About Solar Energy (engadget)
  • The Solar System that Pays You Back (wsj)
  • Solar Power is Booming, But Will Never Replace Coal. Here’s Why. (forbes)
  • World’s Dumbest Idea: Taxing Solar Energy (theweek)
  • The Fuel of the Future, Unfortunately (economist)
  • StoreDot Organic Cellphone Battery Recharges in Just 30 Seconds (gas2)
  • Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow (bits.blogs.nytimes)
  • Solar Power, Biofuel Production Could Compliment Each Other (photonics)
  • Solar Power Growth is Like an Escalator: Charts (treehugger)
  • Ikea Just Bought a Wind Farm Big Enough  to Power All Its US Stores (gizmodo)
  • Morgan Stanley: Tipping Point Nears for Going Off-Grid (reneweconomy)
  • Robots Find Work in Emerging World of Solar Energy (washingtonpost)
  • The Disruptive Potential of Solar Power (mckinsey)
  • With 11K Miles of Coast, China Is the Perfect Place to Experiment With Pulling Energy From the Sea (wsj)
  • White House Calls for New Rules To Cut Methane Emissions (wsj)
  • The Artificial Leaf Is Here.  Again. (nytimes)
  • Is This Train The Little Engine That Could for Clean Energy Storage? (grist)
  • Charge Your Mobile Device by Moving Around (technology.canoe)
  • Democrats Can Sell Solar Energy by Saying “Let’s Invade the Sun and Take Its Oil” (rawstory)
  • Solar Charging Would Significantly Augment Mobile Device Battery Power (seeking alpha)
  • Solar Power is Cheaper Than Natural Gas, Coal and Nucluear Power in Texas! (treehugger)
  • Localizing Energy (home power)
  • Massachusetts: The Commonwealth of Solar (greentechmedia)
  • Concentrated Solar Power: Did It Miss Its Chance? (csmonitor)
  • Solar and Utility Profit Growth Models (theenergycollective)
  • Where the Sun Don’t Shine – Using Solar in Darker Climates (cleantechnica)
  • Will Crowdsourced Loans for Rooftop Solar Overtake 3rd Party Ownership? (greentechmedia)
  • Op-Ed: Give Solar A Fair Chance in Utah (sltrib)
  • How Hawaii is Transitioning from Oil Dependence to Solar Energy (resilience)
  • New Solar Power Fuel Cell Runs on Wood Chips (cleantechnica)


  • They Paved Paradise and Put In… Solar Panels? (grist)
  • How Hard is Lithium-Air Battery Research? Pretty Tough, Actually. (greencarreports)
  • Why Is NYC’s CitiBike Losing Tons of Money? (grist)
  • Bicycle Culture By Design (copenhagenize)
  • A Hurdle for Tesla & SolarCity’s Grid Batteries: Utilities (gigaom)
  • VW to Triple Battery Capacity with Lithium-Air Technology (greencarreports)
  • Growth in Mass-Transit Usage Outpaces Increase in Miles Driven in US (greencarreports)
  • Here’s Why Electric Cars Will Succeed: Owners Just Adore Them (greencarreports)
  • First Large Scale Power Storage System Made From Reused EV Batteries (sumitomocorp)

New Urbanism

  • Places and Spaces: New Urbanism Links and Photos (epd372)
  • These Incredible Sliding Images Turn Sprawlville into Urban Utopia (grist)
  • The After-After Duany Point of View (metropolismag)
  • Why Is New Urbanism So Gosh Darn Creepy? (gizmodo)
  • America’s Worst Food Deserts (grist)
  • Why Andres Duany is so Focused on Making “Lean Urbanism” a Thing (theatlanticcities)
  • This Depressing Animated Map Shows Walmart Taking Over America (grist)
  • Andres Duany: Community Building Through “Lean Urbanism” (model media)
  • People-Friendly Streets – They’re Not Just for Big Cities Anymore (grist)
  • Blue Jersey: New Jersey and New Urbanism (blue jersey)

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