Alternative Fuel Projects Given 80 Million Pound Boost

Fuel cell vans and hybrid buses are just the latest projects to receive funding from the UK’s special fund for innovative green technologies. 32.8 Million Pounds have been allocated so far for public transit research and development, and the results so far have not been disappointing. The Advanced Propulsion Center, backed by the UK Government and the country’s automotive industry, is behind the grants.

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Mark Masselli

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Penang Government Promotes Green Technology

The government in Penang, Malaysia, is providing monetary incentives to any building owners who install rain water harvesting systems this year. It is aimed at promoting healthy water use patterns, as water consumption in Penang is currently the highest in all of Malaysia. This is only one of eight sustainability projects for which his administration has allocated funds.

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli

Pennsylvania Governor Backs Green Energy

Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania is proposing $675 Million in bonds to support the developing green energy industry in his state. His plan would reduce dependence on fossil fuels and, in the long rum, would make money for the state. He feels that borrowing the money through bonds should be viewed as an investment in the state’s future.

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Mark Masselli

Prime Minister of Malasyia Feels Heat from Global Warming

The Prime Minister of Malaysia has publicly stated that climate change has caused massive damage and loss of lives in his country. Rainfall patterns have changed and caused a water crisis in several states last year, while in other parts of the country massive flooding caused immense damage and killed people. He warned that ignoring global warming would only lead to further natural disasters.

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Mark Masselli

Rosetta Comet Releasing More Water As It Approaches Sun

This news is from a month ago, but it was so interesting I couldn’t pass it up. The same comet that the Philae lander touched down on in 2014 is now getting closer and closer to the sun, and we can measure the increase in water loss as this happens. Maybe we can get some clues as to how Earth gained its water by watching the process.

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Mark Masselli

Fishermen in Goa Dread Return of Mining

In Goa, the mines used to silt up the Mandovi river. They damaged farms and almost irreparably harmed the local fishing industry, with so much pollution in the water from the local iron mines that the river would run red at times. In 2012, the Indian government banned mining in the area, but that ban is on the edge of being overturned. Let’s hope that, if the mining is brought back, it is properly supervised and controlled by the Indian government to prevent another environmental catastrophe.

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli