Green blog (New York Times): The Toll From Tree-Boring Pests
Local governments and homeowners in the U.S. and Canada bear the brunt of the costs of invasive forest insects, a new study finds. The tab comes to $2 billion a year for local governments and $1.5 billion for residential homeowners in the form of lost property values. Only about $216 million a year in costs is shouldered by the federal government, and that largely goes toward research.
Green Tech blog (CNET): Solar industry shakeout leads to more large projects
Research company Solarbuzz reporta that rapidly falling solar panel prices this year contributed to a sharp increase in planned non-residential solar projects, growing from 17 gigawatts to 24 gigawatts of planned solar capacity in just the past two months. Much of the demand for utility-scale solar is in California which requires utilities to get 33 percent of their power from renewable sources.
Scientific American: Large Carbon Sequestration Project Ramps Up at Corn Ethanol Facility
In coming months, Archer Daniels Midland will ramp up construction on an initiative to grab carbon dioxide emitted from an ethanol facility and inject the gas into reservoirs deep underground. The Department of Energy announced the project’s groundbreaking at the company’s facility in Decatur, Ill., in late August.
Science Daily: Researchers Analyze the Evolving Human Relationship With Fire
Humanity’s relationship to fire — including wildfires, burning of fossil fuels, controlled burns and human-caused fire — is the focus of a report by an international team of scientists. The researchers offer a historical framework to help other researchers, as well as managers, to develop a context for considering the relationships humans have with fire.