Green tech finds: the crazy ideas about climate change edition

Repeat after me: no matter what Rush said, wind farms don’t cause global warming. But there may be some substance to the idea that warmer air allows baseballs to travel a bit further. These stories and more in this week’s green tech finds.

Wind turbines do not cause global warming: Seems an odd thing to have to say, but that was the message going out across the conservative mediasphere on Monday. The “news” was a wild misinterpretation of a study published in the prestigious journal Nature on the effect of wind farms on surrounding land surface temperatures.

Ford’s all about the money: Old money, that is, that can be recycled instead of thrown away. The auto maker’s added shredded paper currency to its list of materials that could be used for cushions, insulation, and other elements of its cars. (via Inhabitat)

Thinking about buying a green car?: Mother Earth News has made it much easier to find “apple-to-apple” comparisons of clean energy vehicles. Their Summer 2012 edition of Best Green Cars includes the Volt, newer versions of the Prius, and Volkswagen’s clean diesel-powered Passat TDI.

Foam cups on the way out at McDonald’s?: Maybe – the fast food giant is testing out a new hot cup made from double-walled fiber instead of the notorious polystyrene.

Global warming = more home runs?: It was just an offhand comment by baseball commentator Tim McCarver, but it 1) got the blogosphere all fired up, and 2) got scientists discussing the issue. Scientific American takes a look at the theories behind climate change’s possible effects on baseball.

Botanic gardens to create online biodiversity catalog: In order to protect biodiversity, you need to know what’s out there. That’s the goal of World Flora, a planned online catalog of, well, the world’s plants. Participants include the New York Botanic Garden and the Missouri Botanical Gardens (just down the street from me) (via Earthtechling)

Build your own microhydro generator from reused materials: That’s what this Instructables project claims you can do, and Treehugger’s Derek Markham found it works.

What did you find this week? Share it with us in the comments below.


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