Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Green Everywhere

Green Grass

The ANU is steadily being repaired and I'm back to my office and getting into my new job. My office wasn't affected by the storm but the carpet in the rest of the building is smelling pretty foul. It's getting a bit cooler these days as autumn approaches...I even had to wear a sweater on my way to uni yesterday morning. And with all the rain, things have been greening up and it's so nice to see! I got a whiff of freshly mowed grass the other day and it stopped me in my tracks; I couldn't remember the last time I'd smelled that fragrance. Everything has been so crispy and dry for so long that there haven't even been lawns to mow....

Green China

On another green note, China has announced that they are planning to take a cut in their economic growth in order to reduce emissions. As the second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, one of the biggest coal consumers and home to five of the world's most polluted cities, this is an ambitious goal to say the least. They are planning on closing many old heavy industries including iron foundries and steel mills for expected reduction in economic growth from 11% last year to 8% this year.

China goes for green before growth

And in other interesting green news, Australia has named scientist and conservationist, Tim Flannery, Australian of the year. Looking for something to read? I recommend his latest book, "The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change."

Friday, March 02, 2007

Ohio State gets $18.6 Million for Photovoltaics Center

It seems nearly every day there is some interesting new bit of news about sustainability efforts!

Officials for the Ohio Department of Development recently announced the provision of $18.6 million in funding for the creation of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization. The center combines the work of researchers at OSU, the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Edison Materials Technology Center, and Green Energy Ohio, with the work of 20 Ohio companies.