Thursday, July 31, 2008

Reading Roundup: July 31

Reading Roundup is a regular feature of WebEchoes. It exists to limit the number of "read this" posts with minimal commentary on my part.

Why Airline Travel Sux: Big Air Responds! - Christopher Hayes’ blog
This is a fascinating look into the economics and operations model of the US air industry. Moved to the top of this roundup so you're more likely to read it.

Volcano life may hold key to a hydrogen economy | greenbang
Organisms that produce Hydrogen from cellulose in extremely high heat environments. And we continue to learn from nature how to do the seemingly difficult simply.

Altairnano 2MW battery passes tests, could help green the grid - AutoblogGreen
Essentially a power conditioner/load balancer for transmission grade power, unless it can also scale out to larger capacities, but a good proof of capability. With enough of these, less power could be wasted providing a minimum baseload and buffer wind and solar output variability.

WorldChanging: Permapave and Green Infrastructure
Water permeable paving stones, reduce surface runoff, filters out pollutants.

Envirofit’s Biomass Stoves Offer | TriplePundit
Designed to reduce fuel use and thereby reduce the indoor air pollution generated from cooking in areas where biomass is a prominent fuel.

The Oil Drum | What is happening with oil prices ?
Explaining supply, demand, oil and gas prices and peak oil. Very readable, not a lot of jargon.

Green Car Congress: Kentucky County Officials Select Site for $4B CTL Plant
Presumably Gov. Sibelius will have the opportunity to stop these plants from being built under the same clean air permitting laws that allowed for the blockage of a coal plant. Coal To Liquids makes even less sense than a power plant.

Bike Snob NYC: Surly Cross-Check: Cranky Cop Coldcocks Critical Masser
Facts of the case aside, BSNYC makes interesting observations about mass stupidity and how "none of is as stupid as all of us" to quote a Despair, Inc. Demotivator.
Home Solar, Minus the Cost, Effort, Worry | Triple Pundit
Another company take on funding solar electric panels on residences.

More choices for a healthy economy | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
Delving into politics a little, David Roberts proposes a response script for Democrats to Republican demands to open more areas for oil drilling and energy issues this election cycle.