Giant battery to store wind power planned – Reuters. The British arm of a German utility is developing a giant battery to store intermittent wind power for times of high demand. “This is the holy grail of the wind industry,” said a spokesman. “The electrochemical technology is proven but we’re using a new mix of chemicals to overcome the difficulties that stopped previous attempts.”
Study Predicts Worse Air Pollution Days For Eastern U.S. Cities – AHN (global news agency). “If global warming continues unabated, more polluted air days are predicted for the summer for Cleveland, Columbus,” Washington, DC and several other eastern U.S. cities, according to a study by researchers at Yale, Johns Hopkins, Columbia and other universities. “Air pollution for these cities will worsen because of sudden increase in unsafe air days caused by ground-level ozone.” The study is “Heat Advisory: How Global Warming Causes More Bad Air Days.”
Governors seek action on global warming – USA Today. “We have a federal government that doesn’t seem to want to move as fast or as bold as many would like” on global warming, said Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN). Duh.
Scientists to build global network of underwater laboratories – International Herald Tribune. “Over the next five years, scientists from around the world will design and build a global network of underwater laboratories … that capitalizes on advances in satellite, Internet and sound wave technology…. [T]he Ocean Observatories Initiative will for the first time give scientists a permanent virtual presence in the sea…. [M]uch of the force behind the initiative stems from concern about global warming.