"April 10 News: High Summer Temperature Variability Causing 10,000 Extra Deaths Per Year, Study Finds"
Below is our morning round-up of the latest in climate, environment and clean energy. Here is what we’re reading. What are you?
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have “estimated that greater summer temperature variability, a predicted consequence of climate change, is causing 10,000 additional deaths per year in the United States, a figure that is likely to rise along with the mercury.” The study found, “For each increase of 1 degree Celsius in summer temperature variability, the death rate for infirm elderly residents rose between 2.8 percent and 4 percent, depending on the ailment.” [Boston Globe]
Global warming may initially make the grass greener, but not for long, according to new research conducted at Northern Arizona University. [Drovers]
With diesel prices topping $4 a gallon, some companies have upgraded to fuel-efficient diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid rigs. Others are changing driver habits or using software to minimize idling. [Los Angeles Times]
Lighting manufacturer Cree Inc. says it has halved the cost of its light-emitting-diode streetlights and hopes the new lower prices will sway local governments to adopt the new technology. [Wall Street Journal]
Many cities have green reputations — Portland, Ore., even has its own vertical gardens. But in the developing world, where middle classes are growing along with consumption, waste and energy use, Mexico City is a brave new world. [New York Times]
A group of American zoo and aquarium officials are asking the federal government to let them import orphaned bear cubs from Canada, so that some can be bred in captivity. [Washington Post]
New York City has tripled its production of solar power by completing the installation of panels on 10 city-owned buildings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. [Wall Street Journal]
The sun is shining on homeowners in less affluent neighborhoods who are discovering they can afford solar energy after all — by leasing rather than buying the panels on their roofs. [Renewable Energy World]
Arizona’s solar energy advocates are watching their state’s legislature for a possible move to undercut policies of deploying and harvesting perhaps the finest U.S. solar resource. [Greentech Media]
The Internet of Things could have a mind-boggling 24 billion devices connected by 2020 and that means there will be more than three times the amount of connected devices as people on the planet by that time. [earth2tech]