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Dealing with frost on the car windows can be a hassle, and unfortunately, most people tend to get rid of it by sitting inside their cars while they warm up. Instead, reduce carbon dioxide by manually clearing the frost using an ice scraper and some elbow grease. Not only will this defrost your car in a more eco-friendly manner, but it’s a great way to warm yourself up as well. If you have to park your car outside overnight, cover up the windshield with a piece of cardboard. It’ll prevent frost from forming and save you and the environment a whole lot of grief the next morning.
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As a result, the ocean and land mass exposed by the melting ice and snow have absorbed more heat, contributing to global warming.
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Evergreen Solar Inc., which revealed on Tuesday that it will close its solar panel plant in Devens, now says it will cut more jobs than previously disclosed. However, the company also plans to invest millions of dollars in its existing research and development center in Marlborough, and remains committed to Massachusetts.
Article courtesy of The Boston Globe by Todd Wallack
The black Lincoln Town Car that Tod Hynes has been driving around Boston looks like the sort of sedan that would ferry a well-paid executive. But under the hood and stashed in the trunk is a system that has turned the gas guzzler into a hybrid, nudging down its gas consumption. Read more: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2011/01/10/turning_gas_guzzlers_into_efficient_hybrids/?p1=Well_Science_links
Article courtesy of The Boston Globe by Scott Kirsner
In a move that could signal a long-awaited return to business as usual in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration announced Monday that it would allow 13 companies to resume deep-water oil and gas drilling that was suspended after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion last spring.
The administration had imposed a drilling moratorium after the April 20 accident at the BP well, which killed 11 workers and spewed millions of barrels of oil into the gulf in the country's worst offshore oil disaster. Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-oil-drilling-20110104,0,6367447.story
Article courtesy of the LA Times By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
Scientists still don’t know what’s causing flocks of birds to drop from the sky in the South, even as several hundred more fell dead onto a Louisiana highway.
The puzzling phenomenon started on New Year’s Eve when thousands of blackbirds were found dead in central Arkansas. Townsfolk spent their holiday weekend removing the remains of between 4,000 and 5,000 dead red-winged blackbirds. Scientists have descended on the town, trying to find a cause for the mass die-off.
In the latest incident early this week, some 500 birds were discovered scattered on a rural road in Louisiana's Pointe Coupee Parish, 300 miles south of the Arkansas site. Officials there are stumped as to what caused the birds to plunge to their death.
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BOURNE — It could be a third bridge for cars and trucks. Or a pair of new bridges. Or maybe, just maybe, that tunnel sticker many drivers have on their bumpers will finally be more than just a local joke.
The long-term solution for what to do about the 75-year-old Bourne and Sagamore bridges may be none of the above, but state and local officials, politicians and business leaders are focused on the problem more than ever after the traffic headaches from repairs during the past two years and the promise of more in the future.
Article courtesy of The Boston Herald By Patrick Cassidy / The Cape Cod Times
The unusually balmy start to 2011 yesterday seemed a fitting follow-up act to 2010, as final temperature data for the year confirmed that 2010 was the warmest on record in Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton.