Environmental News Nugget: April 19, 2012

By Austin Stahl | as506610@ohiou.edu | @AustinStahl24

Today we take another look into the possible link between fracking and earthquakes, the impact of data-storing facilities that make our transition to less paper possible, and a blurb on solar panels that could act as tinted windows.

1. “Sooty cloud: A visit to Apple’s coal-powered data center”
http://grist.org/climate-energy/sooty-cloud-a-visit-to-apples-coal-powered-data-center/

As we move toward a paperless world, the footprint from the power needed for data-storing facilities might not make it as green as you may think. That is, until we get cleaner energy.

2. “Does Fracking Cause Earthquakes?”
http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/04/does-fracking-cause-earthquakes

The disposal of wastewater from fracking could be risky business. However, fracking isn’t the only industry that uses injection wells as a by-product of energy-related activity. Read on to explore the possible link between man-made activity and the sharp rise in earthquakes in the Midwest.

3. “New Solar Panel System Could Double as a Tinted Window”
http://e360.yale.edu/digest/new_solar_panel_system_could_double_as_a_tinted_window/3423/

Solar panels doubling as tinted windows. Enough said. How cool is that?

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