Adam’s Twitter Facts: January, 2012


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Which newspaper surpassed the NYT as world’s biggest online?
US wind installations grew by 31% in 2011.
GE forsees a “facebook of things,” as more machines interconnect.
The world’s biggest trees – in pictures.
Overgrazed grasslands tied to locust outbreaks.
The complex geometry of pasta, visualized.
US EIA forecasts a decline in coal’s share of energy mix by 2030.
LED could capture half of demand for new lighting in the next decade.
Ford still profitable, three years on.
Brazil businessmen are the 3rd most optimistic, after Georgia, Peru.
11 new planetary systems and 26 new planets.
Fossil fuel subsidies – a tour of the data.
UK born students dropped 7.6% in 2012, as tuition costs soar.
South Korea using swipe cards to charge for food waste, by weight.
2012 will be a big year for M&A in the ad industry.
Ecologists capture deep sea fish music.
Apple overtakes Samsung as world’s largest smartphone vendor.
Palm biodiesel is as dirty as tar sands.
Apple joins Fair Labor Association.
UK’s new airport in the Thames estuary.
@WEForum report argues for “green shift” that could save trillions.
Fruit flies use polarization pattern of skylight to keep their bearings.
Poachers have already killed 11 African rhinos in 2012.
Scientists recreate earliest stages of evolution in the lab.
Meterorite chunks from Mars fell in Morocco last summer.
US bans import of exotic snakes.
Japan reached 85% recycling rates through continuous improvement.
Increased supply chain scrutiny means increased need for data.
China’s huge reforestation schemes are being challenged.
Pakistan’s forests are becoming a victim of regional conflict.
Beijing now releasing real-time information on air pollution. Qg
Chevron oil rig catches fire off the coast of Nigeria.
Scotland aiming for 100% renewables by 2020.
Forced relocations in Ethiopia in the name of commercial agriculture.
Headphones linked to pedestrian deaths and injuries.
Will savings from smart meter installations be passed to consumers?
Plant biodiversity is crucial in preventing desertification.
The UK still showing unflagging support for Canada’s tar sands.
Medicinal demand for gill rakers of manta and mobula rays are pushing them to extinction.
Mandatory green roofs as solution to increased flooding in Singapore. H
CA’s new battery standard will save consumers $300M annually.
UK carbon offset prices at record lows.
Siemens putting its Middle East HQ at Masdar City.
EPA’s carbon emissions database is live.
RyanAir passing on EU aviation carbon tax to passengers.
Mera Gao Power provides ultra low cost electricity to Indian villages.
Agroforestry experts argue for inclusion of trees in climate modeling.
Six new species of glow-in-the-dark mushrooms discovered in Brazil.
Symbolically overpriced bluefin tuna sends wrong signal to poachers.
Urban environmentalism is helping connect kids to nature in China.
Children delivered by c-section have increased risk of asthma.
Food production at record highs, deforestation at record lows in Brazil.
Germany installed more new solar in December than the US in 2011.
We could lose alpine meadows to climate change.
Genetic traces of giant tortoise suggest it may not be extinct afterall.
Dubai unveils giant $3Bn solar power park.
Craftivists want to “expose the scandal of global poverty” through art.
Recycled wastewater to augment drinking water supply?
Climate change proving devastating to songbirds.
US Dept of Interior puts 20 year mining moratorium on Grand Canyon.
Doomsday clock ticks one minute closer to midnight.
Animal rights activists targeting Chinese bear-bile extraction industry.
Stars are born in turbulent cosmic environments.
New lemur found in Madagascar.
Mexico City’s biggest waste dump has closed, with no replacement.
Stephen Hawking calls for interplanetary colonization.
Indonesian activists in conflict with palm and rubber industries.
Cutting Nigerian fuel subsidy alienates ordinary people from revenue
Climate deniers sinking to new lows.
Buy this e-book: Love Your Monsters — new book from Shellenberger and Nordhaus.
Some top clean energy trends from 2011.

Climate-related ocean acidification rates vary, but are up almost everywhere.
Up to 80% of Canadian seal pups born in 2011 died due to thinning ice.
Of 12 extreme weather events costing over $1Bn, Texas had eight in 2011.
UK wind farms broke record, met 12.2% of demand this past Dec 28th.
Climate models could be underestimating extinctions.
100 freelance photgraphers documented the state of the environment in 1972.
Chevron loses again in Ecuador, won’t back down.
Zombie parasite fly could be partly responsible for the bee die-off.
Attention Disney animators. 12 pandas leave mom, live together on their own.
Blogging can be psychologically beneficial to teens. Teens can be psychologically problematic for adults.
Ten emerging sustainable cities.

Record shareholder activism in 2011.
Journaling can help you lose weight.
Panda caught on video eating meat. Scandalous.
China refuses to pay EU aviation carbon fees.
Inexpensive polymeric materials as potential carbon scrubbers.
Renewables brought around $3B in investment to the UK in 2011.
Texas wildfires considered an “extinction level event” for up to 20 species.
Micro-organisms that feed on C02.
More cities are dredging their ports to accomodate super sized cargo ships.
EPA links fracking with water pollution for the first time.
FDA to limit use of cephalosporin in livestock, to prevent superbugs.
Network map of flavors. Mushrooms and liver are lonely.
The best bio-inspired innovations of 2011.
New device finds cancer cells before they become tumors.
European animals forced to walk up to two days as “live exports”
100 million new smart meters to be installed in Europe by 2016.
This is what scarcity looks like. Bluefin tuna sells for almost a million dollars at Tokyo auction.
Return of wolves to yellowstone is causing ecosystem recovery.
Scientists erase time for a zillionth of a second.
China planning to impose a very small carbon tax by 2015.
Lester and Hart call for a decentralized strategy for US energy innovation.
Luxury retailers proving recession-proof. Hmm.
Many US millionaires paying lower tax rate than middle class.
Voyager 1 has reached the outer limits of our solar system.
Many US millionaires paying lower tax rate than middle class.
Call Samuel Jackson. Snakes in a tax office.
Branson predicts aviation could be among “cleanest industries” in ten years.







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