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PaganNewsBeagle Earthy Thursday Sept 4

Today is Earthy Thursday and today the Pagan News Beagle brings you tales of the many ways we humans are trying to invent our way out of climate change: solar sponges, electric mass transit, propane from gut bacteria, floating cities and cities built for bicycling and walking. Enjoy your day!

Researchers at MIT are working on creating a graphite solar "sponge" -- a material which promises to make desalination and solar power generation, more efficient and inexpensive.

Britain wants to reduce its carbon emissions with zero-emission buses for mass transit -- and is on its way to making that idea a reality.

Fossil fuel replacement from E Coli? (That's a bacteria that normally lives in the human gut.) British and Finnish scientists are developing a renewable form of propane (which has a lower carbon footprint than most fossil fuels.)

The country of Bangladesh is on the front lines of dealing with rising sea levels due to climate change, so it's considering ways to float above the floods.

One barrier to walking and bicycling (both climate-friendlier modes of transportation) is safety: many roads simply aren't safe for pedestrians and cyclists. Now, techniques from Sweden (which boasts the safest roads on Earth) are being used to make other places safer for biking and walking, too.


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