- Jobs in solar power are currently growing at about 20% per year, a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the US economy, a report from Environmental Defense Fund says. It adds that jobs in wind power are growing at roughly the same rate, and wind-turbine technician is now the fastest-growing profession in the country overall. [Mother Nature Network]
- Rising temperatures could boost mercury levels in fish by up to seven times what they currently are, Swedish researchers say. A study suggests that climate change could be driving up levels of methylmercury, through a mechanism that has not previously been recognized. The study was published in the journal, Science Advances. [BBC]
- The Ayrshire mining community of Cumnock is poised to become Scotland’s fully “Green Town.” The plan is to make the town carbon neutral, creating a model for the rest of Scotland. There are proposals for the community to run its own hi-tech energy system based on sun, wind, and water power, along with smart technologies. [Herald Scotland]
- Ireland just took a big step toward cutting coal and oil out of the picture. Its Parliament has passed a bill that would stop the country from investing in fossil fuels as part of an €8 billion ($8.6 billion) government fund. If the measure becomes law, it would make Ireland the first country to eliminate public funding for fossil fuel sources completely. [Engadget]
- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is now buying 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources through the use of renewable energy credits. Previously, they made up 50% of the University’s electrical supply. Only 40 other universities and colleges have reported to the EPA that they use 100% renewable electricity. [Alton Telegraph]
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