On Our Radar: Robots Plying the Gowanus
- The New York Times for green.blogs.nytimes.com October 15th, 2012
- Source: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/on-our-radar-robots-to-ply-the-gowanus/
A fleet of robots will move through the polluted waters of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, measuring pH levels, oxygen, temperature, air quality and salinity and transmitting the results to a Web site. The hope is that residents will use the site to track the progress of the canal’s Superfund cleanup. [The New York Times]
The state of California moves to require the utility P.G.& E. to absorb two-thirds of the cost of modernizing its pipeline system for natural gas. The upgrades were proposed after the 2010 San Bruno pipeline fire, and initially, P.G.& E. wanted customers to absorb 85 percent of the cost. [San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch]
Twenty-five primate species are on the brink of extinction and need global action to protect them from deforestation and poaching, researchers report.
Fodder for reflection: a look at Arlen Specter’s environmental voting record from 1993 to 2010, when he represented Pennsylvania as a senator (first as a Republican, and then as a Democrat). He died on Sunday at age 82. [Project Vote Smart]
Ecolab, the nation’s largest provider of chemicals and services for water and wastewater treatment, agrees to buy Champion Technologies for about $2.2 billion in cash and stock in a bid to become the largest oil-field chemicals supplier in North America. [Bloomberg]