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Storm wind and fire – when wind turbines go wrong


An interesting article on New Scientist takes up the story of the Ardrossan wind turbine that spectacularly caught fire back in December 2011, in extreme weather conditions. Infinis, the operator of the wind farm in question, has just published a report that claims the turbines should be able to withstand similar conditions if new safety measures are put in place. ...

Boots Busted for WEEE violations

Sister publication Design News reports in its Lead Free Zone Blog that The Irish retailer, Boots, has the dubious honor of becoming the first company in the EU to prosecuted for violating the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which aims to divert electronic devices away from landfills: “The retailer pleaded guilty to charges brought against the company by ...

The Lead Made Me Do It


First it was the twinkie defense. Now it’s the lead one? The NYT reports in its article Criminal Element that a new environmental theory of criminal behavior described in the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy suggests that the Clean Air Act (which got the lead out of gasoline) may have done more to fight crime than any other ...