Tab Dump

–Air born particulate matter concentrations in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics were lower than normal but this seems to be a consequence of meteorological conditions rather than the actions of the PRC.  Anecdotally, this trend of reduced smog seems to have continued in 2009.

–Roger Ruan of the University of Minnesota is working on converting concentrate (water left over from sludge dewatering processes at wastewater treatment plants)  into biodiesel via alge.

–The House cap & trade bill will mandate that states and municipalities adopt more energy efficient building codes.

–It seems like everyone participating in Infinite Summer has rapidly reached a point where they are either thoughtfully annoyed or converging-on-very-annoyed.   Contra Sanchez, I’ve always loved the endnotes.