This Week in Environmental News 2-1

In an effort to save an estimated 250,000 tons of CO2 each year, stores and offices in France will be required to shut off their lights at night, the country’s environment ministry announced this week.  Starting on July 1, shop window lights will be required by law to be turned off at 1am, and interior lights in offices will have to be turned off one hour after the final employee departs (exceptions will be made over the holidays).

Following in the footsteps of Super Bowl XLVI, this year’s showdown between the 49ers and the Ravens in New Orleans is going green!  The “Geaux Green” initiative led by the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee along with Entergy Corporation and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions seeks to reduce the overall environmental footprint of the event through measures such as purchasing carbon offsets.  On the Geaux Green website, fans are also encouraged to offset their travel and partake in a variety of other green initiatives. 

2012 was the strongest year to date for the US wind energy industry, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) “Fourth Quarter 2012 Market Report.”  13,124 megawatts (MW) were installed during 2012, including 8,380 during Q4.

Tomorrow, Saturday February 2, is World Wetlands Day!  Check out our post from World Wetlands Day 2012 to learn about why wetlands are important and how they are regulated.