Here are the top environmental stories folks are Digging today:
• The Associated Press: "Mexico fires up $550 million wind farm"
— Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec regularly gets 15 mph to 22 mph winds, and gusts have been known to blow over tractor trailers. A town there called La Ventosa, or "Windy," will soon be home to 167 wind turbines, a project Mexico hopes will help wean it off Spanish oil.
• The Washington Post: "The Trash Was Historic, Too; 130 tons of inaugural garbage"
— D.C. was inundated with more than 130 tons of trash following the inauguration of President Obama, partly due to a dearth of trash cans. Inaugural planners admit many trash cans were removed for "security issues," and not replaced. City workers pulled double and triple shifts Tuesday night to battle the trash mountains.
— The threat of nuclear winter has mostly faded from public worry with the Soviet Union's downfall, but TIME reports that it wouldn't take an all-out nuclear war to block out the sun and spoil crops. Even a regional war — say, between Pakistan and India — could produce climate change unprecedented in recorded human history.
— Following a review of all its logging contracts in the world's second-largest tropical rain forest, the Democratic Republic of Congo is canceling all but 65 of them on corruption charges. The country also said that while some of the 156 canceled deals will be replaced, it will now honor a previously ignored moratorium on all new contracts on the Congo Basin.
— A Canadian eighth grader's science fair project has gotten worldwide attention for its simple but innovative technique for alerting birds to window panes in their paths. Ottawa's Charlie Sobcov uses clear plastic decals covered in ultraviolet paint, which birds can see but people can't. Thus, our views and birds' necks can both stay intact.
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