Daily Roundup: July 17, 2009
The Weatherman: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is reportedly working with a team of scientists to develop weather-controlling technology that would break up hurricanes before they hit land. Ecorazzi and Huffington Post
Pay What? Austin Energy, the top U.S. supplier of green power, faces low enrollment in its GreenChoice program due to the increased price of wind power. Green Inc.
Back to School: The Chinese government sentenced environmental activist and former uranium mine worker Sun Xiaodi and his daughter to "re-education through labour" for leaking state secrets and intelligence abroad. Reuters and AFP
Meth Mess: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment won't be cleaning up any meth labs this year--the Clandestine Drug Lab Response Program, which removed and disposed of hazardous chemicals, was cut due to state budget issues. Topeka Capital-Journal and Prime Buzz
No Jatropha: BP is getting out of the jatropha business after selling its stake in a joint venture to cultivate the shrub for use as a potential biofuel. Environmental Capital