Eco-News Roundup: Thursday, July 30

| Thu Jul. 30, 2009 7:00 AM EDT

Here's what's new around the site in health, science, and environment news:

Doesn't take a genius: Texting while driving is linked to truck crashes.

Healthcare headway: Cooperation in both the House and the Senate might not mean anything definitive, but Kevin Drum thinks it's a pretty good sign.

Solar for the rest of us: The city of Berkeley issues bonds to cover the up-front costs of installing solar panels on private homes, then homeowmers pay the city back over time. Smart.

Not so bad after all: There's already a popular single-payer healthcare plan the United States. It's called Medicare.