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Canada falling behind U.S. in clean-energy efforts: experts

Canada falling behind U.S. in clean-energy efforts: experts

The Harper government is distancing itself from U.S. President Barack Obama’s clean-energy agenda, warn some of those involved in one of Canada fastest-growing clean-energy sectors. Although Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet have stressed the importance of integrating climate-change and energy policy with the United States, industry leaders say the federal government must do […]

Japan eyes solar station in space

Japan eyes solar station in space

It may sound like a sci-fi vision, but Japan’s space agency is dead serious: by 2030 it wants to collect solar power in space and zap it down to Earth, using laser beams or microwaves. The government has just picked a group of companies and a team of researchers tasked with turning the ambitious, multi-billion-dollar […]

We only have months, not years, to save civilisation from climate change

We only have months, not years, to save civilisation from climate change

For those concerned about global warming, all eyes are on December’s UN climate change conference in Copenhagen. The stakes could not be higher. Almost every new report shows that the climate is changing even faster than the most dire projections of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their 2007 report. Yet from my […]

Renewable energy firms dash for Vt. incentives

Renewable energy firms dash for Vt. incentives

A new Vermont renewable energy program has more applications than it can handle. The state recently established a program that sets guaranteed prices for energy produced at plants powered by the sun, wind, water and methane gas as a way to encourage developers to build them. When bids were opened Monday, officials had proposals to […]

Green protectionism hampers clean tech development, warns GE

Green protectionism hampers clean tech development, warns GE

GE boss argues that fostering local clean tech industries at expense of the free market will not help cut emissions in the long run Emerging protectionist policies designed to bolster domestic clean tech industries hamper the development of new technologies and will damage the emerging sector’s long-term health, the chief executive of General Electric’s (GE’s) […]

Forests, farms key in 2050 emissions goal

Forests, farms key in 2050 emissions goal

Forestry and agriculture are two sectors that must help lead an economic transformation toward climate sustainability beginning over the next five years. Renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and energy efficiency are the other key areas in which rapid expansion is necessary to avoid the serious risk of runaway climate change, according to the widely-reported […]

CEOs no longer refute climate change

CEOs no longer refute climate change

U.S. chief executives no longer reject claims of human-caused climate change, putting to rest a dispute that has raged in boardrooms for decades, said the head of PG&E on  Thursday. Members of the Business Council, a group of executives from the top 120 U.S. companies, have altered their beliefs about climate change significantly, said PG&E […]

New Designs For Smarter Buildings: Small Solar Decathalon Home Inspires Big Ideas On How To Live More Sustainably

New Designs For Smarter Buildings: Small Solar Decathalon Home Inspires Big Ideas On How To Live More Sustainably

After two years of design, experimentation, fund-raising and building, the University of Arizona’s Solar Decathlon team has completed construction of its 800-square-foot solar-powered house on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The UA’s team will compete with entries from 14 other states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Germany and Spain. The Solar Decathlon effort is but one […]

Nanotechnology Used In Biofuel Process To Save Money

Nanotechnology Used In Biofuel Process To Save Money

Dr. James Palmer, associate professor of chemical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, is collaborating with fellow professors Dr. Yuri Lvov, Dr. Dale Snow, and Dr. Hisham Hegab to capitalize on the environmental and financial benefits of “biofuels” by using nanotechnology to further improve the cellulosic ethanol processes. Biofuels will play an important part in sustainable […]

To Go Solar, Start Local

To Go Solar, Start Local

One March day in 2008, Ketch Ryan, a long-time environmentalist, sent a message to her neighborhood group e-mail list in the town of Chevy Chase, inviting neighbors to see the modest two-kilowatt solar-panel array she had just installed on her south-facing roof to convert sunlight into household electricity. “Loads of people came,” Ryan said. They […]

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