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Floating wind turbines to produce low cost renewable energy

Story contains video via GizMag | Wed March 28, 2012
Altaeros Energies have created a floating wind turbine that produces low cost, renewable energy.

Bright Is The New Black: New York Roofs Go Cool

Story contains video via NASA | Tue March 20, 2012
On the hottest day of the New York City summer in 2011, a white roof covering was measured at 42 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the traditional black roof it was being compared to, according to a study including NASA scientists that details the first scientific results from the city's unprecedented effort to brighten rooftops and reduce its "urban heat island" effect.

USA: Power Generated By Coal Decreased Last Year

via Triple Pundit | Mon March 12, 2012
Coal is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. The good news is that coal’s share of monthly power generation in the U.S. decreased to below 40 percent in November and December 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The last time coal’s share of total generation fell below 40 percent for a monthly total was March 1978.

American Scientists Make Great Leap in Battery Technology

via New York Times | Fri March 02, 2012
Envia Systems, a battery maker based in California, announced on Monday what it called a “major breakthrough” in lithium-ion cell technology that would result in a significant increase in the energy density — and a sharp reduction in the cost — of lithium-ion battery packs

Obama Budget Would Cut $40 Billion in Fossil-Fuel Credits

via Bloomberg | Wed February 15, 2012
President Barack Obama, who pledged an “all of the above” energy strategy that included fossil fuels, renewed his proposal to cut more than $40 billion in tax breaks for oil, gas and coal producers in the next decade to spend more for conservation and alternate energy.

Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report 2012: Bicycling is on the Rise

via Triple Pundit | Sun February 05, 2012
The Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report shows that bicycling is getting more popular as a method of transportation; the number of commuters who bicycle to work increased by 57% from 2000 to 2009.

California orders hike in number of super clean cars

via Globe and Mail | Wed February 01, 2012
California, long a national leader in cutting auto pollution, pushed the envelope further Friday as state regulators approved rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and put significantly more pollution-free vehicles on the road in coming years.

Swedish Cities Close to Building a Bicycle Superhighway

via Triple Pundit | Sun January 22, 2012
With all the handwringing over aging infrastructure, rising energy costs, high speed rail and other public transportation projects that are spiraling in costs, cities and towns could look at solutions that can improve mobility and do not the bust the budget: bicycles and bicycle paths.

European Carbon Regulation for Airlines Takes Off

via Triple Pundit | Wed January 04, 2012
2012 started with some good news. On Sunday, the European Union began charging all airlines flying into and out of Europe for their carbon emissions. Covering a third of all global flights, this new scheme is one of the widest-reaching measures adopted lately by any country or regional bloc to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar’s Best Quarter Ever

via Triple Pundit | Wed December 21, 2011
For the third quarter of 2011, solar installations in the U.S. broke a record: 449 megawatts of new capacity in just three months, according to a report by the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA).

Victory! Facebook ‘friends’ renewable energy

Story contains video via Green Peace | Mon December 19, 2011
After 20 months of mobilising, agitating and negotiating to green Facebook, the Internet giant has today announced its goal to run on clean, renewable energy. More than 700,000 people from all over the world joined to make this victory possible!

US Coal Plant Pollution Down

via Discovery News | Fri December 16, 2011
Breathe easier, sulfur dioxide pollution from coal plants in the eastern United States dropped by nearly half compared to 2005 levels, reported a team of researchers in Geophysical Research Letters.

Harnessing desert sun to power Europe

via BBC | Thu December 08, 2011
It is a beguiling idea - harvest sunshine, and a little wind, from the empty deserts of North Africa and the Middle East, and use it to produce clean power for the region and for Europe.

Australian carbon tax passes into law

via RSC | Mon November 14, 2011
Australia's carbon tax has finally received approval from the country's Senate after years of bitter political wrangling. The Australian prime minister Julia Gillard called it one of the most important environmental and economic reforms in Australia's history.

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