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Google is Building the World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant

via Reuters | Wed April 13, 2011
The solar investments from Google just keep on comin’, and this time, it’s a biggie. On Monday afternoon, the search giant announced its largest investment in renewable energy to date: $168 million into one of the first utility-scale solar projects being built by startup BrightSource Energy in California’s Mojave Desert.

EU plan to phase out ‘conventionally fueled’ cars by 2050

via GizMap | Tue April 12, 2011
The European Commission has released a white paper detailing ambitious plans to transform Europe's transport infrastructure by 2050.

Senate rejects measure to stop EPA on climate

via Reuters | Fri April 08, 2011
The Senate rejected a measure on Wednesday to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, handing President Barack Obama a victory in his effort to quicken the move to clean energy.

GE To Build Largest Solar Factory In The U.S.

via Forbes | Thu April 07, 2011
GE announced Thursday that it’s planning to go big in solar panel manufacturing and will build the largest solar panel factory in the U.S., with an annual capacity of 400 megawatts of production of thin-film solar when it is up and running in 2013.

Giant Indonesian palm oil company announces plan to halt forest destruction

via Dominican Today | Wed March 23, 2011
Responding to news today that the palm oil arm of Sinar Mas, Golden Agri-Resources, has announced a plan to halt the destruction of Indonesia’s forests previously caused by their operations.

PUMA goes carbon neutral by protecting lions in Kenya

via Mongabay | Wed March 23, 2011
PUMA, the sporting goods brand, and its parent company PPR will offset their 2010 carbon dioxide emissions by purchasing carbon credits generated through conservation of wildlife habitat in Kenya.

Harrison Ford Lends Support to Eco-Friendly Video Game

via AOL News | Fri March 11, 2011
Video games aren't the greenest activity out there. Often held up as the epitome of sloth, they have a way of sucking power without producing anything, encouraging sedentary activity and drawing us out of our real lives to boot. Problem is, they're really fun. That's why Talkie, a game designer based in Los Angeles, is making a new social game, akin to Zynga's "FarmVille" or "CityVille," that they hope will encourage their players to get out of their chairs and have a positive impact on their environments. They're just one of scores of designers hoping to harness the addictive power of video games toward social good.

Flying less is more, say businesses

via World Wildlife Fund | Fri March 04, 2011
New research published today by WWF suggests that, following the recession, businesses are making a permanent commitment to fly less.

New study says world can be completely powered by clean energy in 20-40 years

via Cnet | Fri January 28, 2011
Scientists from Stanford University and the University of California at Davis have crunched the numbers and come up with a plan for how the world might economically and feasibly make the move to renewable energy in the next 20 to 40 years.

Obama sets 2035 clean electricity target

via Reuters | Fri January 28, 2011
U.S. President Barack Obama set a target for power plants to produce mostly clean electricity by 2035 -- including power from sources like clean coal and natural gas -- in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Algeria plans rapid green energy ramp-up

via Environmental Expert | Thu January 20, 2011
Algeria is aiming to generate 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, energy minister Youcef Yousfi has announced.

EPA to Propose Carbon Dioxide Emission Limits for Power Plants, Refineries

via Bloomberg | Fri December 24, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under fire from lawmakers trying to stop greenhouse-gas rules set to start next month, said it will issue a second wave of carbon-emissions regulations by July.

Wind Turbines on Farmland May Benefit Crops

via US News and World Report | Mon December 20, 2010
Wind turbines in Midwestern farm fields may be doing more than churning out electricity. The giant turbine blades that generate renewable energy might also help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and dryer, help them fend off fungal infestations and improve their ability to extract growth-enhancing carbon dioxide [CO2] from the air and soil.

California says yes to molten solar

via Cnet | Fri December 17, 2010
The California Energy Commission has approved a permit for SolarReserve to build a 150-megawatt solar plant that uses molten salt to store energy, the company announced Wednesday.

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