10 Amazing 'Living' Green Roofs - Design. Terrified by peak oil, FedEx turns to biofuels, efficiency. Bay Daily: Windmills Generating Lots of Talk in Virginia. There’s continued talk about building a wind farm off Virginia’s coast to generate electrical power. This week, the Virginia Offshore Wind Conference brought together lots of key players to further debate the pros and cons in Virginia Beach. Tell world leaders: Tax banks, tackle climate change! Normally when we write, we are writing about big things.
Getting our atmosphere back into a safe place below 350 ppm is a big task. We are up against a problem of unprecedented scale, the size of our entire planet. Ethanol Subsidies: Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Thune Propose Immediate End To Ethanol Tax Credit. WASHINGTON — Two senators from ethanol-producing states proposed Thursday to immediately end a tax credit for the corn-based fuel and agreeing to support shifting some of that money to debt reduction. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and John Thune, R-S.D., along with ethanol opponent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., have proposed diverting $1.3 billion of the money remaining for the tax break this year to pay for debt reduction. And $668 million will be used for incentives for the ethanol and biofuels industries.
If accepted by the House and the Obama administration, the compromise could provide a quick path to end the ethanol credit as part of budget negotiations between Congress and the White House. The White House signaled support for the deal. The ethanol industry once enjoyed strong support from Congress, but it has suffered as lawmakers have looked for ways to cut budgets and have started to question why the industry still needs government help after three decades of production. Why Feed-in Tariffs are an Important Climate Solution: They 'Empower People' By Stephen Lacey on June 3, 2011 at 9:40 am "Why Feed-in Tariffs are an Important Climate Solution: They ‘Empower People’" Most readers probably know about Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) by now.
While not popular in the U.S., the policy has gained traction in more than 50 countries. Rate design, not generation source, drives power prices in Europe. By Climate Guest Contributor "Rate design, not generation source, drives power prices in Europe" And U.S. electricity prices are relatively low Richard W.
Bill Clinton on Green Jobs: "It's Still the Economy Stupid" By Energy Interns on June 23, 2011 at 9:02 am "Bill Clinton on Green Jobs: “It’s Still the Economy Stupid”" by Raj Salhotra While President Obama gets hammered by Republicans for his economic policies and criticized by environmental groups for not doing enough to address climate change, former President Clinton weighed in recently on the intersection of both topics: Green jobs.
Clinton wrote an article for Newsweek in which he laid out 14 steps to put Americans back to work. Six of these steps were in some way related to clean energy. Home Depot's latest small wind deal. Home Depot will begin to offer small wind turbines and installation services from Southwest Windpower, both companies announced today.
Southwest Windpower makes a small wind turbine called the Skystream 3.7 Personal Wind Turbine. The turbine is rated at 2.4 kilowatts and produces about 400 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month when operating at a minimal wind speed of 12 miles per hour, according to the turbine manufacturer. Scientist Beloved by Climate Deniers Pulls Rug Out from Their Argument - Environment. Today, there was a climate science hearing in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Top 5 Coolest Ways Companies are Integrating Renewable Energy into the Grid. By Stephen Lacey "Top 5 Coolest Ways Companies are Integrating Renewable Energy into the Grid" The top five ways companies are integrating renewables into the grid are:
To Help Companies Curb Their Environmental Impact, Enablon Raises $15 Million. A French software company with U.S. headquarters in Chicago, Enablon, has raised a series A round of $15 million from the Environmental Technology Fund (ETF) in the U.K.
Enablon’s enterprise software helps companies understand how much water, energy, chemicals and other resources they use, and how much they waste or pollute so that ultimately they can defray costs— financial and otherwise— associated with their environmental footprint. In April, Enablon gained accreditation from the Carbon Disclosure Project, an independent not-for-profit organization that collects climate change data from thousands of companies. CDP maintains a comprehensive database of corporate greenhouse gas emissions and climate change information, and helps governments and corporations understand the risks of greenhouse gas emissions. According to a CDP report earlier this month: Why the EPA Wants You to Design America's Next Top Environmental App.
The Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment.
The Best Apps for the Environment: Bringing EPA Data to the Masses - Kaid Benfield - Life. From Light Bulb Finder to EarthFriend, the best of the entries submitted to a contest organized by the Environmental Protection Agency The federal Environmental Protection Agency has announced winners of a contest to create the best "Apps for the Environment.
" GE, others invest in wastewater bioreactor. General Electric, NRG Energy, and ConocoPhillips, through their joint venture firm, have invested in a new kind of wastewater treatment technology. They're backing Israel-based Emefcy, developer of the Megawatter System, which uses bacteria to turn a regular wastewater treatment plant into an electricity-producing bioreactor that produces both clean water and electricity. The electrogenic bioreactor draws on organic matter in the wastewater to supply microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Earth to Congress: Clean Energy Could Be a Booming Business By 2030 - Environment. Can Wind Generate Electricity at $0.04 per Kilowatt-Hour? Richard A. Muller: The Case Against Global-Warming Skepticism. Are you a global warming skeptic? The scientific finding that settles the climate-change debate. “Global warming is real,” Muller wrote last week in The Wall Street Journal.
Global Investors Managing $20T in Assets Urge Climate Action. It will require $500 billion a year in clean energy investment to keep climate change from increasing global temperatures by two degrees Celsius. If global warming increases by that amount, not only will some of the impacts become irreversible, climate scientists have been warning for years; in fact, impacts such as extreme weather events will multiply.