Monthly Archives: December 2011

Climate Change Causing More NY Flooding – Study

Severe storm flooding struck New York state’s Mohawk Valley on multiple occasions this year, while access to its reservoir already is being fought over by competing users, reports Brian Ackerman at the Utica Observer-Dispatch.  Flooding and water-supply issues are expected … Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency Brings Less Power, More Profit to Missouri Utility

Kansas City Power & Light, in a historic shift for the utility, filed plans recently with Missouri regulators to sell less electricity, reports Steve Everly at the Kansas City Star. The company, like other utilities in the region, has depended … Continue reading

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California, Hawaii Paving Way for Rooftop Solar Projects

Prompted by pressure from clean energy advocates, Hawaii and California are quietly working to remove a regulation that makes it difficult to install residential clean energy installations, once the total amount of such home generated power  in a locality exceeds … Continue reading

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Climate Change Cutting Down White Christmas

There was time when dreaming of a white Canadian Christmas would almost always be a dream come true, reports the Canadian Press at Global News. Indeed, the name Canada derives from Latin meaning “white”, referring to Canada’s historically snowy condition. … Continue reading

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Former US Secretary Tim Wirth Proposes Ambitious Clean Energy Agenda

Tim Wirth, a former US senator and Clinton era under-secretary of state, blamed the Obama administration for an ineffective climate change policy, Lisa Friedman of Energy and Environment news reported recently. Obama has to explain just how serious it is … Continue reading

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Breakthroughs Creating Hyper-Efficient, Cheap Solar Power

Chemistry professor Xiaoyang Zhu and his team at the University of Texas discovered that using an organic plastic semiconductor in  photovoltaic solar cells can double their efficiency, thus providing loads more electrical power far more cheaply. Dean Kuipers at the … Continue reading

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Even 2-Degree Celsius Warming Could Be Catastrophic, Say Scientists

Levels of warming previously thought to be safe may instead trigger widespread melting of the world’s ice sheets and other catastrophic impacts, scientists said recently at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting, reports Douglas Fischer at the Daily Climate. “There’s … Continue reading

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