Monthly Archives: March 2012

Solar Costs Plummeting, North Carolina and Elsewhere

The cost of solar power in North Carolina is falling steeply, a state trade group reported, providing the first real evidence of a trend that is likely occurring in other states that are harnessing the power of the sun, reports … Continue reading

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Warmer Winters from Climate Change Mean More Agricultural Pests

Although the mild winter gave many Northern US farmers a welcome chance to catch up on maintenance, it also allowed many pests that would normally freeze, to survive, reports Stephen Singer at the Associated Press. Winters are usually what one … Continue reading

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Japan Progresses Towards Replacing Nuclear with Clean Renewable Energy

The nuclear disasters created by earthquake and tsunami a year ago pushed Softbank corporate executive Masayoshi Son to finance a foundation to pursue replacing nuclear power with renewable clean energy, reported Sarah Berlow at the Wall Street Journal.  “The successful … Continue reading

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Need to Transfer to Clean Energy ASAP – Ex Microsoft Exec

Nathan Myrvold, former Microsoft exec, kajillionaire, and all-round polymath genius type, used to worry that environmental activists might actually inspire a dramatic transfer to clean energy. Now, having crunched the numbers himself, he promotes it vigorously, reports David Roberts at … Continue reading

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First Climate Change Induced Relocation of Sinking Island Nation

The Pacific nation of Kiribati is negotiating to buy land in Fiji so it can move islanders under threat from rising sea levels, in what could be the first climate-induced relocation of a country, reports Paul Chapman at the Sydney … Continue reading

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New Liquid Battery Will Boost Clean Energy

Massachussetts Institute of Technology Engineering professor Donald Sadoway recently gave a Technology, Entertainment and Design, or TED talk, about a liquid battery that could one day cut the need for new power plants, reports Agence France Presse. TED talks present … Continue reading

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Climate Change Will Impact Hydropower in California, Northwest

In Washington, Oregon, and particularly California, far less snow and rain has fallen this winter than usual and it has many people worried about water supplies further into spring and summer, when  river levels are forecast to be well below … Continue reading

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Fossil Fuels Causing Fastest Ocean Acidification in 300 Million Years

The world’s oceans are turning acidic much faster than any time in the past 300 million years, even more rapidly than during a monster emission of planet-warming carbon 56 million years ago. That emission caused a 5,000 year hot spell, … Continue reading

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Obama Seeks End to Oil and Gas Subsidies

As Americans pay more at the gas pump, President Obama asked Congress recently to end the $4 billion subsidy to oil and gas companies, reports Helene Cooper and Jonathan Weisman at the New York Times. Obama vowed to tackle long-term … Continue reading

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Representatives Urge UK Become Lead Exporter of Wave, Tidal Power

A recent report from Britain’s Parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee calls on government to increase its support for wave and tidal power, and establish long term goals for marine energy, reports the Guardian. Not to do so risks repeating … Continue reading

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