Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Clean Power Startups Challenge Utility Giants

A small band of upstarts is quietly trying to innovate their way into a 100-year-old energy market dominated by utilities and fossil fuels. In Georgia, a tiny consultancy aims to break the conventional mold of electricity generation and become the … Continue reading

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Marine Heat Wave Hits West Australian Fisheries

The ocean temperature off the west coast of Australia has risen by 10 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s killing off large numbers of valuable seafood stocks reports Babs Mchugh at Australian ABC News. This extreme marine heatwave started a year ago, … Continue reading

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Understanding Tree Death, As Forests Die

Beetles are eating the boreal forests of Canada and Russia. Drought-tolerant pines are disappearing in Greece. Wet and dry tropical forests in Asia are collapsing. Australian eucalyptus forests are burning. The Amazon basin has been hit by two severe droughts. … Continue reading

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Solar Cell Decals Are the Next Hot Items

A decal-like application process allows thin, flexible solar panels to be applied to virtually any surface from business cards to roofs to window panes, reports Glen Martin at Stanford Engineering. Up til now, solar cells have frustrated scientists in one … Continue reading

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West Antarctic Heating Up Far Faster Than Thought

Temperatures in West Antarctica have increased over 4°F over the past 50 years or so, says a new study published in Nature Geoscience, reports Michael Lemonick at Climate Central. This is far more than scientists have thought, and close to … Continue reading

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Climate Change Death Toll Mostly in 10 Developing Countries

Global climate change and pollution from using fossil fuels killed nearly 5 million people around the world in 2010, according to a report released earlier this year by climate change advocacy group DARA. By 2030, this figure will rise to … Continue reading

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Big Cuts in Fish Quotas Due to Climate Change

With fishery regulators poised to impose devastating cuts on the New England fleet, blame for the disappearance of once-abundant cod and flounder populations is shifting from fishermen to a warming ocean, reports Beth Daley at the Boston Globe. Warming waters … Continue reading

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