Day: June 6, 2006

Climate change: All in the game

Read the full story by Thomas Pfeiffer and Martin A. Nowak at (Nature 441, 583-584 (1 June 2006))

It is in the public interest to keep Earth’s climate on an even keel — the public, in this case, being all the world’s population. Are you prepared to stake your own reputation on helping to improve matters?

Climate Change: The Arctic tells its story

Read the full story by Heather Stoll at (Nature 441, 579-581 (1 June 2006))

The Arctic is one of the sensitive pressure points for Earth’s climate. A new sediment core reveals much more about the region’s role in a long-term transition from ‘greenhouse’ to ‘icehouse’ conditions.

Field Trials of Ethanol-Powered Vehicles Go Worldwide

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Scania, manufacturer of ethanol-powered commercial vehicles, is supplying the city buses for use in the BEST (BioEthanol for Sustainable Transport) consortium’s initial field trials of ‘ethanol as a vehicle fuel’ to take place in La Spezia, a coastal city in northwestern Italy.

Progress Continues in Using Bacteria to Generate Power

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Research being presented this week at the 106th General Meeting of the (ASM) American Society for Microbiology in Orlando, Florida, furthers promising research into bacteria being used to create electricity, produce alternative fuels like ethanol and even boost the output of existing oil wells.

New York Farmers Applaud Biofuels Bill

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New York Farm Bureau said that the finalization of the Bio-Fuels Production Tax Credit and a recently announced $20 million state funding proposal for cellulosic ethanol will position New York as a national leader in biofuel production.

Cincinnati Powers Up Two Buildings with Solar Electricity

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Two new structures in Cincinnati now display prominent elements of “green” buildings with completed solar electric installations by Dovetail Solar & Wind. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Melink Corporation headquarters both stand to benefit from saving energy and cutting costs, as well as doing their part in reducing GHG emissions.

Senator Clinton Calls for Investing in Renewable Energy

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Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has taken a stand by introducing legislation to create a “Strategic Energy Fund” to help pay for the clean energy transition. It would raise more than $50 billion to fund research, development and deployment of energy technologies that will reduce America’s oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions.

A Misguided Canada

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The Harper government’s latest plans to cut energy efficiency and renewable energy programs will set Canada back a decade in its efforts to reduce energy costs for homeowners and curb the environmental impacts of high energy use.

Port of Vancouver USA Adopts B20 Biodiesel

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The Port of Vancouver USA will use a combination of 20 percent biodiesel blended with 80 percent regular diesel (B20), resulting in a 20 percent reduction of emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is one of the first ports in the nation to implement a program for compliance to the state law passed last April that requires all state agencies to use a minimum of 20 percent biodiesel for state fleet vehicles by 2009.

MIT Sheds New Light on Old Solar PV Approach

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are trying to unleash the promise of an old idea by converting light into electricity more efficiently than ever before. The research is applying new materials, new technologies and new ideas to radically improve an old concept — thermophotovoltaic (TPV) conversion of light into electricity.

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