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Technological Breakthroughs vs. A Carbon Diet

Technological Breakthroughs vs. A Carbon Diet

Over the weekend, The New Republic published an interview with President Obama, where he noted the following: “On climate change, it’s a daunting task. But we know what releases carbon into the atmosphere, and we have tools right now that would start scaling that back, although we’d still need some big technological breakthrough.”  How accurate

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Why Black Carbon is So Important

Drastically cutting black carbon, otherwise known as everyday soot, just became even more important. Black carbon is second only to carbon dioxide in causing global warming and its influence on climate is double that previously thought. In the first comprehensive analysis of black carbon’s role in climate change, a four-year international study finds that black carbon produces

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The Climate Conundrum

The theory of global warming is solid, staid and uncontroversial. All things considered, if we double the concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere, temperatures should increase by 1.1C over what they otherwise would have been. The theory of atmospheric sensitivity is a different story. The political controversy that has raged since 1988 centers on the

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Hurricane Sandy and Climate Adaptability

The immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is affording little time to think about the big picture. With neighborhoods underwater, toppled trees lining the streets, the stock exchange locked, and the dependable New York public transportation closed indefinitely; most people don’t have time to worry about the lasting impacts of this storm. But when the worst

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Fastest Supercomputer in the World to Tackle Climate Change

Climate change research is getting a huge boost from one of the world’s fastest supercomputers and a new world-class center dedicated to advancing the state of weather and climate science. US scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are now using “Yellowstone” – it can crunch numbers 30 times faster, allowing them to run much more complex experiments and create much

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The Future of Eco Building Materials

Designing and building an eco house, or renovating your property to make it more energy efficient is a great way to cut down on bills, and not to mention great fun! More and more people are looking to build their own property today, and the number renovating in an effort to save in the long term is

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China/EU Battle Carbon Emissions

One of the world’s largest economic powerhouses has reportedly struck a deal with the European Union to cut greenhouses gases. According to Reuters, the European Commission has announced that China will partner with the EU to develop initiatives like Chinese emissions trading schemes. China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. The EU and

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Only in China: The Umet Wooden Electric Car

One of the world’s first all-wooden cars has made its debut at the China Eurasia Expo. Dubbed the Umut, this 4 metre long, 7-seater car is composed completely of wood, made entirely by hand, and is powered by an electric motor. With an expected top speed is 60km/h, it can last about 2.5 hours or

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Clean Energy Onsets vs. Carbon Offsets

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work in Western Kenya for the summer. That summer gave me a new life perspective in many ways, but one way that it continues to influence me is in how I think about carbon offsets. Deforestation is a major issue in Kakamega, Kenya and the NGO

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In Focus: On-Bill Repayment (OBR)

Earlier this year, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) issued a decision requiring the state’s investor-owned utilities to establish several financing programs, including an On-Bill Repayment (“OBR”) program for commercial properties. OBR programs allow property owners to finance energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects with third-party banks or other investors. Property owners repay their loan

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In Focus: Electric Vehicle Myths

What, with soaring gas prices and enhanced environmental awareness these days, electric cars have generated quite a bit of excitement and attention since General Motors’ modern day model premiered at the 1990 Los Angeles Auto Show. While the concept is as old as cars themselves (Robert Anderson, a Scottish inventor in the 1800s, created an

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Paul Ryan on the Environment

Over the weekend, presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. In naming the Tea Party darling as his Vice-Presidential candidate, Romney hopes to spark conservative enthusiasm from the hardline segment of the GOP base. Romney’s choice will also highlight the stark differences between the Republicans and the

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Thanks Clean Energy! U.S Power Plant Emissions Down

An analysis of 2010 emissions data from the top 100 US power producers illustrates the positive impact of the industry’s ongoing transition to natural gas and renewable energy sources. Although carbon dioxide power plant emissions rose 24% are up over the benchmark year (1990), they were off 4% from 2008-2010, and preliminary data suggests they

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Energy Efficiency: Is It The Real Deal?

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), peak electric loads in the U.S. are 20,800 MW lower than they would be without utility energy efficiency programs[1].  If it is correct it represents perhaps 100 power plants that did not need built that would have otherwise been required.  Similarly, the EIA data shows that electric usage

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