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SHFT Sampler 7-15-10

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From a next-gen EV charger to the top eco-volunteer vacations, here are your weekly links from around the web.

Plug and play: The Yves Behar-designed GE WattStation will juice up electric vehicles and spruce up the streets. Oh, the humanity! When Humans Ruled the Earth explores the human consumption machine in animated form. An efficient water solution in the rural West: Farmers and ranchers are replacing windmills with solar power wells. Want to take an exotic holiday AND help the environment? Try one......read more

Central America's Geothermal Potential

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Region beginning to tap seismic volatility for electricity needs.

The entire length of Central America is dotted with active volcanoes, a geographic fact that can have disastrous consequences for people in the region. But it also presents a positive opportunity, in the form of geothermal energy potential. And it's beginning to be realized. Geothermal power plants harness energy from water that is heated by molten rock beneath the volcanos. A reliable......read more

Dan Holdsworth: Geothermal Power Plant

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Otherworldly photos of an Icelandic geothermal plant.

Geothermal power is like the neglected stepchild of renewable energy, seemingly always left in the shadows while the press (ourselves included) spouts off on the latest solar and wind projects. With these awe-striking images of a geothermal plant in Iceland, from London photographer Dan Holdsworth, we hope to give some shine to renewable energy's forgotten form. Like all of Holdsworth's......read more

SHFT Sampler 3-25-11

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Coal kills, Earth Hour cools off, and more.

Don't Believe the Hype: In spite of common opinion, nuclear energy is not the most dangerous source of power. Not even close. Using these stats, author/thinker Seth Godin offers up a simple graphic showing that coal is by far the deadliest energy source per terawatt-hour of power produced. "For every person killed by nuclear power generation, 4,000 die due to coal." Whoa. (via GOOD) Good Green......read more

Clearview Residence by Altius Architecture

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Sustainable technologies feature prominently in this beautiful rural home

Designed for a local artist, this stunning rural home from Toronto-based studio Altius Architecture near Collingwood, Ontario communicates beautifully with the natural surroundings, with dark-framed glass walls and vertical windows that flood the interiors with natural light. Completed last year, the Clearview Residence features a broad selection of sustainable......read more

Renewable Energy Report Card

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Mitchell Flexo on the relative pros and cons of clean energy sources

After our look at the major fossil fuels -- coal, oil, nuclear, and natural gas, which account for close to 90% of American energy production -- we know the pros and cons of each source of dirty energy. Now let's take a look at some renewable energy sources and see how they grade out. These sources account for about 10% of our energy production. HydroelectricityHydro is considered to be a......read more

Renewable Energy Booming in Several States

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New figures from the Energy Information Administration show clean energy growth over the last decade

With fossil fuels meeting the vast majority of America's energy needs, our clean energy future is a long ways off. But in the last decade, renewable power use has taken off, with some states now meeting over 20 percent of their energy needs from wind, solar, biomass and other alternative fuels. At Co.Exist, Ben Schiller points to new data from the Energy Information Administration that shows the......read more

4 Reasons to Get Excited About Alternative Energy

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Ethical Ocean lays out the latest developments in renewable power

We looked at the relative pros and cons of the various renewable energy sources a couple months ago. Now one of our favorite environmental nonprofits has laid out four reasons to get excited about developments in clean tech. In the Ethical Ocean article, Lena Lam espouses on the huge potential of green power: Algae fuel
 Biofuel created from algae – yes, pond scum – may soon be......read more

Life After Fossil Fuels

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In this week's NYT Sunday Review, Elizabeth Rosenthal asks to what extent do we "need" oil and gas?

As renewable energy costs continue to plummet and buildings and machines become more and more efficient, the argument that we "need" to keep investing in fossil fuels seems weaker than ever. Countries that a couple decades ago ran on a fuel mix like America's are successfully weaning themselves off of oil and gas. According to the International Energy Agency, thirteen countries got more than 30......read more

Renewable Fuel From Geothermal

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Icelandic company creates methanol by capturing carbon dioxide from a geothermal power plant

In Iceland, volcanic activity powers the island nation's geothermal energy industry. Now it's also helping to create renewable fuel. Rekyavik-based Carbon Recycling International (CRI) produces liquid methanol by capturing and recycling carbon dioxide from a geothermal power plant on the the southwest part of the country. The first commercial shipment of the fuel, sold under the Vulcanol brand......read more

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