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Climate Legislation: Seizing the Chance

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Why diluting the climate bill is a bad idea.

It is undeniable that we need a climate bill to address the emissions that are causing global climate change. What is not so clear, however, is how to go about writing a law that is middle-ground enough to have a possibility of being passed -- without compromising its purpose. Thanks in large part to the Gulf oil spill, Obama currently has a wonderful opportunity to push for a hard-line......read more

Cool Roofs

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White roofs touted as an easy way cool off energy use and emissions.

The global fight against climate change is an overwhelming challenge, so it makes sense to start pick the lowest hangng fruit first. While the slow wheels of politics and legislation creep forward, we can do the simple things that make a difference today. A new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that using roofs that are white or light instead of black or dark significantly......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-28-10

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Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

A wind power mega-project -- the largest in the country -- breaks ground in the Mojave Desert. The VeGZAtarian: Eater interviews Wu Tang's lyrical genius and resident raw food guru. In Fast Company, a great slideshow of EV chargers of the future may have been published just a little too soon. The small print: At a mere 220 square feet, the L41 is a subcompact home with a tiny footprint. ......read more

The Future of Flying

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SUGAR Volt aircraft concept from Boeing burns 70% less fuel.

Inhabitat reports that Boeing has released its SUGAR Volt commercial airplane concept, and the aircraft is something to behold. Relying on an electric battery gas turbine hybrid propulsion system, the SUGAR Volt reduces overall fuel usage by up to 70%. This technology not only makes the aircraft much more effecient, but also shortens the takeoff of the flight and drastically reduces noise......read more

Rising Tide

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World's largest tidal power turbine unveiled in Scotland.

As a potential clean energy source, tidal power is as alluring as it is elusive. The consistent daily flux of the tides presents attractive possibilities for the production of reliable, sustainable power, but the hurdles posed by deploying large turbines in the sea are more than a little significant. Still, tidal energy projects, particularly in Europe, are attracting plenty of capital......read more

Booze Power

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Whiskey-derived biofuel unveiled by Scottish scientists.

Looks like Scottish scientists have given whiskey lovers another good reason to enjoy a few fingers of scotch. Last week, researchers at Edinburgh Napier University unveiled a new biofuel made from byproducts of the whiskey distillation process. The biofuel, they say, can power regular vehicles without any special engine adaptations. There is a cruel irony associated with most biofuels -- while......read more

California's Energy Storage Bill

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Nation's first energy storage bill passed by the California Legislature.

The California Legislature has passed the nation's first energy storage bill, an important step in spurring the development of renewable energy projects. Energy storage is considered vital for renewable energy development because of the intermittant nature of wind and solar power. It allows utility companies to store renewable energy then utilize it later when demand is high. For example,......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-2-10

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Weekly links: Seafood's dirty dozen, Banksy on BP, and 7 ways to recycle denim.

Pier Pressure: From The World's Best Ever, British art prankster Banksy makes a sly comment on the BP oil spill with this “reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and a tuna net.” The Dirty Dozen: Mother Jones hips us to the 12 least sustainable seafoods from this year's Smart Seafood Guide, published by Food & Water Watch. The guide takes into account not only health and......read more

Wave Energy Breaks in the UK

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New facility will be world's largest wave power operation.

According to Inhabitat, a new renewable energy project in the UK is set to become the country's first offshore facility that will channel wave energy into usable electricity. Dubbed the Wave Hub, the facility is located off the northern coast of Cornwall. Sitting on the sea floor, the Wave Hub essentially acts as a socket into which wave energy converters are plugged. It then transmits......read more

California to Revisit Bioenergy

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Trash-to-energy projects gain support on the West Coast.

Twenty years ago, California had the world's most advanced biorefinery. The Long Beach facility churned out more megawatts than any other on the planet. Not so today. The technology has fallen well behind the global standard. A biorefinery is essentially a plant that turns trash into energy. At a bioenergy plant, garbage gets incinerated, creating steam that powers turbines and makes......read more

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