Archive for May 14th, 2009

Green Schools Bill to Boost Energy Efficiency, Grow Jobs
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Photo via Greener Energy Ohio

The great “Green Schools Bill” has just passed the House and is now heading to the Senate, NPR reports–and its chances of passing are looking favorable. Which is good news: the bill would not only make thousands of schools more energy efficient and clean up polluted areas surrounding them, but it would create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process. …
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1 GW London Wind Farm On Track Again

1 GW London Wind Farm On Track Again

The planned 1-GW London Array wind farm that, upon completion, will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, is again moving forward after some financial difficulties. The project’s investors began doubting the project and recently asked for a bailout, but it seems investors have now agreed to provide $3 billion in funding for the next phase of the project.

According to one of the investors, E.ON UK, increased support for offshore wind power from the UK government has made the project financially viable once again.

The wind farm will be located in the Thames Estuary and the first 630-MW phase of the project should be up and running for the 2012 Olympics. When the entire wind farm is complete, it will supply power for 750,000 homes and prevent the emission of 1.9 million metric tonnes of CO2 a year.

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Employers, Here’s How You Can Create a Bike-Friendly Office
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Photo: D’Arcy Norman, CC

“How to Keep Cyclists Happy at the Office”
Baltimore Spokes has an interesting piece about things that employers can do to help their employees successfully bike to work. It’s a very important thing. Even if you have nice bike paths and know all the tips about how to ride, you’ll probably be more tempted to give up if your work place is very b…
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Energy Usage Increases Despite Efficiency Efforts
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“Electronic billabong:” power strip supping up electrons. Photo via Flickr: by Stibbons

Electronic equipment, including cell phones, iPods, PCs, videogames, and plasma TVs have increased demand for residential energy use annually by 3.4 percent since 1990, according to the International Energy Agency. This trend leads the IEA to estimate that personal electrical energy usage in homes should triple by 2030 worldwide, hence more carbon emissions from coal and natural gas plants. It noted this trend is undoing efforts toward energy-efficiency. …
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Discovery Communications Founder John Hendricks Elected New Chairman of the National Forest Foundation
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John Hendricks, the NFF’s Chief Kimbell and Secretary Tom Vilsack. Photo courtesy Discovery Communications.

Discovery Communications is loaded with tons of talented, bright minds (wink, wink) so it’s no surprise really that its founding father and chairman, John Hendricks, was recently elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Forest Foundation (NFF).

As if charging up the Discovery empire—the world’s number one non-fiction media company wasn’t impressive enough……
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Phew! West Antarctic Ice Sheet Not Likely to Melt Completely, But Sea Rise Still Significant
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Pathfinder Linden via flickr.

There’s some good news/bad news on the melting Antarctic ice sheets being reported over at New Scientist. Though the West Antarctic ice sheet probably won’t entirely collapse into the ocean all at once (that’s the good news), the parts that are most likely to be released will cause some serious sea level rise:…
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Get Ready for Bike to Work Day (And Then Keep Going)
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Photo: denali2001, CC

There are So Many Reasons to Bike to Work
Bike to Work Day is tomorrow (Q?: How can we make biking to work ‘normal’?), and our friend Chris Baskind over at LighterFootStep wrote many interesting things lately on the how and why of biking (plus tips…
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Get Ready for Bike to Work Day (And Then Keep Going)
girls-on-bicycles-g-photo0301.jpg
Photo: denali2001, CC

There are So Many Reasons to Bike to Work
Bike to Work Day is tomorrow (Q?: How can we make biking to work ‘normal’?), and our friend Chris Baskind over at LighterFootStep wrote many interesting things lately on the how and why of biking (plus tips…
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Calif. utility signs huge solar thermal deal
California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has signed new solar contracts that are expected to produce enough electricity to power about 530,000 homes during peak hours.

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Cool-er e-Reader Is Cheaper, Has More Titles than Kindle
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If you’re looking to save trees by developing a long term relationship with a shiny new e-reader, you might want to move past the Kindle and Sony Reader and peruse other options. The newest to hit the market next month is the Cool-er, which boasts a bigger library, cheaper price, and more colorful selection than the Kindle. …
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Cool-er e-Reader Is Cheaper, Has More Titles than Kindle
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Images via Cool-er

If you’re looking to save trees by developing a long term relationship with a shiny new e-reader, you might want to move past the Kindle and Sony Reader and peruse other options. The newest to hit the market next month is the Cool-er, which boasts a bigger library, cheaper price, and more colorful selection than the Kindle. …
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Cool-er e-Reader Is Cheaper, Has More Titles than Kindle
cool-er e-reader image
Images via Cool-er

If you’re looking to save trees by developing a long term relationship with a shiny new e-reader, you might want to move past the Kindle and Sony Reader and peruse other options. The newest to hit the market next month is the Cool-er, which boasts a bigger library, cheaper price, and more colorful selection than the Kindle. …
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Sea-level rise forecast is scaled back

Sea-level rise forecast is scaled back
A collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would raise sea levels by about 10 feet, not nearly 20 feet as earlier predicted, according to a new study.

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Chicago Becomes First City to Ban Bottles With BPA
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And so the tide continues to turn against Bisphenol A: it’s been declared a health hazard in Canada, seen its baby bottles booted out of US States, and now, Chicago’s kicked it out as well. Chicago has become the first city to officially ban bottles made with BPA plastics, the New York Times reports today. Bottle manufacturers have already been <a href=”http://www.tr…
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