Archive | April, 2011

Pacific Northwest to Become First Coal-Free Region in US

TransAlta, the last operating coal-fired plant in the Pacific Northwest, is shutting down, but not until 2025 under an agreement between Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, TransAlta, state regulators and environmental groups. On April 29, Gov. Gregoire signed legislation to systematically end coal-burning in the state. The deal is a phased closure of the controversial 1,600-megawatt […]

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Wave Disk Generator Hybrid Car Engine May Revolutionize Industry

Researchers at Michigan State University are giving Motor City executives something to squawk about, a new wave disk generator for hybrid cars that is twice as efficient as a traditional gasoline-powered engine. According to Discovery News, “…researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel […]

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F-Cell World Drive Starts Heading Home

On January 10, 2011 I had talked about the F-Cell World Drive circling the globe in 125 days. The purpose of this 4 continent tour (Europe, America, Australia and Asia) was to show off the capabilities of the Mercedes B-Class F-Cell automobile plus discover interesting green subjects that need reporting along the way. According to […]

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The Road to Fukushima: The Nuclear Industry’s Wrong Turn

Imagine a nuclear reactor that runs on fuel that could power civilization for millennia; cannot melt down; resists weapons proliferation; can be built on a relatively small parcel of land; and produces little hazardous waste. It sounds like a good idea, and it was a well-tested reality in 1970 when it was abandoned for the […]

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Bio-Fuels Really Means More Green House Gases

A study that was put out just the other day mentions that there are 702 million hectares of land available for growing bio-fuels on the earth. In a completely different study it was found that plowing fields for producing crops would emit enormous levels of soil carbons. The primary soil carbon released is called nitrous […]

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Will shale gas turn out to be an energy sink?

If you externalize the costs of a business activity, it means other people pay the costs–environmental, social and otherwise–and you get the profits. It goes on all the time in extractive industries such as oil and natural gas and mining. And, it is also a natural strategy for manufacturers who dump their pollution into the […]

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Sustainable Sustainability Standards

Sustainability is a big corporate buzzword lately but choosing the right set of sustainability standards is getting somewhat complicated. There are a variety of options available for companies seeking international responsibility codes and standards to guide their reporting and well, to brag about in CSRs. Since 2000 the United Nations Global Compact has been a […]

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