Archive | July, 2013

Nature’s Fortune: Start Investing in Nature

We know that it’s wise to take care of Mother Nature, and not just because it’s not nice to do otherwise. From a business standpoint it’s even wiser to invest in nature. In his new book, Nature’s Fortune, Mark R. Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, makes a strong and impassioned case that […]

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My energy-rich move across America

Someone once said that the journey is more important than the destination. Given the amount of energy global society consumes each day simply moving people and things from one place to another, we can conclude that this shibboleth has taken hold, but not quite in the way we had expected. My journey–a relocation, actually–across America […]

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Energy and Climate Change:

A Two-Way Street We have long been bombarded with stories about how our use of energy is affecting our environment and our climate.  The biggest concern has been that the carbon dioxide emissions from power production can lead to global warming, but particulate emissions may also have environmental and climate-related effects.   Now, we are […]

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Bacteriorhodopsin in Salt Flats Produce Hydrogen Fuel

Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory have discovered that microorganisms that live in desert salt flats are using sunlight to produce hydrogen. And if coaxed, these bacteriorhodopsin that live in the hottest areas of California and Nevada, could be persuaded to produce large amounts of hydrogen fuel. According to Argonne, “Argonne nanoscientist Elena Rozhkova and […]

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Top Gainers and Outlook: Solar, Energy Efficiency Stocks

Alternative energy stocks are up over 30% on average for the year, reflecting impressive gains off of widely oversold lows in 2012. Almost three-quarters of stocks have been gainers, and two-thirds have seen double-digit price growth in the past 12 months. Solar and energy efficiency stocks in particular have done extremely well, both up over […]

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New York City a floodplain by 2050? Believe it

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent warning and major initiative about the impact of climate change on the city might seem like something out of a science fiction novel, maybe Flood by Stephen Baxter. But it’s not SF. Major portions of the city could be underwater sooner than you think if actions are not […]

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Roof-top Solar Panels – Who Pays? Who Saves?

Roof-top solar panels are all the rage these days. There is a general impression that they are helping us move away from a dependence upon coal and natural gas to generate electricity. While the introduction of solar power does reduce the amount of coal and natural gas used it is not reliable enough to allow […]

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