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On the Ball: Obscure football edition

Ball-kickers power stadiums with renewables

And you thought by "football" in my title I meant football? Pssh. I do love me some obscure European soccer news. So with no further ado: Scottish soccer team powers its stadium floodlights with wind power! Swiss soccer team has the world's largest stadium-integrated photovoltaic system on the roof of the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Bern! Heh heh. Wankdorf.

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Talkin'

Latest round of UN climate talks focuses on energy investment

Just how excited can one get by the latest round of international talks on climate change? This one is focused on business, specifically energy investment: A new report by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change says additional investments of about $210 billion a year will be needed - mostly in the developing world - to maintain greenhouse gas emissions at their current levels until 2030. "If the funding available ... remains at its current level and continues to rely mainly on voluntary contributions, it will not be sufficient," the report warns. If you weren't aware.

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Move Your Bloomin’ Ash

Curbing air pollution from coal plants can lead to more ash in landfills The growing pressure to clean up emissions from coal-fired power plants is good for air quality, but it's got a sooty lining: pollution capture could end up filling landfills with millions more tons of toxic ash. More than one-third of the ash currently generated by coal plants is recycled for other uses, but the chemicals commonly used to capture pollutants out of coal-plant emissions change the composition of ash, often making it unusable. To the landfill it goes; the U.S. EPA does not classify coal ash as …

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Radioactive Flyer

International safeguards for nuclear materials are flawed, says report As nuclear energy enjoys a renaissance as a touted climate-change fix, a new report identifies significant flaws in the international safeguards meant to keep nuclear materials in reactors (as opposed to, say, the hands of illegal bomb makers). A two-year study by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center concludes that the International Atomic Energy Agency is ill-funded for its important task of supervising a rapidly increasing volume of nuclear material that could potentially be used for weapons. In addition, says NPEC, the IAEA overestimates the necessary amount of nuclear material to make …

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Dust to dumb

Prius easily beats Hummer in lifecycle energy use; ‘Dust to Dust’ report has no basis in fact

A study came out recently claiming to prove a Hummer has lower lifecycle energy use than a Prius. Because the result was so obviously bogus -- and in sharp contradiction with every other major lifecycle analysis ever done -- I didn't spend time debunking it. But it made it into the comments of my blog and continues to echo around the internet, and the authors keep updating and defending it. A couple of good debunking studies -- by the Pacific Institute (PDF) and by Rocky Mountain Institute (PDF) -- haven't gotten much attention, according to Technorati, so let me throw …

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More ammo against skeptics

If our How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic series doesn't fully scratch your skepticism itch, check out Skeptical Science, a well-organized site devoted to tracking climate skeptic arguments and rebutting them.

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U.N.-initiated climate-change meeting kicks off

Some one thousand representatives of government, industry, and research institutions from more than 150 countries came together in Vienna today to kick off a United Nations-initiated week-long hobnob on WTF Should We Do About Climate Change. We're betting relatively little of substance will come out of it, but check in for updates as the week progresses.

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CTL rulez!

United Mine Workers of America provides fodder for time-capsule editorial on liquid coal

This editorial in the Niagara Gazette is from 2007, not 1977. Honest. Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, quickly cut to the chase on this matter by labeling CTL as a legitimate and real answer to resolving numerous worrisome issues on the table for our country. Energy independence, national security, the trade deficit and economy all stand to benefit greatly from the expansion of CTL technology. In West Virginia, thousands of jobs with good wages and benefits are in the balance. Should be a no-brainer for Congress, right? Wrong, at least so far. Environmental concerns, aimed …

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Sustainable math in East Asia

East Asian countries could save money shifting to renewables, but aren’t gonna

According to Greenpeace International, East Asian countries can save about $2 trillion in fuel costs over the next 23 years by shifting to renewable energy (abandoning plans for both coal and nuclear plants). Said dazzlingly monickered Greenpeace campaign coordinator Athena Ballasteros ... ... investment costs for new power plants in East Asia projected by the International Energy Agency (IEA) would total 490 billion dollars between 2004 and 2030. Under Greepeace's scenario, investment costs on renewable energy would amount to 556 billion dollars over the same time frame. However, fuel costs in the IEA projections would cost 6.3 trillion dollars over …