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I wear my solar panels at night

Solar that doesn’t need direct sunlight

Solar that doesn't require direct sunlight: [G24i] uses nano-sized titanium crystals, which turn sunlight into electricity in a process similar to photosynthesis (the method plants use to store the energy from sunlight in sugars). Because G24i's technology is more powerful than other solar cells, it does not need direct sunlight to generate electricity and can work even in rainy Wales. The use of nanotechnology also makes the cells lighter, more powerful and more flexible. Because they aren't made using silicon, which is in high demand, they are also relatively cheap to produce. Traditional solar cells are either mounted on glass …

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Student forced to complete assignment to graduate

Breaking news on Fox

This is one of the most torturous cable TV segments I've ever seen: (via Hugg)

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Well that sucks

Unused mobile power adapters still use energy

As part of an announcement by Nokia regarding new green initiatives and features for future phones, the company revealed a little-known fact about mobile phone adapters: Kirsi Sormunen, Vice-President of Environmental Affairs at Nokia said, "Around two-thirds of the energy used by a mobile phone is lost when it is unplugged after charging but the charger itself is left in a live socket. We want to reduce this waste and are working on reducing to an absolute minimum the amount of energy our chargers use. The new alerts also play an important role, encouraging people to help us in this …

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How to find the capital needed for green public investments

What if city hall had to disclose its assumptions like Wall Street does?

For those unaware, Michigan has been hard hit by the increasingly insistent intrusion of an unpleasant reality (that the era of cheap energy is over). Detroit and Wayne County are especially hard hit, as the economic malady destroying the auto industry hit a city already weakened to the point of collapse by stark racial segregation and disinvestment. What Michigan likes to do is imagine that "big projects" will save it, so it tends to build enormous temples to optimism, much in the same way the pharaohs built the pyramids as monuments to themselves: "I may pass on, but my mighty …

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Amish solar

The Amish dig it

The Amish affinity for solar says something essential about the difference between fossil and renewable fuels. Not quite sure I know how to put it into words, though.

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Yahoo! goes green(er)

More climate-change initiatives from the original web geeks

A few weeks ago I noted that Yahoo! has pledged to go carbon neutral in 2007. Today the company is making some more splashy green announcements. Company co-founder David Filo, along with Global Green and Matt Dillon (?!), will be taking to Times Square later today to announce a series of initiatives around climate change. You can read about the details in this blog post from Filo. The main push is around "Be a Better Planet," a site that will serve as the center of a contest to determine America's greenest city. As part of the announcement, Yahoo! is donating …

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Peak-a-who?

Some guy on CNBC

There's plenty of oil. We're swimming in it! What I don't get is, why does he think production-capacity limitations and geological limitations are mutually exclusive? (via Hugg)

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Bush 'responding' to Supreme Court

Not exactly

Wondering what to make of this? President Bush responded to a Supreme Court environmental ruling by settling on regulatory changes that don't need congressional approval, the White House said Monday. Bush is announcing the steps he is directing his administration to take in a Rose Garden appearance later Monday. Read on down a little bit: In his State of the Union address in January, Bush set a goal of reducing gas consumption by 20 percent over 10 years. Under his plan, this would be accomplished by increasing the use of alternative fuels to 35 billion gallons by 2017 and boosting …

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Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Not Talk About

U.S. negotiators edit climate out of G8 climate draft Here's a comforting thought for a Monday: your future is being played like a poker hand. Next month, the leaders of the G8 nations will meet in Germany along with the heads of China, India, South Africa, Mexico, and Brazil. With hopes of agreeing on climate-change action, Germany has circulated a draft of a declaration that the U.S. is editing all to hell. According to press reports, U.S. negotiators have suggested cutting a pledge to limit global temperature rise; excising a promise to cut greenhouse-gas emissions 50 percent below 1990 levels …

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More on peak coal

Yeah, that’s running out too

A few weeks ago I mentioned a study showing that coal reserves are not nearly as extensive as the "200-year supply" invoked by coal boosters. Now Richard Heinberg brings word of another study that reaches substantially similar conclusions. The main thrust is that the quality of easily accessible coal is declining and that prices are almost certain to go up, and soon. An interesting correlate -- which hadn't really occurred to me, but makes sense -- is that rising coal prices are going to make it less likely for carbon sequestration to catch on. Heinberg's conclusion is worth reading in …

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