Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

The World Community Grid sets its sights — and processing power — on clean energy

IBM’s World Community Grid is a global network of computers linked up to become a single super-computer. The processing power of idling computers is put to use number crunching solutions to AIDS, Dengue Fever, um, Human Proteome Folding, and, now, …

Climate & Energy

Biochar

Biofuels Digest rounds up the evidence of increasing interest in biochar — a potentially carbon-negative source of power.

Climate & Energy

Over 1,000 gallons of oil spilled off California coast

Over 1,100 gallons of oil spilled off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., Sunday when a pump line on an offshore oil rig sprung a leak, causing a mile-and-a-half-long oil slick that state regulators said was mostly cleaned up by …

Climate & Energy

Canadian oil sands projects polluting aquifers, report says

The massive, energy-intensive oil sands projects in Alberta, Canada, are leaking some 2.9 million gallons of contaminated water each day into the region’s aquifers, according to a new report by Environmental Defense and Pembina Consulting based on the industry’s own …

Business & Technology

‘Eco-flation’ could hurt sales of consumer goods

The rising cost of doing business in a climate-changed world — aka, “eco-flation” — could hit some companies quite hard in the next decade if they don’t change their business practices to become more sustainable, according to an analysis by …

Climate & Energy

Memo to President-elect Barack Obama on democratizing the energy system

Dear President-elect Obama, Congratulations on your historic election. Now the truly heavy lifting begins. You have declared your intention to make "a new energy economy" your "No. 1 priority." We urge you to follow a path that leads not only …

Climate & Energy

Forest policy is a hot topic at international climate negotiations

The U.S. Secret Service and the press are on higher alert with the arrival of U.S. congressional delegations at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poznan as the second week of the conference gets underway. While the official Bush delegation …

Climate & Energy

Senate EPW chair calls on Obama to invest in infrastructure and green energy

In a press conference and a letter to Barack Obama, Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer today called for massive investment in public infrastructure to grow the economy and reduce global warming, though she was not specific about …

Climate & Energy

Higher gasoline taxes to boost efficiency would be ‘a mistake’

I couldn’t agree more with PEBO on Meet the Press Sunday: New gasoline taxes aren’t the way to boost energy efficiency. Remember, European gas taxes have long been more than $2 a gallon higher than ours, and as of 2002, …