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News: Archive for June, 2009

Hybrid Thermal Plant Provides Constant Power | Green Business | Reuters

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

‘The AORA formerly EDIG Solar hybrid solar power station will be up and running as of today, with enough capacity to power 70 homes continuously — through the night and cloud cover. Thirty heliostats will track and reflect the sun towards the nearly hundred-foot tall turbine tower, where the concentrated sunlight heats compressed air, which then drives a gas turbine.’

via Hybrid Thermal Plant Provides Constant Power | Green Business | Reuters.

Lettuce From the Garden, With Worms – NYTimes.com

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

‘A terrific new documentary, “Food, Inc.,” playing in cinemas nationwide, offers a powerful and largely persuasive diagnosis of American agriculture. Go see it, but be warned that you may not want to eat for a week afterward.’

via Op-Ed Columnist – Lettuce From the Garden, With Worms – NYTimes.com.

Solar power to challenge in Europe by 2010 | Green Business | Reuters

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

‘BRUSSELS Reuters – European solar power will start to become economically competitive compared to mainstream electricity from next year, a report by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association EPIA said on Monday.’

via Solar power to challenge in Europe by 2010 | Green Business | Reuters.

Incentives add shine to China solar drive | Green Business | Reuters

Friday, June 19th, 2009

‘HONG KONG Reuters – Beijing's bid to boost the solar energy sector could draw more than $10 billion in private funding for projects and put China on track to become a leading market for solar equipment in the next three years.’

via Incentives add shine to China solar drive | Green Business | Reuters.

Holy Solar Funding: Project Desertec to Get $500 Billion Cash Infusion? | SolveClimate.com

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

‘A group of 20 German firms is forming a consortium this July to begin raising $555 billion for the much-discussed Afro-European solar research project known as Desertec, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung revealed this week.’

via Holy Solar Funding: Project Desertec to Get $500 Billion Cash Infusion? | SolveClimate.com.

Copenhagen Climate Congress Synthesis Report Released

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

The Copenhagen Climate Congress Synthesis Report from the meetings this year in Denmark March 10-12 has now been published. It was launched at a press conference in Bruxelles, Belgium, on June 18, 2009, where it was handed over to the host of COP-15, the Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen. Download the Synthesis Report here (pdf).

Nuclear nations rush to lock in uranium deals | Reuters

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

‘TORONTO Reuters – A global shift toward nuclear power is prompting countries to rush to lock in long-term access to tight supplies of uranium, and China and India look to be the next players to get in on the action.’

via Nuclear nations rush to lock in uranium deals | Green Business | Reuters.

U.S. Senate panel approves comprehensive energy bill | Reuters

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

‘WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday approved a comprehensive energy package that would require utilities to generate 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind power.’

via U.S. Senate panel approves comprehensive energy bill | Green Business | Reuters.

U.S. climate report details energy, agriculture harm | Reuters

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Climate change has already caused “visible impacts” in the United States and poses particular risks to the U.S. agriculture and energy industries, a new government report said on Tuesday.’

via U.S. climate report details energy, agriculture harm | Green Business | Reuters.

McCartney calls for Meat Free Mondays – UPI.com

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

‘The U.K. Food Climate Research Network estimates food production is responsible for between 20 percent to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and says livestock are responsible for around half of these. Livestock production releases gases such as methane and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere and have a much more powerful climate changing effect than CO2, campaign organizers said in a release.’

via McCartney calls for Meat Free Mondays – UPI.com.