Posts Tagged ‘Renewable’

07/18/2014

America Is Getting Greener

Each year the research firm Clean Edge releases their annual U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index which tracks the sustainable clean tech progress of the 50 largest metro areas and the 50 states.  This year’s report highlighted gains made in 2014.  One of the features of the report is a  focus on cities. . .

06/17/2014

Ford To Use Tomatoes In Cars

Two years ago Ford formed a collaboration with Heinz to develop a 100 percent plant-based PET, a common type of plastic used in soft drink and water bottles.  The intent, from Ford’s perspective, has been “is to develop a strong, lightweight material that meets our vehicle requirements, while at the same time. . .

06/02/2014

U.S. Power Plant Emissions Trending Down

A new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the country’s top 100 electric power producers shows a downward trend in nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, mercury and carbon dioxide since 2000, with CO2 emissions decreasing 13 percent between 2008 and 2012. The findings show that the industry is already shifting. . .

05/08/2014

Stanford University Endowment Dropping Coal Companies

Stanford University said last Tuesday it will no longer use any of its $18.7 billion endowment to invest in coal mining companies, a move aimed at combating climate change that could influence college administrations elsewhere.  The university’s board of trustees agreed with recommendations from a panel of students, faculty, staff. . .

05/07/2014

U.S. Has Vast Hydropower Resource

A Department of Energy study suggests America’s rivers are a vast untapped hydropower resource, and developing many of them could help combat climate change by using renewable energy, to reduce reliance on coal-fired power plants that emit climate-changing greenhouse gases.  In all, undeveloped rivers and streams in the U.S. have. . .

04/17/2014

U.S. Emissions Drop Ten Percent

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States’ 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.  The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due to a. . .

04/10/2014

Navy Shows Off Fuel From Sea Water

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have now proven that it’s possible to power engines instead with a cheap, convenient supply of fuel: seawater.  Scientists have spent nearly a decade laboring to turn the ocean into fuel. The breakthrough, demonstrated in a proof-of-concept test, was made possible by a specialized. . .

03/28/2014

U.S. Wind Power Grows

Wind energy is expected to make up about 4.6 percent of total U.S. electric power generation by 2015, totaling about 77,000 megawatts of wind power capacity nationwide, U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. That’s up from 3 percent in 2012, when total U.S. wind power generation capacity was about 60,000 megawatts. One. . .

03/11/2014

Which State Buys The Most Renewable Energy?

Illinois is buying more renewable energy than any other state in the nation, which has reduced pollution by the equivalent of removing a million cars from the road over the past few years, according to a report released Friday by national and state environmental groups.  A 2009 state law allowed. . .

03/06/2014

Having That Toilet Paper Discussion

The convenience of toilet paper is a comfort many Americans can’t picture themselves living without.  America is the world largest market for toilet paper.  Americans per capita use 23.6 rolls per year, totaling about 7 billion rolls a year for the country. Unfortunately, using toilet paper is not the most sustainable. . .

01/13/2014

NJ Rejects Gas Pipeline Through Pinelands

A New Jersey agency tasked with protecting the ecologically fragile Pinelands region narrowly defeated a proposal Friday to run a 22-mile natural gas pipeline through it.  The decision delighted environmentalists, who had turned out by the hundreds to oppose the plan over the past six months. But it disheartened business. . .

01/10/2014

Suburbs Emitting More CO2 Than Cities

When it comes to carbon emissions, don’t blame big cities, blame the suburbs, says a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.  The study, released this past Monday, found that population-dense cities contribute less greenhouse-gas emissions per person than other areas of the United States. However, these cities’ suburbs are so. . .

01/03/2014

Hawaii Becomes First State To Ban Plastic Bags

Hawaii has become the first state in the union to ban plastic bags.  All three of the counties in Hawaii have passed legislation banning plastic bags at checkout counters. On the Big Island, where consumers have been paying for plastic bags at checkout lines for the past year, the ban officially. . .

12/19/2013

Bananas Under Siege

According to Scientific American, strains of a particular soil fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense, or Foc, have struck a key variety of banana grown for export in Mozambique and Jordan. Scientists fear that if the banana fungus spreads further, the popular Cavendish banana could become critically threatened.  The fungus, which has. . .

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