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Semprius opens new factory for tiny solar cells

DoE’s Bet on a Solar Winner

Semprius will open a new solar cell manufacturing facility in North Carolina to manufacture its pencil point-sized solar cells. The plant will create more than 250 new green jobs.

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Big Oil Spends Big Cash Opposing Obama

Unlike 2008, this year big oil outspend cleantech by four to one when it comes to TV ads. What caused this change in the balance between green-fossil fuel ads? Does it really make a difference for voters? And no less important – if big oil fights to put Romney in the Oval Office, why President Obama still acts in their favor in his ‘all of the above’ energy strategy?

Private Sector Plays Important Role in Reviving Dying Carbon Economy

Just yesterday I was having a discussion about how the carbon market is ‘dead.’ Today I read that, according to Business Green it is up to the private sector to safe the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) from collapse.  What is CDM?  The CDM was developed after the Kyoto Protocol was formed. According to the … Continued

lab tests new parking lot surfaces to reduce heat island effect

What Color is Your Parking Lot: New Research Combats Heat Island Effect

Uncovered parking lots account for a large part of the surface area in typical cities, making them a major contributor to increased urban temperatures called the “heat island” effect. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California have taken over part of a parking lot to test a series of differently colored treatments intended to cool down paved surfaces that are exposed to sunlight.

new NIST lab to improve net zero buildings

NIST “Net Zero” Could Revolutionize Home Construction, If We Let It

If you’ve never heard of the National Institute of Standards and Technology before, now is the time to check out this obscure arm of the Commerce Department and see what it’s been up to. NIST has just officially opened a new energy laboratory called the Residential Net-Zero Test Facility, which is designed to look and … Continued

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Is the Internet Killing our Climate?

Although negligible on their own, the cumulative effect of all that internet time is a “definite environmental impact” that has long gone overlooked. Think we’re kidding? Take a look at some of the facts:

BMW ActiveE, electric car based on the current 1 Series

Future of Electric Vehicles Remains Bright, Despite Detractors

The success of electric vehicles will not be determined by looking at monthly sales figures or even on a quarterly earnings. Some things are working, some things are not, and some things need to be viewed in the context of changing consumer preferences and technological progress.

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Panel Seeks to Assure UN Clean Development Mechanism’s Future

The future of the world’s largest and most substantial vehicle for fostering sustainable development, the UN Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, is in doubt. A high-level CDM policy panel has presented a report that includes reforms intended to assure its future.

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Global Carbon Trading Takes a Big Step Forward

It has often been pointed out that our modern world could quickly become cleaner, safer, and more sustainable if only externalities, such as air pollution or carbon emissions, were internalized, so that they could be captured and factored into the economic equation. Efforts to do this with greenhouse gases, so far have had mixed results. That is why the announcement last week, that Australia was going to link up their emissions trading system with the EU’s emissions trading system, is so important.