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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.

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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:

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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.

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Can eReceipts Convince Shoppers Electronic Receipts Are a Better, Not Just Greener Option?

eReceipts is a new company offering retailers the ability to issue electronic receipts, which will be stored in a secure online cloud and accessible through a laptop or mobile phone. While eReceipts seems like a no brainer for both retailers and consumers, it might be more difficult than it seems to convince consumers that this is a better option.

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National Security and Renewable Energy

The fast-growing alternative energy company Borrego Solar succeeds with engaged employees, and the ability to take opportunities offered by new legislation.

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3 Thoughts for GM While It Halts Chevy Volt Production (Again)

August was an all time record month for the Chevy Volt. Yet, apparently the sales of the Volt are still not strong enough and GM will close the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, where the Volt is made, for four weeks, from September 17 through October 15. The fact that the plant is going to be closed again is an indication that GM has some work to do, so while the manufacturing line workers will be at home, it might be worthwhile for GM’s executives to consider the following points: