AeroVironment Develops World's First Fully Operational Life-Size Hummingbird-Like Unmanned Aircraft for DARPA.

Using Biomimicry, DARPA Creates Hummingbird-Like Spy Drone

If I had to pick a favorite U.S. Government agency, TheDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), would be it. It has a cool-sounding name and has worked on fascinating projects such as the Internet, developed GPS, held the über-cool DARPA Grand Challenge, and is currently working on interesting tech, like the ominously-named DARPA Silent Talk … Continued

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Cleaning up the Coal Mine Industry: Coal Mine Methane

Boyd Cohen, CO2 IMPACT Last week in this column I wrote about a real “clean coal” solution, torrefied wood.  While I truly believe torrefied wood holds significant potential to assist in phasing out coal burning in power plants, coal is here to stay for a while, whether we like it or not. Surely there are … Continued

Visualizing Chinese Energy

Apropos of last week’s post on US Energy Research Dollars, we present another WellHome that gives us a look at China’s energy use. As the fastest growing segment of the developing world, China’s current and future energy usage and resulting environmental impact cannot be understated. The infographic below gives an outline of the current state … Continued

Energy Research Dollars Visualized

Something fun for your Friday, originally posted on WellHome: Government spending on alternative energy is quite small compared to the amount of money Americans spend on a variety of non-essential products and services. Consider this juxtaposition. What if even a small portion of our spending on the below were instead invested in our energy future? … Continued

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The Hidden Reality Behind Social Impact Bonds

Hidden within President Obama’s proposed budget is a line item that attempts to start a new model for financing government controlled projects: Social Impact Bonds. So, what exactly are Social Impact Bonds? How much of the budget is allocated to this?  Will it actually work, or is it too good to be true? First off, … Continued

Startup America Gives Cleantech Entrepreneurs a Leg Up

U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills on Wednesday revealed details of a pilot program through which it is working with four cleantech business accelerators across the country to provide mentoring to 100 entrepreneurs in the cleantech arena. The pilot is the inaugural program of the Entrepreneurial Mentor Corps (EMC), a component of Startup America, a … Continued

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Doesn’t Speak for All Businesses

By Janet Pomeroy One of the major themes in President Obama’s State of the Union speech was the need to maintain our economic strength by out-innovating other nations.  “In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives,” he said. “It is how we make our living.” The president put green innovation at the center of a … Continued

Maryland Moves on Offshore Wind

Every year, thousands of high school graduates in the state of Maryland race to Ocean City after graduation day. They call it Beach Week, and it’s been a tradition for decades. When I graduated from high school, I didn’t go. To be honest, I was never really a fan of Ocean City, so I flew … Continued

Support the GOP in De-Funding the IPCC?

With the GOP takeover in congress, the party has stronger power to push its party values and agenda forward.   The GOP has a long list of spending cuts it would like to make.  Will the GOP suggested spending cuts make it into the budget?  Perhaps the more relevent question is, should the IPCC be de-funded … Continued

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What’s Your Unreasonable Advantage?

By Marc Stoiber, originally for Fast Company. By now, you’ve most likely heard the term cognitive surplus. You understand the concept of harnessing worldwide brainpower to solve business problems. You can probably even cite some famous examples of cognitive surplus. The case of AG Lafley, who threw down a decree to source 50% of P&G’s innovation from … Continued

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Study Shows Proposed Clear Air Rules Will Create Jobs

Compliance with two Clean Air Act (CAA) rules expected to be finalized this year will create jobs, according to a Ceres report, New Jobs-Cleaner Air: Employment Effects under Planned Changes to EPA’s Air Pollution Rules. The report, prepared by Dr. James Heintz of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, evaluated … Continued

Study: Sprawl Down Under is All Over

Australia may or may not be at the bottom of the world, but it does seem to be close to the cutting edge when it comes to thinking about sustainability. Back in January, I ran a piece about the big island’s zero carbon plan showing how they could convert 100% of their economy to renewables … Continued

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DOE’s SunShot Initiative Pushes to Drive Down Solar Energy Costs

The DOE’s SunShot Initiative is a collaboration between the agency, universities, research laboratories, and the American solar power industry. Should this program’s goals succeed, by the end of this decade the United States may regain its dominant position in the global solar market.

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Book Review: The New Capitalist Manifesto

Umair Haque asks that his new book The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business be evaluated– as a “toolkit,” a “lens,” a “handbook” and it’s basically successful. We evaluated the book as a manifesto, however, and it’s less believable. The premise of the book is this: capitalism as a system has run away … Continued

The Short Sea Shipping Option: Short-Sighted?

It’s entirely possible that short sea shipping, long touted as an economically viable and environmentally sound option for transporting domestic cargo and products, is not all it’s cracked up to be, according to a Friends of the Earth report. Short sea shipping is the regional transport—on lakes, bays, rivers, canals and coastlines—of freight by ship … Continued