Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes

See Magazine.good.is article

March 15, 2015 at 9:36 pm Leave a comment

A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source

Read ExtremeTech.com article.

March 15, 2015 at 9:09 pm Leave a comment

Algae-powered Building

See Inhabitat article about algae-powered Building in Hamburg.

March 15, 2015 at 12:22 am Leave a comment

Misgivings About How a Weed Killer Affects the Soil


While regulators and many scientists say biotech crops are no different from their conventional cousins, others worry that they are damaging the environment and human health. The battle is being waged at the polls, with ballot initiatives to require labeling of genetically modified foods; in courtrooms, where lawyers want to undo patents on biotech seeds; and on supermarket shelves containing products promoting conventionally grown ingredients.

Dirt in two fields where biotech corn was being grown was hard and compact. Prying corn stalks from the soil with a shovel was difficult, and when the plants finally came up, their roots were trapped in a chunk of dirt. Once freed, the roots spread out flat like a fan and were studded with only a few nodules, which are critical to the exchange of nutrients.

Read full New York Times article.

September 21, 2013 at 4:35 am Leave a comment

Larry Ellison’s Fantasy Island

“Imagine these hale, these grass huts on the beach,” Mr. Ellison said excitedly of his plans for the new resort. “They are individual hale, built on poles in the sand. We will retain the unspoiled primitive nature of the beach.” He says the hotel will be a model of sustainability—generating electricity from the sun, making its own fresh water, reusing “gray water for irrigation, and all the buildings will be made from light, renewable materials, like bamboo.”

Read full Wall Street Journal article

August 3, 2013 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

European Investment Bank Cuts Lending to Fossil Plants, Supports Renewables

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the world’s largest public financial institution, has announced that, effective immediately, it will no longer finance most coal-, lignite- and oil-fired power stations in an effort to help Europe meet its climate targets.

Read full Renewable Energy World article.

August 2, 2013 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

L.A. launches nation’s largest solar rooftop program

L.A.’s Department of Water and Power is rolling out the country’s biggest urban rooftop program, which will pay residents for solar energy they produce in excess of their own needs. The goal is to generate 150 megawatts of solar electricity, or enough to power about 30,000 homes.

Read full Grist article..

June 29, 2013 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

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