October 2009

De-carbonizing Germany: new study suggests how Germany can be carbon-free by 2050

October 30, 2009

Image via Wikipedia Germany as a nation has always been at the forefront of the green movement. True, its carbon emission rate per person is high (9.7 tons per year, according to a recently released list by the International Energy Agency). But it’s definitely a country that takes environmental and renewable energy issues seriously so […]

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Biofuels: flawed carbon accounting system can lead to more deforestation

October 28, 2009

We recently blogged about the UN’s recent statement on biofuels. Over the last week, there has been a lot of discussion on the topic, and not exactly an optimistic one, but it’s an important debate to have ahead of the Copenhagen climate summit in December. Related Posts:UN panel issues statement on biofuelsRecession has driven reduction […]

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Frugality drives renewable energy participation; solar tops preferences

October 26, 2009

Image via Wikipedia According to a new report called 2009 Nielsen Energy Audit, compiled by market research specialist The Nielsen Company, saving money is one of the top motivating factors driving the adoption of green energy options. 80% of the 32,000 respondents polled cited cutting costs as their main motivation for conserving energy. Related Posts:Non-profit […]

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Livestock accounts for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions, says new report

October 22, 2009

In 2006 a report compiled by the UN’s Food and Agriculture arm found that livestock’s greenhouse emissions accounts for 18% of the total, while the global transportation network, a much more targeted culprit, accounts for a lot less at 13%. The report is called Livestock’s Long Shadow and it has been widely quoted ever since […]

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From sludge to ethanol

October 19, 2009

Image via Wikipedia The other day I was watching a TV program about domestic wastewater treatment and I kept wondering about what happened to the sludge left behind. Well, it seems like there are companies out there doing the thinking for me. Massachusetts-based Qteros and Israeli commodities recycler Applied CleanTech (ACT) have entered a joint […]

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