How Farmers Could Mitigate Nitrous Oxide Emissions

Farmers may be able to help reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) by incorporating copper into crop fertilisation processes – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Global agricultural emissions of the gas have increased by 20 per cent in the last century as a result of widespread use of nitrogen-based synthetic fertilizers. But new research into the processes of nutrient cycling published today reveals how farmers could mitigate the effects of this harmful…

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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Reach Record 36 Billion Tonnes in 2013

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes – according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA). The 2.1 per cent rise projected for 2013 means global emissions from burning fossil fuel are 61 per cent above 1990 levels, the baseline year for the Kyoto…

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IKEA to Install Solar Panels on Future Miami Store in Sweetwater

Array to be south Florida’s largest structure IKEA today announced solar energy is planned for its Miami-Dade-area store under construction in Sweetwater, FL. Pending permits, installation of solar panels on the store’s roof will begin in several months, with completion by grand opening in Summer 2014. The array will be the largest such installation in South Florida. Combined with rooftop arrays in Orlando, Tampa and Sunrise, this fourth solar project will keep IKEA as the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.…

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CleanWorld’s Sacramento BioDigester Named “International Bioenergy Project of the Year”

Sacramento anaerobic digestion facility places first, edging out 16 projects in global competition Monday night was a momentous occasion for CleanWorld, the US anaerobic digestion company that has drawn global attention to Northern California for its success in developing, building, and operating proprietary, US-made technologies that produce renewable natural gas and bioelectricity from food and organic waste. Competing against a field of sixteen applicants representing bioenergy projects across the globe, CleanWorld received the highly sought “International Bioenergy Project of the…

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Livermore researchers find tie between global precipitation and global warming

The rain in Spain may lie mainly on the plain, but the location and intensity of that rain is changing not only in Spain but around the globe. A new study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists shows that observed changes in global (ocean and land) precipitation are directly affected by human activities and cannot be explained by natural variability alone. The research appears in the Nov. 11 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Emissions of…

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Princeton study: Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western US

Understanding our interconnected and interdependent world: In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report the total deforestation of the Amazon may significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires. The researchers report in the Journal of Climate that an Amazon stripped bare could mean 20 percent less rain for the coastal Northwest and…

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Carbon storage recovers faster than plant biodiversity in re-growing tropical forests

A new study of re-growing tropical forests has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon storage following major disturbances such as clearance for farming. The findings, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, have important implications for conservation since there are now many re-growing forests in South and Central America. The new study is the first large-scale analysis of the recovery of both plant biodiversity and carbon pools in re-growing forests. Over half…

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Updating building energy codes: How much can your state save?

How much in energy and cost savings would your state realize if it updated its commercial building energy codes? You can find out in a new on-line publication* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The state-by-state reports were the product of a new building energy efficiency analysis tool developed by NIST. For each state, benefits and bottom-line impacts of upgrading to later editions of the nation’s benchmark energy standard** for commercial buildings are condensed into two-page summaries.…

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DOE rooftop challenge winners offer energy & cost savings

If widely adopted, the energy savings would be like taking 700,000 cars off the road every year New super-efficient rooftop units that heat and cool commercial buildings offer significant energy and dollar savings, say scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. They found that the devices reduce energy costs an average of about 41 percent compared to units in operation today. The newly published report analyzes the operation of the commercial rooftop HVAC unit known as the…

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Clean Energy Takes Initial Step to Bring LNG to Florida Transportation Markets

Jacksonville project would be first endeavor of Eagle LNG Partners to support growing maritime, trucking and railroad natural gas fueling demand Clean Energy Fuels Corp. today announced that it has placed a purchase contract on property where it hopes to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel terminal in Jacksonville, Fla. This would be the first LNG facility on the Eastern seaboard to specifically supply LNG for the maritime, heavy-duty trucking and rail industries. The planned facility is the first…

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Scientists wary of shale oil and gas as US energy salvation

After 10 years of production, shale gas in the United States cannot be considered commercially viable, according to several scientists presenting at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver on Monday. They argue that while the use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for “tight oil” is an important contributor to U.S. energy supply, it is not going to result in long-term sustainable production or allow the U.S. to become a net oil exporter. Charles A.S. Hall, A.S. Hall, professor…

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NRG Energy Installs 49th Solar Frame to Complete Levi’s Stadium Suite Tower Roof

Solar installation will help 49ers meet net zero energy performance during home games NRG Energy, Inc. and the San Francisco 49ers today announced a construction milestone – the completion of phase one of the solar installation at Levi’s Stadium, the future home of the 49ers. This significant step will help Levi’s Stadium to become the first stadium that is home to an NFL team to have sustainability and LEED certification standards incorporated into its design and architecture The 49 solar frames…

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Climate Change: Study Shows People Do Not Place High Value on Climate Protection

Without further incentives selfish behavior will continue to dominate People are bad at getting a grip on collective risks. Climate change is a good example of this: the annual climate summits have so far not led to specific measures. The reason for this is that people attach greater value to an immediate material reward than to investing in future quality of life. Therefore, cooperative behaviour in climate protection must be more strongly associated with short-term incentives such as rewards or…

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Portland State will build green roof research site on Walmart’s new North Portland store

The design of green roofs—and all of their stormwater filtering, energy efficiency enabling, heat island mitigating, and habitat providing features—is poised to improve following a two-year research partnership between Portland State University (PSU) and Walmart that will collect in-depth data on the largest green roof installation in Portland. PSU’s Green Building Research Laboratory will lead the effort to deploy scores of sensors and a weather station on Walmart’s new Hayden Meadows store in North Portland, which will feature 40,000 square…

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Low-priced plastic photovoltaics

Article in ‘The Journal of Chemical Physics’ describes new approach to making cheaper, more efficient solar panel using plastic photovoltaics Photovoltaic devices, which tap the power of the sun and convert it to electricity, offer a green — and potentially unlimited — alternative to fossil fuel use. So why haven’t solar technologies been more widely adopted? Quite simply, “they’re too expensive,” says Ji-Seon Kim, a senior lecturer in experimental solid-state physics at Imperial College London, who, along with her colleagues,…

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600 Companies to Demonstrate the Latest Solar Energy Products this Week at Solar Power International in Chicago

Premier business-to-business solar energy event to draw 12,000 professionals Solar Power International 2013 (SPI ‘13), the solar energy industry’s most powerful, comprehensive educational conference and product exhibition, opens this week at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Exhibits are open October 22 – 24. Approximately 600 exhibiting companies and nearly 12,000 solar professionals from around the world are expected at SPI ‘13. The event will also feature nearly 60 concurrent sessions and Quick Talks and more than 60 educational sessions on the exhibit floor. Speakers include industry luminaries, business and technical…

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First Solar to Build 250MW Power Plant in California for NextEra Energy Resources

First Solar, Inc. announced today it has entered into an agreement to construct a 250 megawatt (MW)AC solar power plant in Riverside County, California, for a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The McCoy Solar Energy Project will be located on approximately 2,300 acres of mostly public land provided by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approximately 13 miles northwest of Blythe, California. Under the agreement, First Solar will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction services, using First Solar’s cadmium telluride (CdTe)…

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LEED Platinum Environmental Science Center Uses SageGlass to Inspire Next-Generation of Architects and Engineers

The non-profit Science Center is a model of state-of-the-art sustainable design. The 16,000-square-foot facility was built to demonstrate practical ways to conserve energy, water and the environment, with hands-on interactive exhibits about energy and water conservation, renewable energy and wetlands restoration. Cascade Meadow was just the ninth LEED® Platinum certified project in Minnesota at the time it was awarded in 2012. The Science Center is using SageGlass to showcase the latest in dynamic solar technologies. SageGlass controls solar heat gain…

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