Video Games Venue for Sustainability Concepts?

How we communicate is always important, especially so when it comes to sustainability issues, report two Oregon State researchers who believe video games may help drive home wider understanding of complex issues such a climate change. Read this press release from AAAS. Could playing video games help people understand and address global sustainability issues such as pollution, drought or climate change? At least two researchers believe so, outlining their argument in a concept paper published in the journal First Monday. Video games…

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Wind Turbine Business Analysis

For those curious about the payback on wind turbines, this press release from AAAS is worth reading. Wind turbine payback US researchers have carried out an environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind turbines mooted for a large wind farm in the US Pacific Northwest. Writing in the International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, they conclude that in terms of cumulative energy payback, or the time to produce the amount of energy required of production and installation, a wind turbine with a working…

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Climate Change: A Plan to Share the Carbon Budget Burden

Climate change is an issue of urgent international importance, but for 20 years, the international community has been unable to agree on a coordinated way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a “Perspective” piece published in the June issue of Nature Climate Change, J. Timmons Roberts, the Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, proposes a four-step compromise toward emissions reduction that offers “effectiveness, feasibility, and fairness.” Their proposal comes as another major United Nations meeting on climate change approaches.…

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Climate Change at the Movies

This is an interesting study concerning how people are influenced about real or entertaining issues on subject matter such as climate change. Since we have recently published articles specifically related to facts on climate change it has been interesting watching the number of deniers who penned their two-cents-worth, arguing that the debate on climate change is no more than a liberal-driven political issue. I think we should always have facts in the proper place, whether it involves entertainment or political debate.…

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Rutgers Patents: Toward a Greener Concrete

Some patents deserve celebration, like these from Rutgers that state Solidia concrete can be cured by consuming CO2 rather than water. With worldwide construction demand for concrete continuing to expand at an unprecedented pace, the possibility of leaving behind a greener footprint is encouraging. Rutgers University and Solidia Technologies Advance Sustainable Building Materials with CO2-Cured Concrete Products The U.S. Patents Office awarded two new patents to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, that describe sustainable concrete products that cure and harden by consuming carbon dioxide…

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Study: European Solar Panel Manufacturing Greener than China’s

A solar panel output may be green, but the manufacturing footprint it has left behind may be anything but green or sustainable. Take the csse of this recent study pitting European solar panel manufacturing and that of China’s. According to a Northwestern University study, China’s manufacturing footprint is far less green than that of Europe. Solar panels made in China have a higher overall carbon footprint and are likely to use substantially more energy during manufacturing than those made in Europe.…

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Reducing Emissions the Primary Way to Fight Climate Change Reports UCLA-Led Study

Climate engineering won’t sufficiently stem global warming Forget about positioning giant mirrors in space to reduce the amount of sunlight being trapped in the earth’s atmosphere or seeding clouds to reduce the amount of light entering earth’s atmosphere. Those approaches to climate engineering aren’t likely to be effective or practical in slowing global warming. A new report by professors from UCLA and five other universities concludes that there’s no way around it: We have to cut down the amount of…

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First Solar to Deliver Diesel-PV Hybrid Solution to Rio Tinto in Australia

Diesel-PV hybrid project will offset grid requirements and reduce diesel usage Integrating the use of solar power with diesel in an Australian mining operation, if successful, will reduce the requirement for all-diesel machinery. To accomplish this First Solar, Rio Tinto, and Ingenero have agreed on the development of the Weipa Solar Photovoltaic Project in Queensland, Australia. The project has received funding from the Commonwealth Government, with an initial commitment of $3.5 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to…

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New Energy See-Through SolarWindow Sets New Record for Generating Electricity

Appealing see-through SolarWindow may impact new LEED-targeted designs See-through windows that generate electricity are starting to attract expanded interest. New Energy Technologies, a developer of see-through SolarWindowT coatings, has announced that its technology has set a new record for generating electricity while remaining see-through with over 50% greater power than prior attempts publicized by others. For those wanting a blend of visual acuity and clean energy, this statistic should provide a significant boost to market appeal. Speaking about this technology,…

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Alarming CO2 Increase

We don’t write that much about CO2 and its impact on the planet but this news report is absolutely alarming. Sadly this is a global problem — yes, problem — that will not correct itself without some well-considered and far-reaching action steps. Each person, each business, each government must make a commitment to seek balance in the matter of climate change. Read the entire article HERE.   Source: SFGate

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NREL Researchers Are Busy with Promising New Solar Material

Light-absorbing perovskite cells show promise as solar material Known as perovskite, the name of this material found in the Ural Mountains may be difficult to pronounce for American English speakers, but the potential it offers as a new solar dell material is considerable. Three scientific papers have already been published about it. Intense research efforts, led by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), are currently taking place. This informative news release came this morning. Unfortunately, photos and…

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Ron Finley Proves Food Forest Concept on Vacant Land

This inspiring TED presentation by Ron Finley about planting a food forest in front of his house in South-Central LA — home to many food deserts — has been around for some time. With planting season here, this video is still very much worth seeing and sharing with anybody interested in green building. Ron Finley: A Guerilla Gardener Also provided below is a link to the transcript of this speech. Source: TED

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1st TalkSolar + CleanTechnica Podcast!

For those wanting to stay current about solar energy, this is a good program to watch. This is the press release. As announced the other day, TalkSolar and CleanTechnica have teamed up for TalkSolar’s second season. The first show was on Thursday (shows are broadcast live on Thursdays at noon EST / 9 am PST on BlogTalkRadio). Since it was the first show of the…

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Preventing Deforestation Manages Resources and Combats Climate Change

Much of what we write about for green building concerns wood and forests, an incredibly valuable renewable resource for this planet; deforestation, similar to what is occurring on the Congo Basin, must be checked and stopped. Citizens, companies and agricultural interests alike must apply sane forest management practices. As a population, we can harvest much from what this planet gives, we simply need to return the favor. Disasters like the mudslide that recently occurred in Washington could have been prevented…

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Green Roof Slated for Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Instead of more hot black roofs radiating excessive heat upward, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will add another green roof to the urban palette. This endeavor will be overseen by Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. (Greenland). The two companies jointly announced they will install a green roof on Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the entertainment and sports venue that has quickly become an iconic landmark at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. In December, the companies inked…

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Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments

Read below for a financial snapshot of the 2013 renewable energy sector. Renewables account for 44 percent of 2013’s newly-installed electricity generating capacity despite global investment dropping for second year Renewable energy’s share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14 per cent drop in investments to US$214.4 billion, according to a new report released today. According to Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 – produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate…

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Global Green USA Completes Boston Latin School’s Green School Makeover

When March came to its final day, Global Green USA proudly announced the completion of its student-led Green School Makeover at Boston Latin School. A panel of expert judges selected the winning elementary school after six months of intensive outreach by educators, school districts and educational organizations, resulting in more than 450 submissions. Drawing on its green building expertise that spans more than a decade, Global Green USA provided Boston Latin School with a $75,000 grant to realize its student-created…

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School for Solar Announced by CBD Energy Limited

In an exciting new project, diversified renewable energy company, CBD Energy Limited is investing in the development and installation of a programme of solar projects across the UK, through its wholly owned UK subsidiary, Secured Energy Bonds plc (SEB). SEB plans to install solar panels for a number of UK businesses (at no cost to the businesses), and to derive income from the Feed-in Tariffs paid by the UK government to green electricity generators. This is a win-win situation for…

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