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Exporting Coal, Exporting Emissions

Exporting Coal, Exporting Emissions

An Australian coal mining company announced over the weekend that it has reached an agreement to sell USD 60 billion dollars worth of coal to a Chinese utility over the next 20 years.

Big Nuclear Is Going Solar

Big Nuclear Is Going Solar

French nuclear energy giant Areva announced on Monday that it is acquiring an American solar thermal startup company called Ausra.

This is Areva's first investment in solar power, and, according to a company executive, it's a strategic one. Areva chose to invest in Ausra's solar thermal technology rather than in other solar technologies because solar thermal power plants, like nuclear power plants, generate electricity by creating heat and spinning turbines with steam.
Not Guilty

Not Guilty

Climate scientist Micheal Mann has always been confident that he didn't do anything wrong.

It looks like his university, Penn State, which just released the results of the first phase of an investigation into his research conduct, is almost ready to officially agree.

White House Ready to Learn More About Clean Coal

White House Ready to Learn More About Clean Coal

President Obama continues to spend a lot of time with Republicans.

Following up on his discussion with House Republicans over the weekend, he invited a few coal state governors to the White House today, and one big topic of conversation was clean coal.

Insulation From Space?

Insulation From Space?

Martin LaMonica from CNET's Green Tech Blog made a post today about aerogels.

Bacteria May Affordably Turn Plants into Diesel by 2012

Bacteria May Affordably Turn Plants into Diesel by 2012

Bacteria that convert plants into diesel could become a widely available method for creating alternative fuels at commercial prices within the next two years. 


Localized, Renewable Energy Gets Big Money

Localized, Renewable Energy Gets Big Money

Community-based renewable energy projects in Vermont, Wisconsin, Colorado and California were granted over $20 million from the U.S. Department of Energy on Jan. 21, which matches $167 million in local government and private sector funding.

DOE Grants $37 Million For Efficient Lighting Industry

DOE Grants $37 Million For Efficient Lighting Industry

The U. S. Department of Energy on Jan.15 pledged $37 million of funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act towards research projects in high-efficiency solid-state lighting, which includes light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).

Second Nature, Sustainability Education

Second Nature, Sustainability Education

The year was 1957, and the Soviets had just fired Sputnik 1 into Earth orbit. Instead of panicking (eventually), the U.S. saw what had gotten the Soviet Union into space first and… well, did the equivalent of looking over somebody’s shoulder during a midterm; making their answer our own.

DOE Betting on Algae

DOE Betting on Algae

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Jan. 13 that his department will invest more than $80 million in "advanced biofuels research and fueling infrastructure."

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