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Scoring a Goal for Clean Energy

Scoring a Goal for Clean Energy

With the eyes of the world glued to the World Cup, there’s no mistaking that one sport can bring together people across the globe. But beyond the soccer field, this year’s World Cup is showing how a global clean energy future could unite us in an even more powerful way.

For the first time ever, people in Kenya’s Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, are watching the heroes of their favorite sport on television – solar-powered television.

On Money, Deep Oceans, and Outer Space

On Money, Deep Oceans, and Outer Space

“We take the oceans for granted. The amount of money spent on oceanographic research is trivial compared to space. How weird is it that we can drive a robot around the surface of Mars and can’t fix a leak in our backyard that’s going to impact millions of lives around the Gulf Coast?"

BP's Latest Oil Spill Cleanup Idea: Hire Kevin Costner

BP's Latest Oil Spill Cleanup Idea: Hire Kevin Costner

Inspired by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, Kevin Costner decided that the world needed a machine that would quickly and safely remove spilled oil from water. So he started building.

Apple's Next Innovation: A Solar-Powered iPhone?

Apple's Next Innovation: A Solar-Powered iPhone?

Last week, Patently Apple, a blog "celebrating Apple's spirit of innovation," noticed that Apple engineers, in 2008, had quietly filed a patent for a technology to embed solar cells under touch screens.

Oil Spill Solutions: A Nuclear Option?

Oil Spill Solutions: A Nuclear Option?

According to Wednesday's New York Times, the US government is not considering the possibility of detonating a nuclear bomb close to the source of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

People have been talking about it, though. On CNN last week, for example, anchor John Roberts suggested that we "drill a hole, drop a nuke in and seal up the well.”

India Lights Future with Efficient Lamps and Carbon Credits

India Lights Future with Efficient Lamps and Carbon Credits

From the world's second-most populous country comes one of the biggest carbon credit projects. India seeks to replace 400 million inefficient, incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs at a considerably reduced price to the consumer. In the bargain, India is expected to avoid the emission of 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

National Academy Of Sciences Weighs In On Climate Change

National Academy Of Sciences Weighs In On Climate Change

The National Academy of Sciences, a trusted government advisor on scientific matters, is calling for major legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

While the Academy had mentioned in the past that climate change is a problem, they had never gone so far as to recommend a carbon tax or cap and trade system.

The Greening of Labor

The Greening of Labor

"Green jobs" - high-quality employment in renewable energy and other environmentally sustainable sectors - are uplifting communities while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, jobs in fossil fuel industries, particularly coal, continue to decline.

Worldwatch reports regularly on the growing field of green jobs across the globe.

Solar Power - The Other Water and Energy Connection

Solar Power - The Other Water and Energy Connection

For the past several years, my colleagues and I have been working on the water and energy connection -- specifically, the California Energy Commission’s conclusion that water systems consume 19 percent of California’s total electricity use.   Increasingly, this connection is shaping the thinking of water agencies. 

China on the Path To Putting a Price on Carbon

China on the Path To Putting a Price on Carbon

China is now one step closer to putting in place a carbon tax. According to several reports, the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of the powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Tuesday that they have completed their study on the feasibility and necessity of establishing a carbon tax in China.

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