Monthly Archives: June 2011

Global Methane Initiative Moves Forward

June 30th, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers

Carbon dioxide isn’t the sole contributor to global warming and climate change. An even larger and more dangerous chemical is methane, the abundant naturally occurring gas that can be found almost anywhere -- from coal mines to cow farts and composting piles.

New Racing Records Set by Electric Vehicles at Pikes Peak

June 30th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post

To prove their worth to Americans, electric vehicles must do more than move about silently without pollution. They’ve got to be able to race. And this weekend EV’s set new records at the Pikes Peak “Race to the Clouds.”

Broken-Hearted Lawmakers Just Can’t Quit Incandescent Light Bulbs

June 30th, 2011 | by Tina Casey

America's love affair with the incandescent light bulb may still be smokin' hot, but the affection appears to be somewhat one-sided according to a recent article by Rob Lever for AFP. Lever details more than a dozen cases in which state lawmakers are trying desperately to ensure that the beloved bulbs stay on the market, despite new federal energy efficiency standards that effectively phase out the old technology

Honda Hybrid Too Fast for Formula 1000, Asked to Leave

June 30th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post

“Fast” and “hybrid” are words that once were not associated with each other. Now hybrid tech is being seen as a performance advantage, which is why Formula 1,000 organizers asked a Honda Insight to bow out for being too fast

Solar Bikinis for iPhones, iPods, etc? Apparently, Yes

June 29th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

An NYU student from Brooklyn decided he wanted to create a swimsuit that would cool his beer. The result: using flexible solar photovoltaics surrounded by plastics, he created a bikini that can power your iPhone, iPod or similar devices. Apparently, he's getting to work creating a male version as well, the iDrink. This one, having more surface area, will be able to power a 1.5 amp peltier junction that can cool a beer in a custom coozy

New Jersey Pulling Out of RGGI? Not Yet, but Maybe.. (& Clear Reasons Why It Shouldn’t)

June 29th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, one of the Republican party's many two-faced liars (who says he is promoting renewable energy but is, in fact, doing everything he can to fight its growth), recently announced that he was pulling the state out of the Northeast's climate change and clean energy cap-and-trade program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Well, it turns out, Governor Christie may not have the power to do so soon... but it's going to be a close call

CleanTechnica Survey (Reminder)

June 27th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

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EADS Announces VoltAir Electric Airline Concept

June 27th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

The all-electric VoltAir "electrifies" show-goers at last weekend's Paris Air Show, with swappable battery packs, hyper-efficient propellers, and a bit of a fishy look, if we're being honest

Coming Soon: the Laptop You Power by Typing

June 26th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

A team of researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have successfully demonstrated a new, "piezoelectric" film's capacity for turning the mechanical pressure of punching keys into clean, usable electricity!

California Ships 100% Solar Powered Rice to Japan

June 26th, 2011 | by Tina Casey

The U.S. agricultural sector is beginning to take on a leadership role in the transition to renewable energy, and the latest example is the California rice industry's adoption of solar power. In a first of its kind partnership, several California rice companies po0led their stock to put together an entire shipment of rice that was not only grown with solar energy (the sun, right?), but also dried, stored, milled and packaged at solar powered facilities

True Value of Solar Power

June 26th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

I wrote recently on the costs of wind power and how they compare to the costs of traditional forms of power like coal and nuclear when you take externalities and other subsidies into account. I was going to wait until I wrapped up our "comprehensive wind power page" to write on this topic for solar power, but a new report out from the Institute for Local Self Reliance pushed me into the topic a little early.

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