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The Waxman-Markey climate bill (HR 2454), passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today, is hailed by many as the most important piece of climate change legislation ever. Yet it's still receiving a surprising amount of opposition from environmentalists, mostly for it's plentiful polluter permits, weak renewable electricity goals, and low carbon emission reduction targets .
Combined Heat and Power for the Home Now a Reality
June 26, 2009 10:28 AM - , Triple Pundit
Imagine taking an already efficient gas furnace and generating a home's electricity directly from it, while it heats? That's the reality that Marathon Engine has in store for the North American market today.
Chinese Companies Creating Better Green Products
June 24, 2009 10:10 AM - , Triple Pundit
Ten companies received Business Week’s (BW) Greener China Business Awards. Although still the world’s biggest user of coal powered energy, China is emerging as an "incubator for clean technology," as BW puts it.
Bloomberg vs. Newsom: The Debate Over Green Building
June 11, 2009 10:17 AM - , Triple Pundit
Mayor Bloomberg, of New York City, has some ambitious goals when it comes to reducing his city’s carbon footprint. These goals are trying to be matched by San Francisco’s mayor Gavin Newsom.
A World First — Tankers on Shore Power when at Dock
June 5, 2009 12:10 PM - , Triple Pundit
A major source of air pollution in port areas comes from the giant vessels that tie up at their docks to load and unload cargo. That’s because the powerful diesel engines have to run continuously to keep the ships’ equipment and support systems operating. That also means continuous spewing of GHG and diesel particulate emissions into the local air. A solution to this massive emissions problem has long existed but is not widely implemented because it involves expensive modifications both on-ship and to offshore facilities. It’s called shore power, which allows ships to shut down their diesel engines at berth and literally plug into the landside electricity grid, thus improving air quality.
Small Wind Beginning to Make a Big Difference
June 1, 2009 10:29 AM - , Triple Pundit
The U.S. market for small wind turbines grew 78% last year, highlighting heightened interest in, demand for, and use of distributed alternative and renewable power systems.
Pedestrian Plaza Reclaims Pavement for People
May 22, 2009 09:39 AM - Scott Cooney, Triple Pundit
It's been popular in New York and other places where open space is at a premium, so San Francisco figured, "eh, why not?" The first reclamation of street space to create a pedestrian plaza opened last week on San Francisco's famous Castro Street at the intersection with 17th St.
Green Jobs & Investment in Indian Country
May 21, 2009 10:53 AM - , Triple Pundit
A groundswell of "green" investment and activity has been building on Native American Indian tribal lands around the country. Recent action at the tribal, state and federal levels, as well as in local communities and the private sector, bodes well for the future of these marginalized populations and lands.
In Vauban, Germany, Every Day Is Bike to Work Day
May 14, 2009 11:13 AM - , Triple Pundit
This small suburb near Freiburg, Germany decided to restrict automobiles on all but just main street and a few byways in and around town. Residents can own a car, but they must park it at the edge of town and pay a staggering $40,000 for a spot.
Ecuador Eliminating Fossil Fuel Use in the Galapagos
May 7, 2009 09:52 AM - , Triple Pundit
The Ecuadoran government is looking to a range of alternative energy resources to make sure the Galapagos Islands remain one of the richest and best known ecosystems in the world.