• Solar Taxi Arrives Down Under!

    After a brief and wet stint in Sydney, the Solar Taxi has made its way to Canberra to visit our proud nation's capital. The Solar Taxi is a round the world venture undertaken by Swiss adventurer Louis Palmer. Embarking on his journey in July last year, to date, Palmer has done over 15923 kilometres in his custom made solar powered vehicle. His trip has been a momentous one, from royal passengers, vehicle breakdowns and rainy days. >> Read the Full Article
  • World Oil Supply: Peak or Not Peak?

    Taken together with the sharp and sustained oil price rise, rapid industrial growth in places like China, India and other large developing countries, the rapid rise to political prominence of climate change mitigation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts and associated incentives and incentives to promote alternative, renewable energy sources this has raised the uncertainty of demand for oil - and hence investment conditions – and put oil, and fossil fuel producers more generally, on the defensive. Looking at it cynically, you might say that they can cry all the way to the bank, at least for some time to come. >> Read the Full Article
  • Google to help green technologies amass scale

    INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Google Inc is prepared to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in big commercial alternative-energy projects that traditionally have had trouble getting financing, the executive in charge of its green-energy push said on Wednesday. The Internet search giant, which has said it will invest in researching green technologies and renewable-energy companies, is eager to help promising technologies amass scale to help drive the cost of alternative energy below the cost of coal. >> Read the Full Article
  • How Will the U.S. Produce 36 Billion Gallons of Biofuel by 2022?

    The new U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), signed into law last month as part of the revised Energy Bill, sets high goals for the U.S. biofuels industry. It calls for the production of 36 billion gallons of biofuels—mainly ethanol and biodiesel—annually by 2022, with 21 billion gallons coming from so-called “advanced biofuels,” which can be produced using a variety of new feedstocks and technologies. Of this, roughly 16 billion gallons is expected to be from “cellulosic biofuels,” derived from plant sources such as trees and grasses. >> Read the Full Article
  • China asks for more leeway on greenhouse gas

    CANBERRA (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it should be given more leeway over its rising greenhouse gas emissions as it was a world manufacturer and exporter, benefiting people at home and internationally. "China is a manufacturing country. China produces lots of goods which are not only used in China, but all over the world," Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told reporters in Australia. >> Read the Full Article
  • Bush budget doesn't alter ethanol import tariff

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration did not propose any changes to the expiring U.S. ethanol import tariff in its new 2009 government budget that was sent to Congress on Monday, an Energy Department spokeswoman said. The spokesperson said while the 54-cent-a-gallon tariff is set to expire at the end of December during the 2009 budget year, which begins this October 1, the administration will have discussions with lawmakers later this year on what should be done with the tariff. >> Read the Full Article
  • How to Cut Your Heating Costs

    Those of you in Australia and other southerly regions may be spending your weekends sunbathing at the beach, but for most of us in the Northern hemisphere, we've still got months of scarves, earmuffs, and snow shoveling to look forward to. The only way to escape the winter chill is to cozy up in your nice, heated house – but once you get the bill for all that hot air, you start thinking hypothermia doesn't sound so bad, after all. >> Read the Full Article
  • The Lawn Mower of My Dreams

    I’m in love. With a lawn mower. I’ve never seen her in person, as it were. I’ve never taken her for a stroll around my yard. I’ve only seen her in pictures and I’ve reviewed her, ah, “specifications.” That’s enough. I know she’s perfect for me. The lawn mower in question is Remington Power Tools new cordless PowerMower (tm). It has all the features necessary, for most of us, to replace our dirty and heavily-polluting gasoline-powered mower. >> Read the Full Article
  • Something Had to Give: How Oil Burst the American Bubble

    The economic bubble that lifted the stock market to dizzying heights was sustained as much by cheap oil as by cheap (often fraudulent) mortgages. Likewise, the collapse of the bubble was caused as much by costly (often imported) oil as by record defaults on those improvident mortgages. Oil, in fact, has played a critical, if little commented upon, role in America's current economic enfeeblement - and it will continue to drain the economy of wealth and vigor for years to come. >> Read the Full Article
  • Rounding up gases, nano-style

    Chemists unveil new process for capturing and storing gas; potential spin-offs include improvements to greenhouse gas management and fuel cell development. A new process for catching gas from the environment and holding it indefinitely in molecular-sized containers has been developed by a team of University of Calgary researchers, who say it represents a novel method of gas storage that could yield benefits for capturing, storing and transporting gases more safely and efficiently. >> Read the Full Article