• Must Watch TV: Ultimate Green Machines

    LOS ANGELES - From a Maseriati Quattroporte to a '57 Chevy pick-up, all the way to a Cigarette style speedboat, the new TV show "Ultimate Green Machines" will show that any vehicle can still run as fast if not faster than their stock counterparts while being green inside and out. For the series, the producers have assembled a dream team of "off-the-grid", defiant-minded mechanics and fabricators. This team not only thinks outside the box, they are ready to tear it up on the open road and do it green. The production team will also be producing a second show called "Finding Green", an equally intense, following a man with a burning passion and a need to meet a deadline imposed by his multi-million dollar investor. Cameras follow his every move along this often rocky road, as the clock ticks away on his dream.

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  • Hydrogen Shuttle Busses At The University of Missouri

    LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., - University of Missouri-Rolla students returning to fall classes treated to hydrogen powered shuttle busses - the state's first-ever demonstration program featuring hydrogen as an alternative fuel to power campus shuttle bus services. You can thank a company called Air Products for the development of hydrogen fueling technology and hydrogen infrastructure. The university and the company installed mobile hydrogen fueler technology at a nearby industrial park to provide fuel daily for the state's first hydrogen-powered shuttle bus service.

    "It is always exciting to be part of a team leading the introduction of a new technology, and a college campus is a great place to showcase technological innovations," said Bob Kelly, business development manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products. "The shuttle buses fueled by Air Products will travel campus streets daily to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen as an alternative fuel. We are pleased to be part of the team and commend the University of Missouri-Rolla for being a leader and promoting the use of alternative fuels and transportation."

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  • Agrofuels Favor Business over Farmers

    Agrofuel development has arrived on the global stage. Just this year, the number of declarations, dollars, and development plans devoted to agrofuels is unparalleled. An idea that languished for decades has become the darling of politicians, business, financiers, and the media. Agrofuels, also known as biofuels, have been touted as the solution to the most pressing problems facing U.S. society and the planet. Promoters claim they reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stave off the end of industrial growth based on fossil fuels, are sustainable and renewable, increase energy security, and help farmers. >> Read the Full Article
  • China Faltering On Support For Solar Power: Report

    BEIJING - Solar panels could generate over 10 percent of China's power by the middle of the century, but only if Beijing steps up support for pioneering generating plants and sets more ambitious targets, a report said on Wednesday. Although it is the world's No. 3 producer of photovoltaic (PV) cells that convert sunlight into electricity, China sends 90 percent of its output abroad because it is too expensive for domestic use, according to the report launched by Greenpeace, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA) and WWF. >> Read the Full Article
  • Cooling From The Sun: SunChiller

    The SunChiller provides air cooling as a primary output, with space and water heating also possible. The system uses vacuum-tube heat-pipe solar thermal collectors to heat water, which drives an absorption chiller to provide cooling. Water serves as the "refrigerant," avoiding the use of ozone-depleting compounds. A SunChiller can be used in a hybrid system to provide space heating and water heating in addition to absorption cooling. >> Read the Full Article
  • 2008 Green Car of the Year Will be Announced at Los Angeles Auto Show

    LOS ANGELES - The winner of the 2008 Green Car of the Year award will be announced on Nov. 15 at the Los Angeles Auto Show during the show's Press Days. Green Car Journal, the leading automotive environmental magazine, initiated this annual award in 2005 and it has continued to grow in significance as consumer demand for more fuel efficient and environmentally positive vehicles has increased exponentially.

     

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  • EasyJet boss calls for polluter tax on planes

    LONDON (Reuters) - British low-cost airline easyJet called on Tuesday for the government to scrap airport taxes on passengers and replace them with taxes on aircraft that penalize the heaviest polluters.

    EasyJet Chief Executive Andy Harrison told reporters at a briefing at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London that there were roughly 15 types of passenger aircraft, and the system should be banded to take account of their fuel efficiency.

    EasyJet runs a relatively young fleet of planes that are more fuel-efficient than older models.

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  • Petrol Cars will all be banned by 2040 if ...

    Petrol Cars will all be banned by 2040 if the lib Dems’ move is seen by many as an attempt to regain a foothold in mainstream politics by becoming radical innovators.  Their leader Sir Menzies Campbell said that the Liberal Democrats were the only party that were prepared to stand up and address what changes need to be implemented to tackle the negative effects of climate change. >> Read the Full Article
  • PetroChina Wins Environmental Clearance Before IPO

    BEIJING - PetroChina (0857.HK: QuoteProfile , Research), Asia's top oil and gas company, has won environmental clearance for its oil and petrochemical projects to be funded by a planned domestic stock offering, the country's environment watchdog said. >> Read the Full Article
  • A Little Frightening, a little good news on climate and energy.

    Sometimes the news makes you want to crawl under your bed and hide. Other times there’s great hope and I'm ready to dance and cheer. These related stories for the week beginning September 9, 2007:

    As frightening as the news may be, there’s continued effort to take some action whether it’s in the court room or the shops and labs of the world’s technology developers. Whether this is all too late remains to be seen.

     

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