And the Smallest Shall Lead - The Marshall Islands Tackle Renewable Energy

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October 7, 2015 - Small island nations are most vulnerable to fluctuating energy costs. They also are most vulnerable to climate change. It makes sense, therefore, that their governments take the lead in finding a path to a sustainable future that doesn't rely on fossil fuels.

In a Week of Moving All Kinds of Interesting Discoveries and Announcements Occurred

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October 2, 2015 - This last week has proven to be tougher than both my wife and I thought. Moving at our age leads to lots of aches and pains. There is only so much that these old bones and muscles can endure before they protest seeking acetaminophen or something stronger to stop the ache.

Companies Factor Carbon Pricing Into Financial Plans

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September 23, 2015 - In 2015 437 companies so far have factored carbon emissions in their financial planning.

Hawaii Proving Good Test Case for Conversion to Renewable Energy

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September 15, 2015 - What better place could you find than Hawaii to test and debug continuous 24-hour renewable energy systems. Blessed with sunshine, wind, tides and wave energy the state is a perfect laboratory to create an energy infrastructure free from fossil fuels.

Carbon Capture from the Air Technology Demonstrated

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August 21, 2015 - If we could directly harvest carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and separate and capture the carbon while converting what's left to oxygen then that would really be a technology breakthrough of consequence in our fight against global warming. Sounds like science fiction? Well it's not.

Zero-Carbon Initiative Helps Home Owners Judge Solar Potential of Their Roofs

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August 19, 2015 - I am often asked by readers if it is worth putting solar panels on the roof of their homes. Here in Toronto solar powered houses are few and far between. But just because Toronto is in a northern country doesn't mean solar power is not a good alternative to grid-delivered electricity.

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Lamp That Runs on Saltwater

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August 18, 2015 - It goes by the acronym SALt. It is the invention of a brother and sister from the Philippines. And it is an answer to a long enduring problem in the Developing World, providing light after dark when you have no access to power from a local or national grid.


Maladaptation Related to Climate Change a Growing Concern

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August 16, 2015 - When my wife and I were in Florida last winter we drove along A1A, the roadway next to the Atlantic Ocean, where the City of Fort Lauderdale was in the process of spending $11.8 million to mitigate against future hurricanes and "storms of the century"

Is MIT's New Fusion Reactor Concept the Answer to Unlimited Power?

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August 12, 2015 - The promise of an affordable commercial fusion reactor continues to be ten years out. It was ten years out in 1990. Ten years out in 2000. And ten years out in 2010. There is pattern here. The promise of fusion is constantly receding into the future.

The Coal Era to End in New Zealand - Listen up America

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August 9, 2015 - Kiwi country announced this week that their remaining two coal-fired power plants will be shut down as of 2018. Now one cannot compare the carbon emissions of New Zealand with those of the United States, China, or even Australia, New Zealand's nearest neighbour, but decommissioning coal-generated energy sources even in two plants cannot hurt.


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