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NewCO2Fuels Uses Sunlight To Make New Fuels From Old Emissions

The name pretty much says it all: the Israeli company NewCO2Fuels has developed a solar powered carbon capture process that converts carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen, which are reclaimed and processed into fuels. The basic concept is...

Posted January 25, 2014    

$36 Trillion Push For Clean Energy Investment

Oh, the irony. With the devastating coal-related West Virginia chemical spill barely a week behind us, hundreds of leading investment and financial executives gathered at the United Nations for the Investor Summit on Climate Risk on January 15, to...

Posted January 17, 2014    

West Virginia Chemical Spill Another Black Eye For 'Clean Coal'

If you didn’t know what Crude MCHM was on Thursday,  given the nine-county water crisis unfolding in West Virginia you probably know by now that it’s short for 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a foaming agent that is used to clean coal. The...

Posted January 16, 2014    

Army Soldiers On With Energy Projects, Despite Budget Cuts

Into the trash can went $250 million worth of alternative energy and energy conservation projects for the US Army last year, thanks to the federal budget compromise of across-the-board cuts known as the “sequestration.” That’s really cutting off...

Posted January 12, 2014    

John Kerry Throws More Cold Water On Keystone XL Pipeline

The tubes have been buzzing over a new New York Times report on Secretary of State John Kerry’s aggressive pursuit of a new global climate agreement, which has some clear implications for approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil...

Posted January 9, 2014    

Wall Street Suddenly Loves Solar, Just In Time For New Solar Cell Efficiency Breakthrough

Over the weekend, the New York Times noted that the solar power “craze” is partly responsible for Wall Street’s recent good times. The Times used the example of solar giant SolarCity, which has seen a sevenfold increase in its share price to $59.27...

Posted January 7, 2014    

Graphene Heats Up Race For Cheap Organic Solar Cells

Does Robin Thicke’s notorious hit “Blurred Lines” contain secret references to graphene? We don’t know, but we are  interrupting our New Year’s Day Walking Dead marathon to bring you news that graphene, the notoriously hard-to-handle...

Posted January 5, 2014    

Giant Gleaming Eggs Will Help Solve Urban Water, Energy and Waste Problems

Not too long ago, cities could be labeled strictly as takers: taking in food, water, energy and other resources, while dumping out mountains of garbage and oceans of polluted wastewater. But take a look at the gigantic egg-shaped structures that...

Posted January 3, 2014    

Algae Oil Poised For World Domination, Eventually

Don’t be surprised if you wake up one day to find that the petroleum economy has been nudged aside by a startling diversity of alternative fuels topped by algae oil. The geopolitical implications alone are staggering given that various forms of...

Posted December 31, 2013    

Purdue U. Debuts New Green Wonder Material

If you thought graphene was the wonder material of the new millennium, hold on to your hats because another wonder material just rode into town and this one promises to be just as interesting. A team of researchers at Purdue University has...

Posted December 21, 2013    

Podesta Opens Keystone Can Of Worms But This New Solar Grant Could Close It

Advocates for the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline got a roller coaster of a ride this week when the White House announced the appointment of well known Keystone opponent John Podesta to be White House counselor, only to follow up...

Posted December 18, 2013    

Imagine If Your Electric Bus Could Go Forever ...

The power management and automotive company Eaton has just introduced its new HyperCharger wireless charging system for electric buses in Europe, demonstrating once again that electric vehicle technology provides new opportunities that liquid fuels...

Posted December 15, 2013