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    1. WSJ: Forget the UN Climate Convention -- Rethink Innovation Instead

      WSJ: Forget the UN Climate Convention -- Rethink Innovation Instead
      The failure of the U.N. climate process is proof that shared economic sacrifice cannot be the basis of global action. Nations will not scale up clean energy as long as it remains so much more expensive than fossil fuels. Thinking past talks in Cancun, nations should focus instead on energy innovation, adaptation, and no regrets policies that do not require agreement about global warming. The first step is recognizing that the global market for clean energy exists only thanks to government subsidies and mandates. Instead of imposing emissions controls and subsidizing existing technologies, nations should use competitive deployment to purchase advanced energy technologies, benchmark the winners, and allow intellectual property to spill-over between firms and nations. This is the framework we propose for pragmatic global climate action in the cover story for a special energy section in today's Wall Street Journal, pegged to the start of U.N ...
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    2. Study warns against hyping carbon-fixing biochar

      Study warns against hyping carbon-fixing biochar
      Of all the approaches to cutting carbon emissions, making charcoal and putting it in the ground as fertilizer would seem one of the least controversial. But a report published today offers words of caution around expecting too much from biochar. Biochar, also called man-made charcoal, is made by decomposing plants and other organic materials into charcoal through pyrolysis, or slowly burning biomass at high temperatures with no oxygen. The resulting biochar can be used as a soil fertilizer, a technique used by ancient civilizations in the Amazon.
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    3. Green on Facebook Aims to Fend-Off Coal Criticisms

      Green on Facebook Aims to Fend-Off Coal Criticisms
      Coal-fired electricity is still the cheapest form of electricity around, that is, if you don't count the environmental and social costs of emitting large amounts of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury into our air and water. The right mix of cheap electricity, cheap labor, and proximity to raw materials and transportation arteries were key to determining the landscape of economic development in this country for the better part of a century. Yet as this country drifts away from a manufacturing-centered economy towards an information-centered one, with more data centers being built than manufacturing plants, the practice of locating energy-intensive businesses near cheap electricity remains.
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    4. Nations That Debate Coal Use Export It to Feed China’s Need

      Nations That Debate Coal Use Export It to Feed China’s Need
      Even as developed countries close or limit the construction of coal-fired power plants out of concern over pollution and climate-warming emissions, coal has found a rapidly expanding market elsewhere: Asia, particularly China. At ports in Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Colombia and South Africa, ships are lining up to load coal for furnaces in China, which has evolved virtually overnight from a coal exporter to one of the world’s leading purchasers.
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    5. Cbi Comments On Government’S Changes To Carbon Reduction Scheme

      Cbi Comments On Government’S Changes To Carbon Reduction Scheme
      The CBI today (Wednesday) reacted to a speech by Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, at the CBIs Climate Change Summit 2010, in which he announced a consultation on the Carbon Reduction Commitment and a delay in the introduction of phase two the trading part of the s...
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    6. Study: Cloud computing for business uses less energy

      Study: Cloud computing for business uses less energy
      A Microsoft-sponsored analysis released today reaffirms what many tech companies have long been saying: computing is more efficient when it's concentrated in the "cloud" at giant data centers. The range of savings from having hosted vs. on-premise IT infrastructure is between 30 percent and 90 percent, according to the study, which was conducted by Accenture and sustainability consulting company WSP Energy & Environment. The greatest energy and greenhouse reductions can be achieved by small businesses with fewer than 100 users. The study was designed around a comparison of three Microsoft applications--SharePoint, Exchange, and Dynamics CRM--in an on-premise mode or using the online versions.
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    7. Jump in Energy Demand Seen by 2035

      Jump in Energy Demand Seen by 2035
      World energy demand will grow by more than a third over the next 25 years, led by increased consumption in China, and fossil fuels will still predominate, an influential forecasting agency said Tuesday. In its annual World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency also predicted that oil prices would rise to $113 per barrel in 2035 from just over $60 per barrel in 2009, due to growing demand for cars and airplanes and increasingly difficult to reach reserves.
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    8. Carbon Reduction Beyond Cap and Trade or the Carbon Tax

      Carbon Reduction Beyond Cap and Trade or the Carbon Tax
      With all the commotion over the up coming November mid-term elections, the recent death of cap-and-trade has been quietly dismissed. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES), more commonly known as the Waxman-Markey Bill, was intended to set a price for carbon. Since the threat of pricing carbon through legislation has disappeared, the current market for carbon offsets at the Chicago Climate Exchange has plummeted next to zero. This begs the question, is passing carbon legislation hopeless? What other alternatives to carbon legislation is out there?
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    9. Ice balls help data center go green

      Ice balls help data center go green
      Green isn't usually the first color that comes to mind when one visits the hot, dry desert climate of Phoenix, where temperatures recently topped 109 degrees. But that's exactly where I/O Data Center has opened a 180,000-square-foot commercial data center collocation facility that couples an energy-efficient design with the use of innovative green technologies. Those range from an unusual setup ...
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    10. Exemption Deals Possible on E.U. Airline Emissions Regulations

      Exemption Deals Possible on E.U. Airline Emissions Regulations
      The transportation chief of the European Union said Monday that airlines based in the United States could receive an exemption, at least in part, from European carbon regulations if Washington moved to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home. Enlarge This Image Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News European Union officials are trying to persuade airlines based elsewhere to comply with European climate policies. “We are ready to negotiate and to talk about these issues and not only make declarations,” Siim Kallas, the European commissioner for transportation, said during a news conference. “Adequate measures from other countries can be taken into account.”
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    11. Airlines Strike Global Deal on Emissions Cuts

      Airlines Strike Global Deal on Emissions Cuts
      The European Union can move ahead with plans to charge airlines for emissions permits starting in 2012, after airlines agreed to a global deal on emissions cuts, according to the European Commission, reports Reuters. In 2008, the EU agreed to include aviation in its emissions trading scheme (ETS), under which airlines would pay permits for each [...]
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    12. In Europe, Companies Work the Angles on the Carbon Trade

      In Europe, Companies Work the Angles on the Carbon Trade
      Carbon trading, also known as cap and trade, has suffered a lot of hiccups in Europe over the past five years. Conceived to make it more expensive to emit greenhouse gases, the fledgling system in the European Union has been rocked by extreme volatility, cyber- attacks, tax fraud, recycling of used credits and suspicions of profiteering. Despite those difficulties, carbon trading has developed into a business worth about $140 billion annually. While most of that business is concentrated in Europe, Asian nations are rolling out systems and Australia and the United States are still considering using trading as a tool for cutting carbon in the future.
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    13. U.S. signs lease for Cape Wind project

      U.S. signs lease for Cape Wind project
      U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday formally signed the nation's first lease for a major offshore wind project, as the Obama administration pushes forward to boost renewable energy output. The lease for the controversial $1 billion Cape Wind wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts officially ends a nine-year regulatory process for the project. "Our responsibility now is to take the lessons learned from that process--and from the growing pool of experiences with offshore wind development around the globe--and build a smart U.S. program," Salazar said at an offshore wind energy conference in Atlantic City, N.J.
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    14. A First Day Look at the Philomathia Foundation Symposium at Berkeley: Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future

      A First Day Look at the Philomathia Foundation Symposium at Berkeley: Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future
      At the opening day of the Philomathia Foundation Symposium at Berkeley: Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future, the audience learned the following three facts: as a result of carbon emissions from human activity, our planet’s climate is changing faster than models have predicted; improved energy efficiency alone is not enough to fix the problem, therefore new breakthroughs in sustainable energy technologies are needed; however, as a nation, we spend more money on potato chips than we do on sustainable energy research and development. Graham Fleming (photo by Peg Skorpinski) “The provision of sustainable energy is the defining problem of the 21st century, one that presents a challenge of unprecedented scale. Decisions we make now will influence the planet for thousands of years, and dictate our quality of life in both the near and long term,” said Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California (UC) Berkeley ...
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    15. Oracle Folds Carbon, E-Waste Management Features Into Products

      Oracle Folds Carbon, E-Waste Management Features Into Products
      Colorado State University revealed last week it is using servers and other technologies from Oracle to reduce the environmental footprint of one of its residence halls. The news follows two announcements from Oracle about features its has added to two products in a bid to make it easier for companies to manage their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and e-waste. The moves are part of Oracle's long-term goal of providing a common set of metrics and analytics across a range of sustainability data sources. "They add to a broad set of capabilities that show up everywhere in our product lines, such as how we design products, how we manufacture products, how we deal with logistics and transportation, how we design logistics networks," said Jon Chorley, Oracle's vice president of supply chain execution and product life cycle management strategy.
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    16. GreenQloud Carbon-Neutral Data Centre Moves Into Beta

      GreenQloud Carbon-Neutral Data Centre Moves Into Beta
      GreenQloud has laid plans to open what it claims to be the world’s first carbon-neutral cloud service. The service is entering beta testing at the moment and will go live at the end of the first quarter 2011. The data centre only uses renewable energy provided by the geothermal springs and hydropower available at the centre’s location in Iceland. Eirkur Hrafnsson, GreenQloud’s CEO and co-founder, claimed that this location also makes it possible for companies based in Europe and America to have a common data centre. This would avoid moving data across frontiers and would be cheaper than having to source facilities in two or more countries.
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    17. Perspectives on Facebook's Coal Problem

      Perspectives on Facebook's Coal Problem
      Over the past month in the blogosphere we’ve seen increasing attention paid to our popular campaign for Facebook to choose renewables not coal, and the coverage has become quite a game of “he said, she said”. The onslaught of commentary ignited when our Executive Director sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg on September 1st, asking him to demonstrate bolder climate leadership. It blazed ever brighter after Facebook responded to Kumi’s demands on our Cool IT blog. And, finally, it flared up again after the release of our “So Coal Network” video spoof, which reinforced the assertion that Facebook should make a choice to run its data servers on clean, renewable energy instead of coal.
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    18. South Korea firms jump onto solar bandwagon

      South Korea firms jump onto solar bandwagon
      outh Korea's technology giants are behind the pace in getting on the $35 billion global solar energy bandwagon, but are now making up for lost time, snapping up assets overseas. The push factors are compelling. The markets for their traditional businesses in chips and LCD screens are saturated and their margins thinning while their rivals in Japan and Taiwan are already racing ahead in the green technology arena. This year, the market share of South Korean companies in the global solar cells business is expected nearly double to 4.7 percent versus a year ago, according to Mark Jee, a senior researcher at Solar & Energy, a photovoltaic market research institute in Seoul.
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    19. Georgia Power Captures Carbon

      Georgia Power Captures Carbon
      Georgia Power has captured carbon dioxide for the first time at one of its coal-fired power plants. Plant Yates is the company’s first experimental site. The plant is one of Georgia Power’s oldest coal-fired power plants. In the experiment a solvent was mixed into the carbon filled gas that escapes the smokestack. Officials say the carbon got trapped in the solvent but there was no place yet to store it, so it had to be released. Georgia Power’s Jeff Wilson says they are still 5 to 10 years away from removing carbon on a large scale, but experiments will continue.
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    20. Iron, Power, and Cloud Computing: Let's Get Real

      Iron, Power, and Cloud Computing: Let's Get Real
      I'm the least sure of opinions that people are most sure of. And I'm supposed to be writing about Cloud Computing, not geopolitical debate. Whether we like it or not, these two things are intertwined, because the fundamental underlying all things Cloud is energy: its use, its price, and the competition for it. Most people have very strong opinions about energy--how we produce it and use it--and in my opinion, those opinions often cloud the debate. If you hate coal or nuclear power, you really hate them. If you are contemptuous of wind and solar, you are really contemptuous of them. But let's pretend we are the hypothetical Martians of old, and gaze down on Planet Earth to examine its needs dispassionately.
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    21. N.Y. Jets on offense with solar power

      N.Y. Jets on offense with solar power
      More than 3,000 solar panels from manufacturer Yingli Solar have been installed at the team's Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park, N.J., making them green in terms of energy as well as uniform. The solar system will provide the team's 120,000-square-foot training, teaching, and medical facility with 750,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. The New York Jets claim it's the largest photovoltaic system currently installed at any National Football League team headquarters. "This project is the first of many green initiatives on behalf of the team, and we are proud to be green in color and also in deed," Thad Sheely, the New York Jets executive vice president of finance and stadium development, said in a statement.
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    22. CBI reaction to recommendations on Carbon Reduction Commitment

      CBI reaction to recommendations on Carbon Reduction Commitment
      The CBI today (Friday) commented on the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation for the Government to re-design the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme. Dr Neil Bentley, CBI Director for Business Environment, said: “An effective CRC would encourage businesses to cut their energy use, but in reality many firms’ experiences of complying with the scheme have been slow and arduous. It is a sad state of affairs that the current CRC risks distracting organisations from the real goal of energy efficiency.
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    23. Greenpeace Spoof Slates Facebook’s ‘Dirty Data’

      Greenpeace Spoof Slates Facebook’s ‘Dirty Data’
      A Greenpeace animated video called "The So Coal Network" is taking on the Facebook movie, "The Social Network". Greenpeace has created a short animated film called “The So Coal Network”, which attacks the social network for its use of coal-fired electricity, although Greenpeace says its data centre is one of the world’s greenest. The Greenpeace movie is timed to coincide with the release of “The Social Network” – a movie about the founders of Facebook. The Social Network, due for release in October, is based on Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg and former pop-sensation Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker – founder of Napster and one-time Facebook president.
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    24. Netmagic's Chennai Data Center Receives LEED Gold Rating

      Netmagic's Chennai Data Center Receives LEED Gold Rating
      Netmagic Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a managed IT hosting service provider in India, announced that its Chennai data center has been recognized as India’s first Gold rated data center under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Commercial Interior (CI) program of United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED certification is an internationally recognized program and is considered one of the highest standards for energy efficient constructions. Netmagic’s Chennai data center incorporates several green features such as site ecology, water conservation, smart energy meters and equipments, reduction of CO2 emissions, high recycle content, effective waste management, eco-friendly interiors, etc. that make the facility truly energy efficient and sustainable. "We are delighted having received this prestigious certification as it recognizes and acknowledges our efforts in building sustainable and energy efficient data centers. We are committed towards reducing carbon footprints across our data centers and offices in Chennai, Mumbai ...
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