1. Articles in category: Fossil Fuel

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    1. The Inconvenient Truth About Carbon Intensity

      The Inconvenient Truth About Carbon Intensity
      There’s nothing like being specific, and being persistent. Last year, environmental campaigner Greenpeace asked Facebook to stop using coal-fired power in its power stations; this year, it’s back on the subject. And this time it’s setting a deadline. Greenpeace has asked Facebook to commit, before Earth Day, to stop using carbon-fired electricity within ten years. For nearly a year, Facebook has been asking cloud operators and social networks to clean up their IT acts, but has focused on Facebook since last September, as the biggest and most obvious target.
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    2. Greenpeace Sets Deadline For Facebook To ‘Unfriend’ Coal

      Greenpeace Sets Deadline For Facebook To ‘Unfriend’ Coal
      Greenpeace has asked social networking giant Facebook to make a promise on Earth Day (22 April), to stop using coal-fired electricity. The environmental campaign group’s “Unfriend Coal” campaign has singled out Facebook in its war on dirty tech, because of the company’s decision to site its first wholly-owned data centre in Oregon, using electricity from PacificCorp, an energy company which makes two thirds of its power using coal. Greenpeace wants Facebook to promise to increase its use of clean energy, develop a plan to mitigate its climate footprint and become coal-free by 2021. It has also asked the company to educate its users about how its services are powered, and advocate for clean energy at a local, national and international level.
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    3. Iceland Has the World's Cleanest Electricity

      Iceland Has the World's Cleanest Electricity
      Not many bathing spas would choose to locate next to an electricity plant, let alone plunge visitors into the plant's murky waters. But in Iceland, the HS Orka utility company pumps 50 L of hot brine per second into the sprawling Blue Lagoon pool, which draws more visitors a year than the country's population. But then, there's a lot that's different on this subarctic island where 318,000 people inhabit 103,000 sq. km. (At that density, Manhattan's population would be 224.) They eat puffin. The 68-year-old Prime Minister married her female partner in June. The capital, Reykjavík, elected a comedian as mayor in May. Angry protesters outside Parliament in October tossed not blood but yogurt. "We are a little bit strange," allows Katrin Juliusdottir, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism. "But strange in an interesting way."
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    4. GreenWise poll: will 2011 be significant for green business?

      GreenWise poll: will 2011 be significant for green business?
      GreenWise polled 25 firms, NGOs, business groups and commentators for their views on the outlook for the low carbon economy and green business in 2011. We asked them: Will 2011 be a significant year for the low carbon economy and green business, and if so, why? Green business Paul Turner, head of Sustainable Development, Lloyds Banking Group: There are a number of forces at play which leads me to believe 2011 will be a good year for the ’green economy’ and hopefully a significant one too.
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    5. Data Center Energy Sources: A Game of Give and Take

      Data Center Energy Sources: A Game of Give and Take
      If increasing demand for IT resources and increasing public awareness of environmental issues have combined to say one thing, it’s that data centers are energy hogs. To some extent, this is unavoidable: if consumers and businesses want IT services, data centers must consume energy to provide them. Data processing, transmission, and storage—even in an ideal world with perfectly efficient, 100% utilized equipment—all require energy. Consequently, more demand means more energy consumption. So what is the best energy source for a data center that wants to meet customer demand and also appease its environmental conscience? The answer to that question is less than clear. If we set aside efforts to increase efficiency and resource utilization (efforts that have limits), The IT industry can meet demand in an environmentally responsible manner either by choosing an appropriate type (or a mix) of energy sources or by cutting back on the ...
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    6. Location and Cost Lawuits Against Renewable Energy

      Location and Cost Lawuits Against Renewable Energy
      There are two types of lawsuits facing Renewable Energy projects around the country. The first involves the same issue faced by all major developments, siting and location. The second type of lawsuit facing the Renewable Energy sector is over the cost of its energy or what the ratepayer must pay for the price of kilowatt hour of energy from wind or solar. The siting or location issue has been handled by many states in the same way the cell phone tower debate was handled, the establishment of a state siting board. Most states allow some kind of home rule, allowing a specific town or city to opt out of a Renewable Energy project. Some states do not allow this. Many of the states use the local jurisdiction opt out as way for property owners and abutters to air their grievances against a project at the local town planning board hearings ...
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    7. Carbon Regulations in 2011: How Bad Will it Get?

      Carbon Regulations in 2011: How Bad Will it Get?
      2010 was supposed to be the year that the U.S. got serious about carbon emissions and the global warming it supposedly causes. A serious attack on carbon emissions, plus a carbon cap-and-trade scheme, would have created a limit on carbon from all industrial sectors while allowing some industries to continue emitting through the purchase of carbon allowances, and other industries to profit by selling those allowances. All this was supposed to set up the grand debut of Green IT was a key player in making those reductions possible. After all, IT emits as much carbon as the aviation sector, and that number is expected to grow as more data center come online to serve an increasingly connected and online global population. Well, it didn't quite work out that way. Raging battles over other legislative priorities and dithering by China and India, as well as public embarrassments such as ...
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    8. Hydropower Makes Data Centre Carbon Neutral

      Hydropower Makes Data Centre Carbon Neutral
      IT hosting company UKFast is claiming to be the first carbon neutral hosting company in Britain, after achieving the PAS 2060 (Publicly Available Specification 2060) certification of carbon neutrality published by the British Standards Institution. Colombia, Antioquia Department - La Cascada The PAS certification confirms that all of UKFast’s in-house CO2 emissions have been offset – from staff travel to data centre emissions. The offsetting has been achieved through contributions to three large-scale hydroelectric power schemes in Columbia (left), Brazil and Turkey.
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    9. Data Centre Carbon Counting – Could It Cool The Arguments?

      Data Centre Carbon Counting – Could It Cool The Arguments?
      When Facebook fell out with Greenpeace over coal-fired power, the new Green Grid measurement might have helped sort things out, says Peter Judge. Arguments about data centre power took a nasty turn earlier this year. Facebook announced it had a very efficient new data centre, in Oregon, that used just about as little energy as it possibly could. And suddenly Greenpeace started kicking it hard, because the energy it did use, came from coal-fired power stations. Facebook built its data centre – the first one it fully owned – in Pineville, Oregon, and it is impressively efficient. The local climate allows it to use outside air temperatures for cooling most of the year round, so it doesn’t have to waste much electricity on refrigeration for the servers.
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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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