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    1. U.K. Shuts Airports as Iceland Eruption Chokes Skies (Update1)

      U.K. Shuts Airports as Iceland Eruption Chokes Skies (Update1)
      Airports in the U.K. and northern Europe shut down as a cloud of volcanic ash swept south from an eruption in Iceland, disrupting travel for thousands of people booked on flights with British Airways Plc and other carriers. U.K. airspace is closed until at least 7 a.m. tomorrow, according to flight-control body National Air Traffic Services, while Norway and Sweden also shut airports as the ash threatens to stall jet engines and affect the air quality in plane cabins. British Airways scrapped flights for the rest of the day and carriers including AMR Corp.’s American Airlines cut services.
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      Mentions: Iceland Europe Norway
    2. U.K. Lawmakers Call for Intervention in Carbon Market (Update1)

      U.K. Lawmakers Call for Intervention in Carbon Market (Update1)
      Europe needs stricter limits on greenhouse gases and the power to intervene in carbon markets as its cap-and-trade program fails to encourage investments in cleaner energy, U.K. lawmakers said today in a report. “It is imperative that there are mechanisms for reducing the EU cap,” the committee said. While the U.K. alone couldn’t change EU caps, the 16-member panel representing the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties said “the U.K. should be prepared to act “unilaterally” to curb its supply of permits and “demonstrate a continuing leadership role on tackling climate change.”
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      Mentions: Europe
    3. India May Start Trading of Renewable-Energy Credits in May

      India May Start Trading of Renewable-Energy Credits in May
      India may let power companies start trading renewable-energy credits in May in a push to create a multibillion-dollar market to encourage reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions. India is pressing ahead with its own efforts to fight climate change after last month’s Copenhagen talks failed to reach a new global climate treaty. The move puts the world’s fourth-largest emitter ahead of China and other developing nations in creating a domestic emissions-trading market to boost investment in solar, wind and other clean-energy projects.
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      Mentions: Europe
    4. A Breakthrough for Hydrogen Storage?

      A Breakthrough for Hydrogen Storage?
      Israeli entrepreneur Moshe Stern admits he didn't know much about alternative energy when Russian scientist Evgeny Velikhov first approached him in 2005 about a novel technology for safely storing hydrogen gas. But four years later, the 62-year-old Stern has become an expert—and a believer. He is convinced that the Russian invention could play a major role in helping scientific institutions and industrial giants harness the commercial potential of hydrogen as a green energy source. Now, Stern's conviction has just gotten a big outside boost. The hydrogen storage technology, being developed by Stern's Swiss-based startup, C.En, has been endorsed for its safety by a top German institute—an important vote of confidence, given that hydrogen is highly explosive and that safety has long been a major stumbling block to its commercialization.
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      Mentions: Business Week
    5. Cisco's Chambers: Tough Talk on Data Centers

      Cisco's Chambers: Tough Talk on Data Centers
      Cisco Systems Chief Executive John Chambers had pointed words for journalists skeptical of his company's foray into equipment for big corporate data centers, an area of technology traditionally dominated by computer makers. "We've taken on big peers in the past," Chambers said over a bento-box lunch for members of the media at Cisco's financial analyst conference on Dec. 8. He was referring to Cisco's move early this decade into corporate telephony, a market where it now has a 33% share. "We didn't know anything about that market when we got started," he said. By contrast, data centers are run by big companies, which have been relying on Cisco (CSCO) for networking gear for 25 years. "That's our home," Chambers noted during the break in a series of presentations for analysts.
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    6. Do Electric Cars Save or Risk the Planet?

      Do Electric Cars Save or Risk the Planet?
      "Electric cars should be rewarded for their energy efficiency, not for moving emissions from exhaust pipes to powerstation chimneys" says the UK's Environmental Transport Association (ETA). In a report titled "How to avoid an electric shock—Electric cars: from hype to reality", the ETA has taken a close look at electric-powered vehicles (EVs) and their associated technologies. In what could be a shock to some commuters—and governments—the report states that EVs could potentially speed climate change, rather than reduce it, and might not be as good for the planet as some of the spin suggests. Simply put, it's not necessarily the cars themselves that will cause the damage, but the way the electricity is generated to power them and how often we drive them. For instance, EVs powered by "green energy"—wind or solar—are obviously superior, but if the electricity comes from coal, hybrids perform ...
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    7. Finding the Capital to Go Green

      Finding the Capital to Go Green
      Contrary to the popular misconception that going green is expensive, in a very large range of cases, environmental initiatives don't raise costs, they lower them—and fast. In operational areas such as facilities (heating, cooling, lighting), fleet, IT, and waste, leading companies continue to find large savings in shockingly simple actions, such as changing lighting or using outside air to cool a data center. But even for the most head-slappingly obvious changes with super-fast paybacks, companies still need to find the capital to buy the new bulbs, optimize the HVAC system, or add auxiliary power units (APUs) to trucks.
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    8. German Energy Giants Eye a Greener U.S.

      German Energy Giants Eye a Greener U.S.
      A group of academics on Friday considered the ultimate engineering challenge: building machines to stabilize the earth's climate. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology convened a symposium here to discuss the potential benefits and pitfalls of geoengineering, also called climate engineering. Everything from shooting light-blocking particles into the atmosphere to "artificial trees" is being seriously studied, despite trepidation among researchers and opposition from others. During talks Friday morning, academics said climate engineering techniques are not well understood and, because of the complexity of the global climate system, individual approaches are pockmarked with uncertainties.
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    9. Green IT Can Save Money, Too

      Green IT Can Save Money, Too
      It's no surprise that for some companies green initiatives are dropping down the list of IT priorities. In a recent silicon.com survey, more than a quarter of respondents admitted green IT was off the agenda because of the recession. But many organisations have found the key is to align green goals with broader cost-cutting initiatives—which are definitely in vogue with CIOs and CFOs. In some cases government policies are already giving businesses a shove in the right direction. For example, in July 2008, the UK government informed 10,000 businesses that they could be affected by the Carbon Reduction Commitment—a climate change and energy-saving scheme that will take effect in 2010.
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    10. Eastern Europe Jumps into Eco-Power

      Eastern Europe Jumps into Eco-Power
      Despite a wide-spread belief that former communist states are not keen on adopting green initiatives, some of the EU's member states in the east are forging ahead with renewable energy policies, according to a representative from energy giant General Electric (GE). Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic are particularly active in the field of renewable energy although Poland is lagging behind, says Rod Christie, General Electric president for central and eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS countries.
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    11. Soros to Invest $1 Billion in "Clean" Energy

      Soros to Invest $1 Billion in "Clean" Energy
      The upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen are less than two months away, and everyone is looking to throw in his/her two cents. On Oct. 10, it was billionaire George Soros’ turn to get in on the act. Giving a speech in Denmark, the man who famously ‘broke the Bank of England’ in the early 1990s now plans to invest $1 billion in clean energy technology. Another $100 million — doled out in $10 million increments annually over ten years — will fund the newly-created Climate Policy Initiative, a foundation targeted at environmental policy. That’s a sizeable amount of cash, though Soros didn’t specify where the $1 billion would be spent other than saying ‘stringent conditions’ will be used to evaluate potential investments. And in an ironic twist, Soros, who made a sizeable chunk of his fortune through currency speculation, put his support behind carbon taxes, not cap-and-trade systems. His ...
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    12. Cloud Computing: Washington vs. Washington

      Cloud Computing: Washington vs. Washington
      The feds want cloud computing services as part of their tech infrastructure, but Washington State plans to build its own data center When I spoke with U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra last month, he outlined a pragmatic approach to federal technology that involved adopting a hybrid model of data centers and cloud computing solutions. Buying infrastructure as a service instead of banking solely on energy-guzzling data centers is a good way to stretch tax dollars, he argued. Kundra's colleague, Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., shares his approach.
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    13. Now Hiring: Green-Collar Workers

      Now Hiring: Green-Collar Workers
      The federal government is poised to pump billions into clean energy projects that could create as many as 1.5 million new green jobs. When Alden Zeitz started the Wind Energy Program at Iowa Lakes Community College five years ago, 15 students enrolled. This year, 102 students enrolled in the two-year training program for wind turbine technicians, including some students who abandoned another career for the economic promise of green technology. The wind energy industry hasn't been immune to the recession, but students are counting on the federal government's injection of $80 billion in clean energy projects to change that.
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    14. EU Hails Iceland's Membership Bid

      EU Hails Iceland's Membership Bid
      European leaders welcomed a decision by the island nation—devastated by the credit crunch in 2008—to apply for EU membership, but issues remain Brussels has hailed the decision by the Icelandic parliament to give the go ahead to talks on joining the EU, suggesting it is proof of the "vitality of the European project." Iceland's legislature, the 63-seat Althingi, passed the proposal to start the EU accession process by a narrow majority of 33 votes to 28, with two abstentions, on Thursday (16 July).
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      Mentions: Iceland Europe Norway
    15. Amsterdam: A Smart City Goes Live

      Amsterdam: A Smart City Goes Live
      On the streets of Amsterdam last week, major changes were afoot. The first of 1,200 households were gearing up to install an energy-saving system aimed at cutting electricity costs. Others were given fresh access to financing from Holland's Rabobank to buy everything from energy-saving light bulbs to ultra-efficient roof insulation. And on Utrechtsestraat, a major shopping avenue in the center of the Dutch capital, solar-powered panels on local bus stops were installed to transform the road into a "Climate Street" piloting clean technology. The projects are Amsterdam's first steps toward making its infrastructure more eco-friendly. Other projects are expected to follow soon. They include 300 power hookups around the city to recharge electric cars, solar panels that will be installed on Amsterdam's historic 17th century townhouses, and infrastructure upgrades that will allow households to sell energy they generate from small-scale wind turbines or solar panels back ...
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      Mentions: Netherlands
    16. Innovation Economics Can Fight Global Warming

      Innovation Economics Can Fight Global Warming
      The U.S. House of Representatives may be on the verge of passing the most significant environmental measure since 1990. The bill, named for its sponsors, representatives Howard A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), would for the first time impose caps on carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming. It also would allow companies to buy credits from each other, permitting them to exceed their greenhouse gas limits. While the so-called cap-and-trade mechanism (or some kind of carbon pricing) is needed, it isn't enough. To really avert climate change, the government needs to adopt an explicitly green innovation policy. Unfortunately, green innovation is getting short shrift in this bill and in Washington generally.
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    17. Where Smart Money Is Going in Cleantech

      Where Smart Money Is Going in Cleantech
      The scenic Geneva lakeshore—complete with luxury houses and boutique fashion retailers—seems an odd place to tackle climate change. But in a five-star hotel on the Avenue de France in the center of the Swiss city, clean technology entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and bankers gathered on June 17 and 18 to do just that. The agenda: Identify Europe's leading cleantech startups and make deals to fund the fight against global warming. The summit, organized by the nonprofit European Tech Tour, comes at a tough time for the nascent green sector. Global venture capital investment in cleantech, which encompasses everything from solar panels to energy-efficiency lightbulbs, fell by almost half in the first quarter of 2009, compared with the same period a year earlier, to $1 billion, according to researcher The Cleantech Group. If broader mergers and acquisitions activity is included, consultantcy New Energy Finance calculates that investment in green ...
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