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  • First Jet Flies Powered By Algal Fuel
    01/09/2009 3:56PM
    Algae makes far more sense than any other source for transportation fuels (given its 30:1 yield advantage over any other biofuel crop) so this is big news. Aside from being carbon neutral, algal sourced fuels carry the additional benefit of not competing with food crops for arable land. Get the details [here ... Read Full Article
  • Biochar-Agrichar: New/Old Technology As A Weapon Against Climate Change
    09/11/2008 9:30AM
    A new take on 2500 year old technology could help make a huge dent in the greenhouse gas problem, while simultaneously improving soils and agricultural output. See the video introduction [here][1]. [1]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzmpWR6JUZQ&feature=related ... Read Full Article
  • Open Source Climate Change Mitigation
    07/21/2008 5:18PM
    Looks like an old idea for fixing excess atmospheric CO2 levels is gaining new life, and may prove to be practical after all: seeding the oceans with treated limestone. Supporters claim this approach would not only increase the ocean's ability to absorb CO2, but fix the PH problem (acidification) created by the i ... Read Full Article
  • Buying Into Patent Lawsuits
    05/03/2007 12:16PM
    A glimmer of hope from the WashingtonPost: "The most grating fact about many of these lawsuits is that they were brought by companies with little or no record of doing much with their patented innovations. It can seem that patent lawsuits are the last refuge of the incompetent -- and an annoyingly effective ... Read Full Article
  • Practical Atmospheric C02 Scrubbing
    04/26/2007 9:16AM
    Looks like a small startup in Arizona has gotten through the first stages of testing an atmospheric C02 scrubbing device; Get the details [here.][1] If they continue to be successful, one can only hope they go public... [1]: http://www.physorg.com/news96732819.html ... Read Full Article
  • Technology May Save Or Destroy Us This Century
    10/05/2006 9:08AM
    According to this [article:][1]  "The continual advancement of [technology][2] will be critical in determining whether humanity will evolve into a true global civilization or destroy itself in the next century, a panel of experts said this week." [1]: http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20060930/sc_space/expert ... Read Full Article
  • California Steps Up In the Climate Battle
    09/28/2006 9:04AM
    The governor of California signed [landmark lesgislation][1] on Wednesday that aims to cap and then reduce the state's greehouse gas emissions. Let's hope they can make it stick and that other states quickly follow--not surprisingly, Washington remains asleep at the wheel on this issue--and continues to duck respo ... Read Full Article
  • The Next Logical Step: Biomimicry
    09/27/2006 11:23AM
    Biomimicry: the art/science of life imitation. Proponents quite logically believe that instead of trying to reinvent the wheel (which we've been doing in most cases with technology since the beginning of the industrial revolution), why not do what already works? By studying nature's existing processes (which ... Read Full Article
  • Honda Claims Clean Diesel Breakthrough
    09/24/2006 11:50PM
    Honda may have done it again. They are announcing that they've developed a new diesel catalyst system that eliminates NOX (nitrogen oxide) emissions, the primary component of concern in diesel exhaust. Get the details [here.][1] They say that they plan to start selling vehicles equipped with the new technolo ... Read Full Article
  • Renewable Energy, Green Building, etc. Conference in DC Oct 14th + 15th
    09/24/2006 2:42PM
    Got a flyer in the mail for a "Green Festival" at the DC Convention Center on Oct 14th and 15th. Exhibitors include companies from the Green Building and Energy world in addition to renewable energy companies including a fuel cell company. More information on the [greenfestivals.org site.][1] [1]: http ... Read Full Article
  • You go, Clinton!
    09/23/2006 10:14AM
    As reported on Slashdot:* "ABC news is reporting that former President Bill Clinton has announced the creation of a $1 Billion [investment fund devoted to renewable energy][1]. This will be an investment fund as opposed to charity, and Clinton has said that 'The Green Fund would focus on reducing dependence o ... Read Full Article
  • This Could Change Everything
    09/21/2006 12:03AM
    Eestor, a privately held Texas company (no website) has [a new battery technology][1] . They plan on producing a high output solid state battery with a million+ charge cycle capacity, and a recharge time of minutes instead of hours (already tested). It is expected to be cost competive with lead acid batteries. I ... Read Full Article
  • GM (!?!) Ahead Of the Crowd (?!?)
    09/20/2006 9:16AM
    Astoundingly enough, it appears that GM may have a [price competive fuel cell powered vehicle][1] available by 2010, jumping ahead of nearly all competitors. If they can pull this off, it would be huge for GM and for the fight against climate change. Supposedly, they will begin giving loaning out test vehicles to ... Read Full Article
  • More on Compact Fluorescents
    08/29/2006 5:35PM
    According to slashdot: *"if every one of 110 million American households bought just one [CFL], took it home, and screwed it in the place of an ordinary 60-watt bulb, the energy saved would be enough to power a city of 1.5 million people. One bulb swapped out, enough electricity saved to power all the homes i ... Read Full Article
  • Greening of Chicago Starts at the Top Floor
    08/10/2006 9:47AM
    This is a topic I've been thinking about alot recently. Global warming researchers seem to focus exclusively on CO2 concentrations. Few people are talking about localized warming due to the effects of all this tar, asphalt and concrete. It seems to me that in addition to sequestering CO2, planting trees and other gree ... Read Full Article
  • Mercedes Smart Car Finally Available In US
    05/18/2006 1:24PM
    ...but NOT through Mercedes. Rather, ZAPcars has become a direct importer for the cars and has the exclusive ten year distribution rights in the US. Only the gas two door version will be available in the US; you'll have to gray market a diesel model from Canada if you want one, and forget the four door model. The ... Read Full Article
  • How To Convert Greenhouse Emissions To Fuel
    01/11/2006 4:47PM
    As reported in the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, /. and elsewhere, a number of companies are now working on algae based systems that will convert smokestack greenhouse gases into algae with high oil concentrations (50% by weight). The algae is then converted in to Biodiesel and ethanol, after reducing CO2 ... Read Full Article
  • Truckers Take First Steps Toward Hydrogen
    11/17/2005 11:44PM
    It turns out that long haul truckers have been retrofitting their diesel rigs with on-the-fly Hydrogen generators. The hydrogen is injected into the fuel system of the truck for significant gains in power, fuel economy and pollution reduction. Get the details [here.][1] [1]: http://www.wired.com/news/autotech/0,2554, ... Read Full Article
  • It has to be a hoax, Slashdot reports a "story-line" is about to be patented.
    11/04/2005 12:51AM
    As reported on slashdot: *"The USPTO will issue the [first storyline patent in history today][1], with two others following in the next few monts. [Right to Create points out][2] that this was [anticipated several months ago][3] in a story by Richard Stallman published in the The Guardian, UK. With the publi ... Read Full Article
  • More On Why Diesels Make So Much Sense
    09/09/2005 6:05PM
    Another article on why diesels make are starting to make even more [sense][1] now, though they've been a good choice for quite some time. [1]: http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/29/Autos/tipsandadvice/diesels/index.htm ... Read Full Article
  • Expand Or Expire
    09/07/2005 2:51PM
    This is a development I'm certainly glad to see. I've been of the opinion for quite some time that if we don't start colonizing near planets and stars that our long term survival prospects aren't very good. [Wired][1] is running an article about a company called 4 frontiers that plans to actively pursue mars colon ... Read Full Article
  • Does Oil Have Future?
    08/31/2005 8:54AM
    Even to the most conventional of thinkers, the answer is not as clear as it used to [be.][1] [1]: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200510/oil-on-its-way-out ... Read Full Article
  • Rise Of The Diesel
    08/26/2005 12:53AM
    While [this article][1] is Eurocentric in its focus, the point is pretty clear. Diesel sales are rising dramatically around the world for a number of reasons. Modern diesels are quiet, non-smoky, and powerful. They also pollute less than their gasoline powered counterparts and and operate up to 40% more efficien ... Read Full Article
  • Ha! SCO UnixWare included Linux kernel code!
    08/09/2005 11:37PM
    This is a good one.  Apparently until some point last year there was actually GPLed Linux kernel code in proprietary SCO UnixWare!  Does anyone hear the pot boiling? [Full article on Groklaw][1] [1]: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20050809082902461 ... Read Full Article
  • Europe rejects patent proposal
    07/06/2005 2:15PM
    Some much needed good news according to news.com: **"The European Parliament has rejected a controversial measure that would have legalized software patents in the European Union." ** You can read the [full article at news.com.][1] [1]: http://news.com.com/Europe+rejects+patent+proposal/2100-1014_3-577 ... Read Full Article