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Waste-to-fuel venture struggles for finance

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AN Australian entrepreneur behind a $1 billion venture turning waste plastics into diesel says the export deal may collapse because the Rudd government won’t provide financial assistance. Ray Peck’s company, Ozmotech, has agreements signed to build more than 90 plants in Europe and the US to produce synthetic diesel. But he said the venture needed […]


Scientists Find Successful Way To Reduce Bat Deaths At Wind Turbines

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ScienceDaily “Biologically, this makes sense as bats are more likely to fly when wind speeds are relatively low. When it’s really windy, which is when the turbines are reaping the most energy, bats don’t like to fly. There is a potential for biology and economics to mesh nicely,” says U of C biology professor Robert […]


Warren Buffett weighs in on Bernanke, Obama, China and oil

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Uber-investor Warren Buffett has always seemed more accessible than your typical CEO. That’s thanks in no small part to his widely read — and plainly written — annual letters to Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) shareholders. But he’s plenty interesting speaking off the cuff as well, as he demonstrates in a series of quick online videos posted […]


Former Gov. George Allen speaks at town hall meeting

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Former Virginia Gov. George Allen told a group of 50 students and community members in Jepson Hall Tuesday night that the United States could be the Saudi Arabia of coal and that Virginia could be a leader in breaking America Allen, who has been out of public office since losing his U.S. Senate seat to […]


Energy guru says green needn

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Amory Lovins runs the numbers for an oil-free, nuclear-free future If someone told you America’s long-term energy needs could be met without oil or nuclear power, would you think he was crazy? The craziest thing about Amory Lovins is that he says the financial numbers prove it. “We feel very comfortable that we’re likely to […]


China likely to make breakthrough in tapping gas hydrates

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China will likely make a breakthrough in developing gas hydrates, which have been recently discovered on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, according to an expert in geological prospecting. The hydrate, which is also known as combustible ice, is a solid matter formed by water and natural gas under high-pressure and low-temperature conditions. It is considered the new […]


Plan a trip using public transportation

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Transit in Google Maps is a public transportation planning tool that combines the latest agency data with the power of Google Maps. It integrates transit stop, route, schedule, and fare information to make trip planning quick and easy for everyone. For agencies around the world, Google Maps is a cost-effective solution targeted at transit novices […]


Alternative Energy Projects Stumble on a Need for Water

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AMARGOSA VALLEY, Nev. Now Solar Millennium finds itself in the midst of a new-age version of a Western water war. The public is divided, pitting some people who hope to make money selling water rights to the company against others concerned about the project


Resolving Iran Oil-Price Risk

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It hasn’t been easy keeping up with all the recent developments related to Iran’s nuclear program, which still looms as a large, unresolved risk embedded in the global price of oil–though you would never know it from the behavior of oil markets in the week since Iran’s hidden nuclear enrichment site was revealed. It’s not […]


Global Food Security Plans Too Narrow – Analyst

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global plans to reduce hunger by boosting food production are too narrowly focussed on farming without considering how to slow population growth or halt climate change, long-time environmental analyst Lester Brown said on Tuesday. The Obama administration and leaders of other wealthy nations have promised to spend more money and coordinate efforts […]


Famine: This time, it's personal

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…On the 25th anniversary of the famine, it’s not just Ethiopia facing another disaster. Kenya, Somalia and other East African neighbours face a potential famine because of a perfect storm of crop failures, lack of rain, wars and internal political conflict. In 1984, eight million were people affected. Now it’s more than 20 million. Clear […]


With $350M Infusion, Tesla Adds Minivans, Crossovers, and Fleet Vans

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Tesla Motors–they made that cute all-electric Roadster no one actually owns–wants you to know the money they received from the government is NOT the same money that bailed out Detroit, but rather a loan from the DOE to accelerate the production of fuel-efficient vehicles. So what are they doing with $350 million of your money? […]


Over a Barrel: Why Iran Sanctions Won't Work

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Going into Thursday’s high-stakes negotiations with Iran, President Obama will soon see for himself the corner into which the Islamic Republic has thrust his predecessors. Iran has the world over a barrel, literally. The country’s vast oil reserves will undermine Obama administration efforts to increase U.N. sanctions, and Iran knows it. …China’s booming population and […]


China Blazing Its Own Trail in Africa

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An iPhone gets Zipcar drivers on their way

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SAN FRANCISCO “The iPhone is a pipeline for almost one-third of our members,” says Luke Schneider, Zipcar’s chief technology officer. “This is something they have been asking for.” While there are many iPhone apps for autos, most are focused on directions, traffic, roadside assistance and games. Zipcar’s app is the first to control the operation […]


Back to Basics

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What would compel a 25-year-old university graduate from St. Mary’s Ontario to move to Meaford and convince a local land owner to allow him to pitch a tent on his property to live in, and then plant a three-quarter acre organic garden? As Jarret Boyd explains it, he wanted to experience living a life that […]


Chinese oil demand fueling Iranian defiance

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Despite tough talk from Washington, China needs Iran’s oil too much to support sanctions that might actually bite. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Don’t look for Iran to throw up the white flag anytime soon. The Obama administration is scrambling to tighten trade sanctions against Iran after the disclosure last week that Tehran was hiding a […]


Climate Change to Cut Crop Yields, Boost Prices, Study Shows

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(Bloomberg) — Farmers in South Asia may reap only half of today The United Nations


China, U.S. risk rifts in Middle East: former Chinese envoy

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BEIJING (Reuters) China faced growing risks to energy security as it increasingly relied on imported oil, especially from the volatile Middle East, where Beijing’s sway had been limited, Sun said. “The U.S. has always sought to control the faucet of global oil supplies. There is cooperation between China and the U.S., but there is also […]


Monbiot: Stop blaming the poor. It's the wally yachters

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By George Monboit It’s no coincidence that most of those who are obsessed with population growth are post-reproductive wealthy white men: it’s about the only environmental issue for which they can’t be blamed. The brilliant Earth systems scientist James Lovelock, for instance, claimed last month that “those who fail to see that population growth and […]


What Makes Europe Greener than the U.S.?

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Europe, particularly northern Europe, is far more environmentally conscious than the United States, despite Americans’ sincere and passionate resolution to be green. Per capita CO2 emissions in the U.S. were 19.78 tons according to the U-nion of Concerned Scientists, which used 2006 data, compared to 9.6 tons in the U.K., 8.05 tons in Italy, and […]


All gas, no vodka, for Putin in Yamal

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s call for Western-assisted development of Yamal gas reserves for export as liquefied natural gas (LNG) holds potential global ramifications. Top managers of no fewer than 10 leading international companies attended a session with Putin in Salekhard on Yamal.The peninsula in northern Russia and surrounding area is said officially to hold […]


Brazil's Pre-Salt May Hold 25-100 Billion Barrels

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Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) — Brazil’s so-called pre-salt oil region may hold between 25 billion and 100 billion barrels of oil, the country’s cabinet chief said. “The reserves are significant,” Chief of Staff Dilma Rousseff said today in a speech in Brasilia, adding that the government doesn’t yet have a final estimate.Brazil’s proved oil reserves totaled […]


Brazil's Energy Dilemma

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The Santos Basin and a string of other discoveries of vast offshore oil deposits along Brazil’s coast have sparked a host of thorny policy debates about the state’s role in the country’s oil and gas sector and the hefty, multi-year investments needed to develop the industry fully. Concerns are also growing over whether the increasing […]


Africa Pressures China's Oil Deals

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China’s search for large stakes in some of Nigeria’s richest oil blocks comes against a backdrop of problems in other African countries where the Asian giant has oil operations. On Tuesday, Nigeria’s oil minister and a presidential spokesman said state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp., or Cnooc, is in advanced talks with Nigeria to take […]


Byron King: Peak Gold + Weak Dollar = $2,000+

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A highly regarded resource sector expert who discusses his field fervently whenever possible and whose writings include the top-ranking Outstanding Investments, Byron King brings his views direct to The Gold Report audience in this exclusive interview. Unconvinced that the recession is behind us, he is equally sure that the “bottomless pit” mentality of stimulus spending […]


China plans to encourage local use of solar cells

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China will consider measures to support domestic consumption of solar cells made from local polysilicon materials, while taking international demand into consideration, the government said on late Tuesday. It did not specify what measures would be considered or when they would be unveiled.It said the country’s production capacity of polysilicon, an high energy-intensive and pollutive […]


China's economic numbers don't add up

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Downtown Beijing was buttoned up tight today. The government closed shops and restaurants and hotels near the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square to clear the way for huge parades this Thursday. October 1st will mark 60 years since the founding of the People’s Republic. The Chinese economy has come quite a ways since 1949. It’s […]


Poland Says Russia Canceled Gas Negotiations, Prawna Reports

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Russia canceled talks planned for this month with the Polish government about a new agreement on natural-gas supplies, threatening the EU member with a shortage as temperatures fall, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna said. “There’s no point in hiding the fact that we have a gas deficit,” the newspaper cited Deputy Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski as saying.The […]


Krugman: Cassandras of Climate

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Every once in a while I feel despair over the fate of the planet. If you What


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