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Bringing wind turbines to ordinary rooftops. Wind turbines typically spin from tall towers on hills and plains. But in these green times, some companies hope smaller turbines will soon rise above a more domestic spot: homes and garages. New York Times. 15 February 2009
Painting the town white. Arthur Rosenfeld, California's energy commissioner, has come up with a bright idea: he wants to paint the town white – or at least, the roofs and roads - to help cool the planet. Living On Earth. 15 February 2009
Eco-friendly technology could boost local businesses. Even as companies are laying off employees, experts say gears are in motion to put them back to work in new "green-collar" jobs. Modesto Bee. 15 February 2009
A new gang comes to Los Angeles: Solar-panel installers. In the race to train America's "green-collar" work force, a group composed mostly of former Los Angeles gang members on parole is an early participant. Wall Street Journal. 14 February 2009
The ‘holy grail’ of biofuels now in sight. With one foot planted in a pile of corn cobs, Mark Stowers explains how agricultural waste, transformed into ethanol, will turbocharge the US economy, boost its energy security, and help save the planet. Christian Science Monitor. 14 February 2009
Green gaming. Over 12 million people play the interactive online game World of Warcraft. Now, a Stanford professor wants committed computer gamers to commit to home energy efficiency. Using smart metering technology, characters in the game would gain points for real-life energy efficiency improvements. Living On Earth. 14 February 2009
Small town in Illinois might win big. Hidden in the 1,073-page stimulus plan is an obscure phrase setting aside $1 billion for "fossil energy research" that lawmakers say is almost certain a down-payment on FutureGen. Wall Street Journal. 14 February 2009
Expect climate 'surprises,' scientists warn. The debate on why the world is warming has ended, say scientists. Now it's critical to focus on how climate change might affect life in the 21st century and what can be done to manage the impacts. Tucson Arizona Daily Star. 14 February 2009
Nuclear power in the Nordics. A combination of tight climate-change targets, energy-security worries, and a wobbly economy has now caused a rethink of nuclear power in Sweden. Fredrik Reinfeldt has unveiled a plan to reverse Sweden’s 30-year ban on building new nuclear capacity. Economist. 14 February 2009
Green energy package for homes revealed. All homes in the UK will have near to zero carbon emissions in 40 years, the government pledged on Thursday, under a new draft heat and energy-saving strategy that will require a massive increase in home insulation. London Financial Times. 14 February 2009
'Crazy ideas ' to fight global warming revealed by scientists. Covering Greenland in blankets to stop the ice sheets melting, "tree bombs" to regenerate forests and sending a giant sunshade into space are just some of the ideas being proposed by scientists to save the planet from global warming. London Daily Telegraph. 14 February 2009
Merseyside to lead "green revolution." Tens of thousands of homes across Merseyside will be offered a “green makeover” – and the chance to slash their heating bills – by pioneering Britain’s war on global warming. The properties will be among the first in the country to be made properly energy efficient. Liverpool Daily Post. 14 February 2009
Nike takes lead on climate change. Nike Inc. has joined with several retail heavyweights, including Starbucks Corp. and Levi Strauss & Co. to make an aggressive push for federal action on climate change. Portland Business Journal. 14 February 2009
Solar power and geopolitics in the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean Solar Plan still is an idea in the heads of leaders and policy makers. But its ambitions are vast. New York Times. 14 February 2009
Iceland strides toward a hydrogen economy. This is no ordinary Shell station. Just to one side, where you might expect to find diesel pumps, stands the world’s first commercial hydrogen fueling station. Christian Science Monitor. 13 February 2009
Insulation maker crosses fingers for efficiency mandates. With buildings accounting for about half of all green house gas emissions, home energy labels are coming into use in countries like Ireland and Germany as a means of providing buyers with information about a building’s efficiency rates. New York Times. 13 February 2009
Low carbon price to cut renewables investment. Record low carbon prices have cut the attractiveness of investments in renewable energy and may even favor the construction of new, high-carbon coal plants, conflicting with the aims of Europe's carbon market. Reuters. 13 February 2009
Price may be key in cutting emissions. Energy executives warn that if lawmakers attempt to regulate carbon dioxide without increasing consumer prices, the exercise probably wouldn't reduce greenhouse gas emissions much at all. Dallas Morning News. 13 February 2009
Europe's big lenders still backing green power. The credit crunch is starting to make an impact on smaller European green energy projects, but cash-rich utilities and the bigger lending institutions will continue to get deals done, green power experts say. Reuters. 13 February 2009
Energy innovation. Making the shift from fossil fuels to cleaner energy will be a long-term, expensive effort. But, there is the opportunity for jobs, energy independence and reducing the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Environment Report. 13 February 2009
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