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A New Spin on Wind Power
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Monday, 15 July 2013 17:17
Vancouver, British Columbia, July 2013—Sky Harvest Windpower Corp. is putting a new spin on clean, renewable energy.

It is acquiring a vertical axis wind turbine manufacturing and sales business in Canada. Company President, William Iny, stated, “We are excited about the potential market for our vertical axis wind turbine given that there are many areas of the world where horizontal turbines are not feasible due to a lack of infrastructure or public resistance to large-scale projects.
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Back from the Dead
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Monday, 18 March 2013 21:40
Everywhere, March 2013 — The word “De-extinction,” means returning to life extinct animal and plant species. It’s a term that conservation biologists and environmentalists have been bandying about for a decade or so. But only recently have advances in genetic sequencing and molecular biology transformed de-extinction from theory into something that we are all likely to see in our own lifetimes.



Or so Revive & Restore, a project of the Stewart Brand’s California-based non-profit Long Now Foundation, likes to think. The group is creating a movement around de-extinction, and is taking the lead on efforts to bring back the passenger pigeon while helping out on other ongoing efforts to restore other extinct species including European aurochs, Pyrenean ibexes, American chestnut trees, Tasmanian tigers, California condors, even wooly mammoths.

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Sustainable Solutions
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Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:06
Chicago, Illinois, October 2012—In honor of World Food Day, held earlier this month, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) highlighted the role of food science in environmental sustainability—a key component to solving the world’s hunger problem.
 
Over the past several decades, food processing techniques developed by food scientists ensure that the resources required to produce raw food materials and ingredients for food manufacturing are used efficiently.  While the modern food is system is capable of feeding nearly 7 billion people, nearly one billion people still go hungry every day.

According to IFT’s scientific review, Feeding the World Today and Tomorrow: The Importance of Food Science and Technology, “Approximately 30 to 40 percent of raw food materials and ingredients are lost between the points of production and consumption. The magnitude of these losses is felt far greater in developing countries than industrialized countries.”

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Whether the Weather
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Thursday, 11 October 2012 16:50
Globally, October 2012 — Weather. We all talk about it, but few of us truly understand its whims, and even fewer know enough to take a stand on whether or not we’re in the midst of global warming.

Here’s some information that might provide our readers with more understanding –

Extreme weather does not prove the existence of global warming, but climate change is likely to exaggerate it—by messing with ocean currents, providing extra heat to forming tornadoes, bolstering heat waves, lengthening droughts and causing more precipitation and flooding.

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Renewable Energy Kings: California, Colorado, Massachusetts
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Friday, 11 May 2012 19:13
Arlington, Virginia, May 2012— California, Colorado and Massachusetts have been designated the top states in the country for renewable energy, according to a new analysis of data by EnergyTrends.org, a project of the Arlington, Virginia-based Lexington Institute.

This comes on the heels of EnergyTrends.org announcing its new 2012 state letter grades for renewable energy. The unique grading system takes into account both the amount of energy generated from renewable sources and the growth rate over a three-year period, as well as savings achieved in electricity use, state incentive programs for renewable energy, and other factors. Extra bonus points were awarded for categories such as grid-connected renewable installations, dynamic pricing for power utility consumers, and integration of electric vehicles.  energytrends.org
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It’s Alive!
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Monday, 21 January 2013 17:09
Everywhere USA, January 2013— Both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) were created with the same goal in mind: to encourage more sustainability and resource conservation in architecture, design, construction and building operations. LEED, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is well known in architecture, building and design circles as the standard for certifying the green attributes of new and retrofitted structures (and even entire neighborhoods). 

Developers can reference LEED’s 110-point rating system to inform choices regarding design, technology, siting, landscaping and other elements of building or renovation processes. Structures using the greenest versions of each element would qualify for the highest LEED rating, Platinum (followed by Gold, Silver, and just plain Certified).
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Green Football
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Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:47
Everywhere, October 2012 — Professional sports, like many other pursuits, are getting greener (as in protecting the environment) every day. While pro leagues and teams have traditionally been the last to go green, everything has changed in recent years. Maybe it’s the fact that wasting less saves money. Or that going green generates good public relations. Or that it’s just the right thing to do.

Whether it’s any or all-of-the-above, professional sports certainly have never been greener. 

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental non-profit, has worked with several sports teams and leagues to green their operations. They’ve bundled together a collection of case studies into a recently released report, “Game Changer: How the Sports Industry is Saving the Environment.”

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Straw Paper
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Friday, 07 September 2012 18:53
Toronto, Ontario, September 2012 – Recently an important step forward was made in an effort to protect our forests: straw-based copy paper.

This new product has 80 per cent less forest fiber than traditional paper, and is now widely available to Canadian consumers, small businesses and home offices at Staples Canada.

Created and produced by the Winnipeg-based company Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc., the product, which hopefully will be sold in the United States and other countries soon, contains 80 per cent straw from leftover by-product of harvested wheat crops and 20 per cent Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified wood fibre. 
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Move Over, Prius
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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 22:42
Everywhere, USA, March 2012— After years of wrangling, auto companies, regulators and policymakers have finally come to terms on increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for vehicles plying American roads.

According to the plan as formulated by the Obama administration, automakers will double the average, unadjusted fuel-economy rating of their car and light truck vehicle fleets to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 from today’s standard of 27 miles per gallon. Automakers which don’t meet the standards will be penalized $5.50 per 0.1 miles per gallon they fall below, multiplied by their total production for the U.S. market. Congress is likely to sign the new rules, which will start taking effect for the 2017 model year, into law this summer.
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