Simple, Cheap and Portable: A Filter-free Desalination System for a Thirsty World

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With climate change exacerbating water scarcity globally, seawater desalination is stepping in to fill the void. Scott Brauer The MIT group’s device is an out-of-the box system; you can just power it up, connect it to a saltwater source, and wait for potable water.

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Devil In The Details: Is Copenhagens 2 ºC Guardrail Obsolete?

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From the opening day of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate negotiations in Copenhagen, also known as Conference of Parties (COP) 15, the relevance of a key threshold metric—the 2 °C maximal warming limit, or “guardrail”—has repeatedly been called into question by delegates of COP member states which are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Reasons For Concern” About Climate Adaptation. by Jack Rosebro.

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The Greenius Solution To All California’s Problems: AB 920 + AB 811

Creative Greenius

The dots that other folks were failing to even see, already looked pre-connected to me - like those incredibly real artificial Christmas trees with the lights already set in place and ready to plug-in. I’m seeing you and me changing the course of history – while we still have a gambler’s chance, right here and right now. And when it comes to a sense of urgency on climate change, well lets just say I saw no physical sign that Ted is out of his coma yet.

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IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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IPG’s project will demonstrate the role of Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology in bringing EV charging to high-use and remote locations through clean, cheap, grid-independent power generation.

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Researchers show economic, environmental and grid-resilience benefits of converting diesel trains to battery-electric

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Improved battery technology plus access to cheap renewable electricity open the possibility of battery-electric rail. In diesel-electric trains, a diesel engine is connected to an alternator that then supplies electricity to electric motors connected to the locomotive axles.

Nissan and ENEL announce V2G system, launch smart grid trials in Europe

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At the 21 st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris this week, Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) system which will allow drivers to operate as individual energy hubs with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid.

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KPMG study identifies 10 sustainability “megaforces” with accelerating impacts on business; imperative of sustainability changing the automotive business radically

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KPMG developed 3 nexuses linked by climate change to represent the challenges of sustainable growth. The KPMG study, “Expect the Unexpected: Building Business Value in a Changing World”, explores issues such as climate change, energy and fuel volatility, water availability and cost and resource availability, as well as population growth spawning new urban centers. —“Expect the Unexpected: Building Business Value in a Changing World”.

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ADB draft report says 3B Asians could become affluent by 2050; significant challenges

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The draft report identifies six key drivers of transformation in the region: technical progress; capital accumulation; demographics and the labor force; the emerging middle class; climate change mitigation and the competition for resources; and the communications revolution. Yawning inequalities must be narrowed and—as home to over half of the world’s population—Asia must confront a massive wave of urbanization and changing demographic profiles.

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Europe Expands Virtual Borders To Thwart Migrants

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If it were legal to deliver rescued migrants to Libya, it would be as cheap as sending rescue boats a few extra kilometers south instead of east. was slowly changing its hodgepodge of barriers to keep out Jacob and hundreds of thousands of other migrants. The weather would change.

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Perspective: Drive Star Conversion Program Could Cut US Oil Use in Half by 2020

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Calling the recent weeks “ one of the most emotionally difficult times for me as I’ve seen people with far more clout than I fail to make headway in changing the lackluster, dispiriting and immensely frustrating responses to the Gulf catastrophe ,” CalCars founder Felix Kramer has written a pre-response to President Obama’s scheduled Tuesday night speech to the US about the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.]. And oil only seems cheap. Perspective by Felix Kramer, Founder, CalCars.

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Report from the REFF-Wall Street; Themes in Renewable Energy Finance

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He identified three major themes in 2009 for renewable energy: “ Energy markets are undergoing their most fundamental changes since the 1930s; cap and trade is the most complex issue outside of health care; and schisms exist within the energy community that will grow stronger over time. Energy Markets in a State of Change. Dr. Paul addressed a positive change—the days of increasing US oil consumption may be over. “ Will climate legislation provide funds? ”.

Electric Car Makers: Oregon Wants You - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

So imagine a million electric cars on US roads which all need to change these batteries in say 2015. Furthermore, changing the battery pack on say a Toyota Prius often costs a fortune, at least in most European countries, so such cars better be VERY cheap, but they’re not. April 10, 2009 11:21 am Link Kaare- Lithium Ion batteries do not contain lead (unless it is in solder connections) and do not contain acid.

Electric Cars and a Smarter Grid - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

The vision is fuelled by the fear of climate change and the need to find green alternatives to dirty coal, unpopular nuclear power and unreliable gas imports from Russia. “In 25 years from now, millions of buildings … will be constructed to serve as both ‘power plants’ and habitats,&# says writer and economist Jeremy Rifkin, who has advised governments and corporations on tackling climate change and energy security.

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Cleantech Blog: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Cleantech Blog Cleantechblog.com, the premier cleantech site for commentary on news and technology relating to clean tech, greentech, energy, climate change and carbon, and the environment. Ontological Shock An Open Letter to Fred Krupp Report from GridEcon Conference SGS Climate Change Head on the First Carbon Credit. Individuals and businesses lose months and connect fees when they add solar and other forms of renewable energy to the grid.

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