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Can U.S. Canadian Oil Sands Imports be Nearly Carbon Neutral?

The Argonne National Laboratory published a study that indicates Canadian Oil Sands imports would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 20% greater than existing conventional U.S. domestic crudes. Is this study reasonably accurate or is it feasible that actual Oil Sands imports could be almost carbon neutral? read more

Membership has its Co-Benefits

Last week marked the first “informal ministerial consultations” in the run up to the UN climate talks in December. The objective of these meetings before The Meeting is to provide common ground and a framework for what the UN Climate Chief is ominously calling the “last chance for a meaningful agreement”. read more

Trending Topics: Electricity Grid Integration in the West

The key barrier to the integration of renewables in the West is insufficient regional coordination. In order to develop a bulk electric grid that will be resilient, how the system is planned and operated and the means by which entities are compensated for the services they provide will need to evolve. read more

Level the Playing Field for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Zero-emission vehicles will be a major market sector of future automobiles, due to international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality, and reduce reliance on oil. Fuel cell electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles are the only two commercialized ZEVs available to consumers today. read more

Stage Set in Cuba for Boom in Renewable Investment; Can U.S. Companies Take Advantage?

With the recent announcement that Cuba has been removed from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the door for trade has been cracked open for the first time in many years. The question now is how and when U.S. investment dollars can begin flowing to relieve the island nation’s economic isolation. read more

FOE continues promoting fossil fuel by trying to force Diablo Canyon closure

As a literature major during my undergraduate years, I was fascinated by the variety of stories that can be told about the same topic depending on the author’s selected point of view. Here is a brief example. Friends of the Earth (FOE) has a page on its web site titled Shutting down Diablo Canyon. Show More Summary

Improving Industrial Processes by Adopting a Renewable Approach

The manufacturing industry is in constant need of innovation to survive — and many are not aware of the limitless potentials surrounding the crucial need for eco-friendly approaches within industrial manufacturing. Sustainable thinking must be implemented at all levels of the organization to address inefficiencies throughout all our systems, especially when it comes to the […]

Railway Company Settles Clean Water Act Violations

Pan Am Railways has agreed to settle EPA allegations that it violated the federal Clean Water Act at two of its railyards operating in Waterville, Maine, and East Deerfield, Massachusetts. The company has agreed to pay a fine of $152,000 to resolve the violations. According to allegations in a complaint filed by the EPA this […]

Largest US Companies Pledge $140bn to Cut Carbon Footprint

Apple, Coca-Cola, Walmart and PepsiCo are among the 13 of the largest companies in the US that have signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The companies have announced a combined total of $140 billion in new low-carbon investments, in addition to ambitious, company-specific goals to cut emissions as much as 50 percent, reduce […]

$859M Savings on Water, Energy Available with Performance Contracting

Western states’ public schools and governments can save $859 million annually by using performance contracting to implement water management and energy conservation measures, according to a market study by Western Resource Advocates and McKinstry. Show More Summary

Chemical-Free Water Treatment Removes Contaminants, Reduces Operating Costs

A chemical-free advanced oxidation process (AOP) known as Keratox for the treatment and removal of organic and chemical contaminants from municipal drinking water and wastewater has been introduced by atg UV Technology. Utilizing atg...Show More Summary

ASHRAE, IAQA Offer Dual Membership

A new dual membership program is available to members of ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) as part of consolidation between the two groups finalized earlier this year. ASHRAE and IAQA announced last year that they were joining forces to combine resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. Under the […]

Unilever Talks Resource-Efficient Manufacturing

Dr. James Colwill, Dr. Oliver Gould and Liam Gardner of the SMART Centre Loughborough University and Roy Willey, safe and sustainable processing scientist at Unilever, talk about material flow modeling and critical materials resilient manufacturing at the fourth annual Conference of the EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability 6-7 July, Cambridge.

As Rosneft turns to Asia, will spot oil crude sales in the East decline further?

Russian giant Rosneft’s recent deals in Asia suggest it is potentially shifting the balance of its crude oil sales in the region — one of its most important export markets — from a spot tender basis to long term contracts and significantly reducing the amount of Russian crude that enters the spot market in Asia. […]

Going Nuclear in Washington City, Utah, Pop. 22,000

We’ve sometimes taken a look at nuclear energy support – nascent or realized – in several states. Communities have occasionally weighed in, as potential hosts for consolidated storage sites, for instance. The folks of Lea and Eddy Counties in Nevada have consistently voiced support for Yucca Mountain. Show More Summary

Global Coal Boom Ends As China — And World — Wakes Up To Reality Of Carbon Pollution

“Global coal demand is slowing fast,” is the headline in a June Business Insider Australia story. “The global coal renaissance is the most important climate story today,” is the headline in a July Vox story. read more

Duke TIP Nukes at GA Tech

As mentioned a few days ago, I spent the first three weeks of July teaching Nuclear Science to a group of interested, bright, open-minded teenagers who have the inherently questioning attitude that makes working with them so rewarding. Show More Summary

Environmental Executive Moves: IET, Joule, UQM, NSU, EBA Engineering

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Integrated Environmental Technologies: The life sciences company has hired Chad Crady to serve as vice president of sales and operations for the company’s oil and gas division. Show More Summary

The personal value of IoT is all about connections

Buying tech products used to be easy. You found a product that had the function(s) you wanted, chose from an often limited number of brand options, and you were set.But that was in an era when the value of devices was primarily determined by their own functionality. Now, while the individual capabilities of devices is […]

Sony Drone Venture Targets IoT 

Sony Mobile and ZMP, a Japanese robotics company, are planning to work together to develop drones for businesses.Next month, the two companies said, they’ll form a joint venture called Aerosense that will lease unmanned aerial vehicles...Show More Summary

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