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2020 Plastic Additives Market Worth $57.8 Billion

An increase in environmental awareness will help the global plastics additives market grow to $57.8 billion by 2020, up from $41.4 billion in 2013, according to a report by Allied Market Research. That represents a compound annual growth...Show More Summary

Asking Powerful Public Scientists Hard Questions

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists hosted a symposium titled Speaking Knowledge to Power in Princeton University’s Robertson Hall. The speakers included John Holdren, Allison Macfarlane, Frank von Hipple and Christopher Chyba. Show More Summary

Catalyzing the Climate Change Conversation with Eye-Catching Headlines

The latest IPCC report has been covered by US and international media, and in the major media the story has achieved powerful headlines. Thus, the intensity of the media coverage begs the question – what has changed? Why has this report gained so much traction where previous reports failed? read more

SGIP plays critical role in interoperability and standards

When discussing how the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) fits into the overall standards ecosystem, it is important to note that SGIP is not a standards development or standards setting organization (SDO/SSO). While SGIP does...Show More Summary

FPL recognized for clean fleet

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has bestowed Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) with its 2014 Transportation Efficiency Innovations Award for FPL’s Clean Fleet and Consumer Education Program. With its industry-leading...Show More Summary

Smart grid wins: Sensus snags Verdeeco and more industry news

There’s plenty of interesting news in this week’s smart grid wins roundup, so let’s get started. SMART GRID PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENTS Itron announced that National Grid, a supplier of electricity to approximately 3.4 million customers...Show More Summary

The Mythology of the Thorium Car, Thorium Plasma Batteries, and More!

From time to time there are conspiracy theorist and opportunist that try to attach the incredible to the credible. If not addressed the incredible can detract from a very credible message and from a very credible technology. Recently, there has been a lot of conjecture of the possibility of the Thorium Powered Car and Thorium Plasma batteries. Show More Summary

New Organization Could Help Push Energy Efficiency Programs to Even Higher Levels

The California Technical Forum (Cal TF) will be comprised of experts who use independent professional judgment and a transparent process to develop and review energy-savings estimates related to California’s energy efficiency programs, policies, and energy resource plans. read more

FirstEnergy CEO: Renewables 'Sound Good' but Should Take Backseat to Coal

FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander traveled to D.C. this week to speak in front of the Chamber of Commerce about the challenges his utility is facing. With electricity use flatlining and renewable energy eroding margins for traditional generators he called for a renewed focus on fossil fuels. read more

Lower Prices Pull Down Natural Gas Reserves in 2012

Lower natural gas prices drove down U.S. proved reserves in 2012, despite notable gains in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford shale gas plays. The decline stopped a 14-year trend of consecutive increases in natural gas reserves, according to newly published estimates. read more

Fed Up with Our Dysfunctional Food System

Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, preservatives, and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of the American diet. read more

Without communication infrastructure, there is no smart city

By their very definition, smart cities are connected cities. But these cities rely on the availability of universal communication services to connect energy, transportation and public services in order to become a reality. Thus far, the smart city communications layer has largely been taken for granted and become somewhat of an afterthought, with the main Continue reading ?

Must See Video: Showtime Climate Series 'Years of Living Dangerously'

Showtime has posted online the entire video of Episode 1 of its visually and emotionally gripping documentary series event, “Years of Living Dangerously.” The landmark 9-part series is produced by the legendary James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Weintraub. read more

Through Solar Energy Jobs, Veterans Find a Continuation in Mission to Serve Nation and Environment

Like an increasing number of veterans, Liz Perez got into solar power. In fact, veterans make up about 9.2 percent of the almost 143,000-member workforce, compared to their estimated 7.6 percent of the workforce nationwide, according to a new report. read more

Energy Quote of the Day: Putin Says Russia Could 'Completely or Partially Cease Gas Deliveries'

In a letter to leadership in European countries receiving Russian gas that first transits Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that unless immediate steps are taken to ensure Ukrainian national gas company Naftogaz pays in advance for supply, Gazprom could close the valves. read more

Bill Maher On What’s Happening In The Oceans

“I’m not an eco-terrorist – I don’t work for BP.” From Olaf van Dijk via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

A Breakthrough for Utility-Scale Solar Energy on Contaminated Lands?

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been waging its own less-known campaign to support projects on disturbed, polluted lands. Supported by the stimulus package and the Department of the Interior, developers continue to set records for the biggest solar and wind projects. read more

The Human Disharmony In The Climate System Symphony

“What we’re seeing right now is not natural.” From YaleClimateForum via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

A Few Thoughts About Solar 2.0

U.C. Berkeley’s distinguished Professor Dan Kammen talks to students about solar’s future. From BERC Channel via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Tight Oil-Driven Production Growth Reduces Need for US Oil Imports

In the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case, crude oil production rises from 6.5 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in 2012 to 9.6 MMbbl/d before 2020, a production level not seen since 1970. Tight oil production growth accounts for 81% of this increase. read more

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