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America's Data Centers Consuming and Wasting Growing Amounts of Energy; Critical Action Needed to Save Money and Cut Pollution Pierre DelForge, August 26, 2014 (Natural Resources Defense Council) “…In 2013, U.S. data centers [--the backbone...Show More Summary

Update on US Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, and Renewables

United States natural gas production leveled off in 2013, because of the low level of US natural gas prices. In 2013, there was growth in gas production in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus, but many other states, including Texas, saw decreases in production. read more

The New Water ‘Normal’

With water restrictions now enforced in California after three years of drought, more and more commercial facilities are looking for ways to reduce water consumption without impacting building user satisfaction. In most facilities, other than water used for irrigation, the most water consumed is in restrooms for toilets, urinals, and faucets. Typically, as a result, […]

Microsoft to Invest in 10 Startups for Home Automation Accelerator Program

Microsoft this week revealed the 10 startups that will participate in its accelerator program that will focus on home automation. The program was first revealed in June at the company’s first Ventures Global Startup day in San Francisco, according to Tech Insider. The companies chosen for the accelerator are Chai Energy, Heatworks, Neura, Novi Security, Continue reading ?

Globe sees fourth warmest July on record; Oceans tie for warmest July

The Washington Post has an update on the warming globe - Globe sees fourth warmest July on record; Oceans tie for warmest July. The average global temperature in July was the fourth highest on record for any July since records began in 1880, according to NOAA. Show More Summary

US shale: What lies beneath

The FT has a pair of pieces on the shale oil industry - one in-depth article comparing the optimistic and skeptic views of the shale oil boom / bubble and another letter to the editor declaring the shale boom the oil industry's "retirement party" - US shale: What lies beneath and Shale: last act at retirement party. Show More Summary

Atomic Show #222 – How Proposed EPA CO2 Rule Rewards States for Replacing Nuclear With Gas

On August 20, 2014, Remy DeVoe, a graduate student in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee, published an earthshaking piece on ANS Nuclear Cafe titled Unintended Anti-Nuclear Consequences Lurking in the EPA Clean Power Plan. Show More Summary

How Badly Is the Wave and Tidal Industry Struggling? Likely Worse Than You Thought

GTM has a look at the woeful performance of the ocean energy industry (though it's probably worth noting that South Korea has had some big successes) - How Badly Is the Wave and Tidal Industry Struggling? Likely Worse Than You Thought. Show More Summary

Hawaii utilites capitulate on solar, in 65% renewables plan

RNE has a look at moves in Hawaii to shift from oil-fired power generation to solar power - Hawaii utilites capitulate on solar, in 65% renewables plan. Just months after being ordered to lift their game on distributed, grid-connected...Show More Summary

Finding Ways to Pollute Less, and Employ More

Cleaner air, more American jobs: that’s a potential reality for the U.S. if it acts to curb emissions of methane. It’s a significant opportunity, and it’s one California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez encountered first-hand when she toured a Cerritos manufacturing plant last week. read more

DuPont Pays $1.275M to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations

DuPont will pay $1.275 million as part of a settlement with the federal government for eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances at its Belle, W. Va. facility between May 2006 and January 2010. The EPA says several of the releases posed significant risk to people or the Kanawha River. One DuPont worker […]

Mobile Security Robot To Be Mass Produced

Factor has a look at a new "night watchman" robot - BOTS ON PATROL: MOBILE SECURITY ROBOT TO BE MASS PRODUCED. In a move that will rock the job security of night watchmen everywhere, the world’s first commercially available security robot is set for mass production in the US. Show More Summary

Watts happening? Electricity demand falling as prices continue to rise

Ross Gittins at the SMH has a look at the strange dynamics being exhibited by the Australian power market - Watts happening? Electricity demand falling as prices continue to rise. We know the two great certainties in life are death and taxes, but many thought there was a third: the inexorable rise in consumption of electricity. Show More Summary

Int’l Bytes: Telehouse, Telecity, Pacnet, euNetworks

With the Labor Day weekend fast approaching in the US, overseas is where to look for the interesting stuff.  Here’s a quick rundown of some international items: … [visit site to read more]

Peak Peak ?

I thought declaring Peak Everything peaked a few years ago, but according to The Guardian peak peakism only recently passed by - Have we reached peak peak? The rise (and rise) of a ubiquitous phrase. Can't say I'm going to miss beards... Show More Summary

Nespresso Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2020

Nestle’s Nespresso coffee brand has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020. The commitment is one of several new sustainability initiatives, part of a 500 million Swiss francs ($547 million) program called The Positive Cup. Nespresso says it will invest the money over the next six years to shrink its environmental footprint. Part of this […]

SolarWorld Wins Trade Case, But Faces Sliding Stock, Faulty Lug Recall, and More

In June, the Department of Commerce found in favor of petitioner SolarWorld in that company's trade case against Chinese solar module makers. The preliminary decision imposed significant tariffs on Chinese solar modules in the anti-dumping portion of this case. read more

Clean-Tech Companies Among 2015 Tech Pioneers

Clean-tech companies including Cambrian Innovations, Genomatica and Autogrid are among the 24 Technology Pioneers selected by the World Economic Forum as companies at the forefront of their industries for 2015. As Technology Pioneers,...Show More Summary

Boeing to Recycle Dreamliner Carbon Fiber

Boeing and Russell Brands are teaming up to recycle excess carbon fiber from 787 Dreamliner production into protective athletic gear. The companies are expanding on a previous collaboration where 787 carbon fiber is placed into Russell Athletic’s CarbonTek football shoulder pad system. Show More Summary

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