Archive for August, 2010

“Straddling” bus to aid traffic

China is launching a pilot project in Beijing to test a concept vehicle which carries people above street level and lets traffic pass underneath, in order to ease the increasing pressure on city traffic and public transportation. Source: Reuters

Biomass Plant About to Reach Full Capacity

A little more than two years ago, officals in Jackson County, Florida welcomed the world’s largest wood pellet plant to the town of Cottondale. Since then, Green Circle Bio Energy has been busy establishing its manufacturing operation, with its unique production of wood pellets as a cleaner fuel for power plants. The plant is now almost at full capacity and the finished pellets are taken by train to the Port of Panama City where they will be shipped overseas to be used as coal substitutes in European power plants. Source: WJHG

Danish Island “CO2 Negative”

As part of a ten-year experiment, Samso Island in Denmark is now 100 percent renewable energy sustainable. Clean Skies News looks at how this island stays even better than carbon neutral and gets some tips on how major cities can cut their carbon footprint. Source: Clean Skies News

New Bill Cuts Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees

The US renewable energy industry has warned it could be severely affected unless the administration acts urgently to restore $1.5bn of renewable energy loan guarantees that have been diverted in the emergency funding bill to cover Medicaid payments and teachers’ salaries. This is the second time the loan guarantee scheme has been raided, as $2bn was diverted in August 2009 to help pay for the government’s popular “cash-for-clunkers” scheme. Renewable energy groups warn the move would “jeopardize the renewable energy industries’ efforts to develop clean electric generation and create tens of thousands of jobs”. Source: Clean Skies News

Ice chunk linked to climate change

An ice island four times the size of Manhattan has broken off from one of Greenland’s two main glaciers, in the biggest such event in the Arctic in nearly 50 years. Scientists say the enormous ice island is not clear evidence of global warming, but is part of ”disturbing picture” of climate change. Source: Reuters

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