Thursday, November 18th, 2010
High-speed rail has been in the news a lot recently, in the US, in Europe, and in China. Some great news, and some not-so-great news. Here are 8 big stories from the past couple months.
1. The U.S. government awarded $2.4 billion to 54 rail projects in 23 states a couple weeks ago. This is in addition to the $8 billion awarded by the Obama (more…)
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
National and local incentives promoting the use of electric vehicles in Asia will help put more than 1.4 million plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on roadways by 2015, making it the largest market worldwide for electrified vehicles, according to a new report. While Asian markets have so far focused on production of plug-in hybrids, market attention will increasingly turn to the (more…)
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
An international accord designed to address the growing hole in the ozone layer may take on new significance in the effort to reduce the emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gases. It just won’t be happening this year.
An effort to expand the Montreal Protocol to include the industrial chemicals known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) fell apart late last (more…)
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
Concern for the environment and climate change is on the rise in emerging economies. And according to several new pieces of research, concern is particularly acute in Asia.
One might argue that the research, highlighted in a recent New York Times article, found evidence to back up the theory of sociological post-materialism, (more…)
Monday, November 15th, 2010
Lately, China has dominated any renewable energy news that comes out of South East Asia and not without good reason. However, while China is busy surging forward into a future populated in part by renewable energy, other South East Asian nations have been working on (more…)
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Angelika Pullen is communications director for the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). Jeremy Shere spoke with Pullen about the differences in the development of wind energy in Europe and in the United States. (more…)
Thursday, October 28th, 2010
In recent years, China has taken some rather impressive strides in the development of their renewable energy systems. For a nation that has long been criticized for their extraordinarily high levels of industrial pollution, outdated power systems, and a reluctance to move forward, China’s progress has been so incredible that many are beginning to (more…)
Friday, October 15th, 2010
California, as the Global Cleantech 100 list published in the Guardian confirms, is still hot. Thirty-two of the rising stars in solar panels, energy efficiency, biofuels and more are based there.
But while the sunshine state and the US as a whole are still world leaders in innovating and selling green technology, as this map shows, it’s also clear the Earth’s axis for (more…)
Monday, October 4th, 2010
Michael Eckhart, the president of The American Council on Renewable Energy (who’s retiring after many years of wonderfully effective service to us all), served as the emcee of the Renewable Energy Finance Forum West 2010. At one point, he attempted to put the concept of “one trillion” into perspective for the audience. A million seconds is two weeks; a (more…)
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
The rapid economic transition of China from an undeveloped nation to a country which now derives 50% of its GDP from industrial production created a series of negative side effects that has sown the seeds for China’s next wave of its economic journey; cleantech. In recent years it has been acting with vigor to create a sustainable economy and is now (more…)