Help-to-Buy Scheme Shifts New Homes
Apr01

Help-to-Buy Scheme Shifts New Homes

The Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ Scheme was extended in the recent budget, and a package of measures designed at allowing young, first time buyers to get on the property ladder if they choose to invest in new homes has certainly been a roaring success. At the moment, first time buyers are able to purchase new homes with as little as a 5% deposit, as government are prepared to loan up to 20% of the value of a house and mortgage lenders...

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Tesla’s Next Car: An Electric BMW 3-Series Fighter
Apr05

Tesla’s Next Car: An Electric BMW 3-Series Fighter

by Christopher DeMorro Unlike many other also-rans, Tesla Motors is succeeding where other electric car companies have failed. And by succeeding, we mean Tesla is actually selling cars, with the Model S sedan reportedly receiving over 10,000 $5,000 deposits to date. At $50,000 after tax credits though, the Model S is still well beyond what most people can afford. So what is Tesla planning to build next? From the sounds of it, an...

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Warmer Ocean Waters Lead to a Glut of Lobsters in Maine
Apr04

Warmer Ocean Waters Lead to a Glut of Lobsters in Maine

Warmer Atlantic Ocean temperatures off the coast of Maine have caused the state’s bountiful supply of lobsters to shed their shells and come onto the market six weeks earlier than normal, The state’s 5,000 lobster fishermen are receiving less than $3-per-pound at the dock for their catch, which is below the $4-per-pound break-even point. As a result, many lobsterman have stopped fishing and are waiting for the oversupply...

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Reasons For Optimism: Why Climate Change is not a Zero Sum Game
Apr04

Reasons For Optimism: Why Climate Change is not a Zero Sum Game

by Jonathan Koomey This blog post is the ninth of an eleven-part series on CSRwire that summarizes key lessons from the new book Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”–Henry Ford The Pessimism Trap One of my students at Yale in Fall 2009 emerged from my lecture summarizing the climate problem and told me it...

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World’s Largest Wave Energy Project Headed for Australian Coast
Apr04

World’s Largest Wave Energy Project Headed for Australian Coast

by Silvio Marcacci Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) and Lockheed Martin have announced they will team to develop a 19-megawatt (MW) wave energy project off the coast of Victoria, Australia. When complete, the project will be one of the largest wave energy generation projects in the world. OPT’s PowerBuoy generator will be used in the project to capture and convert the potential energy of Australia’s famous surf into clean...

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Hospital of the Future Opens in San Diego
Apr04

Hospital of the Future Opens in San Diego

The largest construction project in California is the "Hospital of the Future," incoporating best practices in healthcare and green design. It’s one of just two hospitals in the US that bring natural light into operating rooms, for example. Located in San Diego County and designed by CO Architects, the 288-bed Palomar Medical Center opens in August. Some of the design innovations in this 11-story, 740,000-square-foot...

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