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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Electric Airplanes Could Fly Forever on Laser Beams
Apr04

Electric Airplanes Could Fly Forever on Laser Beams

by Tina Casey Lockheed Martin has been collaborating with a Seattle-based company called LaserMotive to “refuel” electric aircraft in flight using laser beams that charge batteries wirelessly, and the latest round of testing not only met but beat expectations. The test took place indoors but if wireless laser battery charging can prove successful in the field, it would lay the groundwork for a new generation of electric...

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Recent Policies May Undermine Brazil’s Green Progress, Scientists Say
Apr04

Recent Policies May Undermine Brazil’s Green Progress, Scientists Say

Recent policies enacted by the Brazilian government – including changes to its Forest Code and a push to build 30 new dams in the Amazon region – threaten to undermine critical environmental progress made by the nation over the last two decades, scientists say. In a declaration published after its annual meeting in Bonito, Brazil, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) stated that government policies...

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An East Coast High Speed Rail Network Is In The Works
Apr04

An East Coast High Speed Rail Network Is In The Works

by Andrew Meggison While hopes for a high-speed rail line connecting California cities seem to be on life support, New England could be the new home of a high-speed rail line. Even though Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) faces a $161 million budget deficit this year and another $100 million budget deficit next year, this project is getting more attention and support. Amid the financial chaos of the MBTA, some people...

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