Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 12 March 2013

Study finds climate change is making Arctic seasons more like south
March 10, 2013 - Newly published research says climate change has already altered seasons in the Arctic to make them more like southern regions.

And while tundra plant communities are already becoming shrubbier, scientists behind the paper say there's no way to predict what's going to happen as the change continues.

"We are doing a strange experiment," said Ranga Myneni of Boston University, co-author of the paper published Sunday in Nature Climate Change.

It's long been known that climate change is proceeding more quickly in the Arctic than anywhere else — about twice the global average.

Myneni, one of an international group of scientists behind the research, decided to look at how that warming is happening. He and his fellow researchers found the effect was on the difference between the seasons. read more>>>

Chief of US Pacific forces calls climate biggest worry
March 09, 2013 - America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.

Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, in an interview at a Cambridge hotel Friday after he met with scholars at Harvard and Tufts universities, said significant upheaval related to the warming planet “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.’’ read more>>>

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Maryland zeroes in on offshore wind
March 11, 2013 - Maryland is on the cusp of approving as much as 200 MW in offshore wind development by 2017.

The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 cleared one of its final hurdles last week, gaining senate approval in a 30-15 vote. The state House passed similar legislation in February. The push to incorporate offshore wind into the state's energy portfolio now heads to the desk of Governor Martin O'Malley, where it is expected to be signed into law.

The Governor has long championed the economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind energy, and testified in support of the proposed legislation earlier this year. read more>>>

E2: Clean energy driving economic recovery
March 11, 2013 - New research from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) reports that 300 clean energy and clean transportation projects announced in 2012 are expected to create 110,000 jobs.

In 2012, clean energy projects created jobs across the country with California, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, Arizona, New York, Michigan, Texas and Oregon in the top 10.

In the Southeast, more than 13,700 jobs were announced last year, accounting for about 80 percent of the national total, led by solar, advanced vehicles and wind energy. Nationally, clean power generation, manufacturing and energy-efficiency projects led much of the growth. read more>>>

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Kate Gordon on Boosting Job Growth in the Green Economy
March 11, 2013 - Formerly VP of Energy Policy for the Center for American Progress, Kate is now Director of Advanced Energy and Sustainability at the Center for the Next Generation. She is an icon in the energy field who has worked with the DC establishment and the White House as well as on the state and local level. A greatly experienced, well-informed straight-shooter, Kate speaks with both credibility and wit to make for a fascinating discussion as we strive to help you ”live green, work green, earn green.”™ Womens Radio>>>

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Walgreens Announces Plans to Build the First Zero Energy Retail Store in the US
03/11/13 - Walgreens just announced plans to build what the company believes will be the nation’s first net zero energy retail store – complete with solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal technology, energy-efficient building materials, LED lighting and ultra-high-efficiency refrigeration. The store will be located in Evanston, Ill., at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Keeney Street, where demolition of an existing Walgreens store now is under way. Engineering estimates — which can vary due to factors such as weather, store operations and systems performance — indicate that the store will use 200,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity while generating 256,000 kilowatt hours per year. read more>>>

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