Mali’s Life Changing Mobile Solar Lamps are Made From Bicycle Parts

Green Prophet

A suite of mobile solar-powered lamps have completely changed the lives of hundreds of villagers in Mali. With year-round sunshine scorching the desert sands, solar energy seemed like a good fit, but importing panels from China definitely wasn’t.

IRENA Produces Free Global Renewable Energy Atlas

Green Prophet

The new atlas shines a light on the world’s wind and solar infrastructure and, by cataloging resources into an open-access web-based tool, aims to accelerate adoption of clean energy technology. China has recently announced its intention to join the agency.

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From Rattlesnakes to Turquoise Rivers: Unlikely Connections Hold Key to Conservation Success

Conservancy Talk

Substitute hydropower in southeast Europe for wind and solar in the southwest United States—and exchange huchen (or “Danube salmon”) for desert tortoises—and that previous sentence also pretty much sums up the goals of our new Balkans rivers project.

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Israel’s a Top #4 in Clean Tech Investment Performance

Green Prophet

You’d think the top clean tech investments come from the United States, China or Brazil. A new report called the Global Green Economy Index shows that although the perceived hot spots in clean tech investment appear to be in China, the return on investment is something else entirely.

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U.S. Challenges India’s Solar Energy Incentives at WTO: What’s at Stake

Sierra Club Compass

In the most recent example, the United States has filed a case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge India’s use of subsidies and “buy local” rules in its domestic solar program. But, foreign competition must not undermine the ability of India to grow its own solar industry.

Harassmap Lets Women Cyclists in Cairo Report Abuse Via SMS

Green Prophet

By mapping these reports online, the initiative will act as an advocacy, prevention, and response tool, highlighting the severity and pervasiveness of the problem. Were Tesla’s Solar Innovations “Buried&# by Big Oil?

10 Examples of Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources


Solar energy. Solar energy. Solar energy is a perfect example of a renewable resource. If we captured and used all this energy at once, we would not deplete the solar power in any way. Solar farm. Iron tools in a workshop.

Nuclear Power Continues World Dependence on Middle East Oil

Green Prophet

How are the tools powered to build them? Windmills and Solar panels aren’t made from unicorn farts. 5) If we scrimp and save, and get all of humanity on the same page, and keep Africa, India, and China from developing any further: Solar and Wind might be enough to keep us afloat.

Tweets, Shares, And Dirty Searches That Destroy Earth

Green Prophet

There is no doubt, seedy sites aside, that the internet is a remarkable tool. But can GreenStar find the requisite number of wind, solar, and hydroelectric power plants to meet this demand? :: Vancouver Sun.

Interview With Abu Dhabi's Most Innovative Design Couple

Green Prophet

Architecture, public art, new media, and social practice art are the tools that we use to communicate and help spread awareness. Every day there is a new story about people disapproving of solar or wind installations in their communities.

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Meet the “Miss Pakistan” of Renewable Energy

Green Prophet

But instead of pursuing a glamorous tour promoting products, she chose to make her wish come true: today she is using education as a tool to accelerate clean technologies and sustainable development in Pakistan. Solar lights help women cook at night after the flood, in Sindh, Pakistan.

Interview with Izhar Gafni, Inventor of the Greenest Cardboard Bike

Green Prophet

“I’m not interested in selling to some huge concern that will slap a “Made in China” label on the bike,” said Gafni in a telephone interview. ” Even a cardboard car using solar and human energy.

Napa's Bardessono: America's greenest luxury hotel?

Green Traveler Guides

The deep green Solar power— 940 photovoltaic panels that can produce 260 thousand kilowatt hours per year— by far the largest system for any hotel in North America. Sean O’Toole, the hotel’s executive chef, doesn’t need to rely only on what can be grown on the hotel grounds.

IKEA and sustainability

Green (Living) Review

When it comes to IKEA's furniture, and other stuff, today is that most, if not indeed all, of it nowadays, as with the majority of products elsewhere, I know, is “Made in China” and that's where I am having a problem. In 2010, IKEA launched an internal tool to measure the sustainability of each product it sells based on a series of 11 metrics. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) IKEA likes to sell itself as a principled, sustainable furniture producer.

The lightbulb conspiracy

Green Blog

It would also free up factory capacity worldwide to make other stuff, like solar ovens, wind turbines, energy storage systems, etc. Obviously this would not be to the liking of manufacturing nations such as China or India, who would kick up a right old stink at the WTO if any government tried to implement such a policy. Even in China, most of these products would be made by robots, not people, so we’re mostly talking about robots being made redundant not people (poor R2-D2).

Who Will Pay For Nature? How To Catalyze Private Investment In Sustainability

Conservancy Talk

Likewise, solar tax subsidies in the US (and complimentary policies in other countries) have catalyzed enormous private capital flows and driven the cost of utility-scale solar energy down some 75% since 2009.

Don’t Just Complain, Blame, or Worry. Do Something: How You Can Take Action for a Sustainable Planet

Conservancy Talk

Smog over the city of Shanghai, China. © And we’re helping the state with energy siting for new alternative energy sources, like large solar-arrays. There are plenty of carbon footprint tools online. Solar energy jobs are growing 12 times as fast as the U.S.

Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) Presents Interim Report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Green (Living) Review

The countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Make Greener Children With A Patch of Dirt

Green Prophet

A large part of that is providing our children with the tools to maintain and improve the planet. said on Solar Technologies FZE Plans To Build Middle East’s Largest Solar Panel Plant in Dubai : Hannah Katsman said on 10 Ways To Buy Less When You Breastfeed Your Baby : I just read in a.

Why The Climate Movement Cannot Ignore Trade

Sierra Club Compass

But think about the endless benefits, both for our climate and for the creation of new green jobs, of producing wind turbines and solar panels locally. In fact, strong domestic renewable energy industries may be one of the most powerful tools to combat climate disruption.

State of the Conservancy

Conservancy Talk

We’re also using new tools, like impact capital, to take this work to scale. In Florida—the Sunshine State—we worked successfully again with EDF to push for legislation to erase barriers for financing solar installations.

Drive No More: 6 Alternatives to Your Car

The Green Changemakers

New urbanism has a lot of tools for this, we just need to use them. Image: autohome China The Ye Zi, which translates as "leaf", may not be headed for production lines anytime soon. Image: autohome China Well, maybe not exactly as envisioned by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.

The Venus Project: Bombastic Dream or Realizable Future?

The Alien Next Door

The Alien Next Door Musings of Nina Munteanu, SF writer and Ecologist Thursday, March 19, 2009 The Venus Project: Bombastic Dream or Realizable Future? Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations, and every fresh truth is received unwillingly.

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A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis

The Green Changemakers

Mitigation means moving toward clean energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and tidal kinetic power. Even the minimal production tax credit for clean energy generated by solar, wind, and hydro power has not been locked in as a long-term commitment.

Future Policies for Cities - Towards Regenerative Urbanism

The Green Changemakers

wind (wind turbines), solar energy (rooftop photovoltaic cells and solar thermal water heating), geo-thermal (ground source heat pumps), and biomass (burning organic waste, energy crops, wood or burning methane gas from sewage, landfill decomposition or manure from livestock farming).

What is Green Economy?

The Green Changemakers

A Green Economy attempts to remedy these problems through a variety of institutional reforms and regulatory, tax, and expenditure-based economic policies and tools. China now invests more than any other country in renewable energy. Why is China investing in wind?

Innovative Solutions for Nature and Climate

Conservancy Talk

But you are at the forefront once again because of climate change, so get the rust off your best tools. Just a couple of weeks ago, voters overwhelmingly passed the measure—a big victory for the “Sunshine State,” which ironically has lagged behind other states in the use of solar.

10 Big, Really Hard Things We Can Do to Save the Planet

The Green Changemakers

Our inboxes were still flooded with press announcements touting Earth Day solar bikinis; Earth Day buy-this-thing-and-we'll-plant-a-tree promotions; Earth Day specials on a greener SUV. By World Changing Team [link] Traditionally, this is a day devoted to making green accessible to all.

Ecocities of Tomorrow: An Interview with Richard Register

The Green Changemakers

They are proud of their solar energy accomplishments in the Santa Fe region, but their history of compact pueblo architecture nearby and the pedestrian origins of the whole thing, the whole city, are far more important than even that. We are replete with tools. uzz up!

Building like trees, cities like forests

The Green Changemakers

Use current solar income. Buildings that tap into solar income-using direct solar energy collection; passive solar processes such as daylighting; and wind power, which is created by thermal flows fueled by sunlight-make productive and profitable use of local energy flows. Conversely, engineers can be headed toward positive ends yet be undermined by tools that will never get them where they want to go. The right tools? Use Current Solar Income 3.

Building a Green Economy

The Green Changemakers

Wind and solar technologies are not just more environmentally benign than oil, coal, and nuclear power, but also more jobs-intensive. Public works programs, a third tool in government's toolbox, may be useful in both urban and rural settings, at least on a temporary basis. For instance, China's government has supported hundreds of energy conservation projects since 2006 in part by issuing treasury bonds.

Heinberg on Life Beyond Growth

The Green Changemakers

In recent years China’s economy has been growing at eight percent or more per year; that means it is more than doubling in size every ten years. Indeed, China consumes more than twice as much coal as it did a decade ago—the same with iron ore and oil. How many more doublings can occur before China has used up its key resources—or has simply decided that enough is enough and has stopped growing? A fabulous piece by Richard Heinberg. What if the economy doesn’t recover?