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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

August 5 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • From Forbes: “Who’s Gonna Pay For Global Warming?” The middle classes of the developed world will pay with their hard-earned taxes.  The poor of the world will pay with their blood, sweat and tears. And half the species on this planet will pay with their lives. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

  • In order to combat the problems from fertilizers, such as ocean dead spots and toxic algae blooms, without loss of yield, researchers at the University of Nottingham are working on a technology that could enable crops to take nitrogen from the air, instead of the soil. [EarthTechling]
  • Finnish scientists have found a way to turn dead wood into high quality biofuel for less than one euro a litre. They believe they can convert more than half the energy of raw wood – ligno-cellulosic biomass, if you prefer the technical term – into something that will drive a taxi, a tractor or a tank. [Truthdig]

World:

  • UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg opened the Lincs offshore wind farm in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. The last of the wind farm’s 75 Siemens 3.6 MW wind turbines was connected to the National Grid on Wednesday 24th July, bringing the 270 MW project up to full strength for the first time. [Your Renewable News]
  • First Solar is set to deliver a total of 155 MW of solar power in Australia. Two solar projects in New South Wales by AGL Energy Limited have achieved financial close. AGL has engaged First Solar to supply the projects with thin-film photovoltaic modules as well as provide services. [EcoSeed]

US:

  • Wind turbines tower over rural vistas in the heartland, where the clean energy source is becoming increasingly popular with utility companies that face state-mandated renewable energy standards. Unfortunately, the nation’s aging power grid is hampering those efforts. [Bellingham Herald]
  • Duke Energy Florida has filed a revised settlement agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission comprising provisions related to the Crystal River nuclear plant, the proposed Levy nuclear project, the Crystal River 1 and 2 coal units, and future gas-fired generation needs in Florida. [Gas to Power Journal]
  • Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School and author of a July 17th report forecasting that three dozen reactors are at risk of early retirement, issued a statement on recent nuclear industry events as they appear to indicate he was right. [Your Industry News]

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