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Monthly Archives: February 2008

Largest Solar Farm Opens While Plans for Coal Are Abandoned

Written by , on February 15, 2008

The world’s largest solar farm has opened in Jumilla, a wine-growing region in southern Spain. The solar farm has 120,000 solar panels covering about 100 hectares. It has a peak capacity of 20 megawatts and is capable of producing sufficient energy to power 20,000 homes. Renewable energy currently accounts for about 7% of total power […]  Read more »

Branson Calls for “War Room” and $500 million Prize

Written by , on February 13, 2008

February 13th, 2008 At a United Nations climate change meeting on Monday, Sir Richard Branson, head of the Virgin Group, called for a "war room" to co-ordinate the work of scientists, engineers, government agencies and other groups. He likened the effort need to to slow global warming to the intensive research projects of the second […]  Read more »

UN Chief: “The Age of Green Economics”

Written by , on February 12, 2008

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki’Moon, has described the world as being on the threshold of the "age of green economics". He said that, if global investment in green energy  rises to the projected $us1.9 trillion by 2020, the transformation will rival the industrial and technology revolutions of the past two centuries. "Businesspeople in so many […]  Read more »

“Green-collar” Job Boom

Written by , on February 3, 2008

The rapid increase in the number of renewable power generators, particularly wind and solar, in the United Sates is creating a serious shortage of technicians – a situation which is expected to get much worse. Last year, almost 3,200 wind turbines were installed in the U.S. – boosting the nation’s wind enegy capacity by 45%.  […]  Read more »

Standards Critical for World Biofuel Market

Written by , on February 1, 2008

The U.S., Brazil and the European Union have released an analysis of current biofuel standards with the aim of establishing common standards. Such standards are considered critical for the world biofuel market to develop. Between them the three groups have sixteen different standards for the composition of ethanol and biodiesel. Reaching common standards will facilitate […]  Read more »