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U.S. Lags in Green Business Race

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Other countries dominate hot market for green tech

With many European and Asian countries pushing forward with policies that promote the development of green tech, the U.S. continues to lag behind, stuck in the mire of partisan politics and climate change skepticism. The result is that U.S. businesses are missing out on a booming, $5 trillion industry. Writing in the New York Times, Elizabeth Rosenthal tracks the case of the Mark Group, a......read more

Don't Mess With CA, Starring David Arquette

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A SHFT-produced PSA, directed by Matthew Cooke for the No on Prop. 23 campaign.

If you've been hanging out on SHFT lately, you probably know that Prop 23 is a dirty bill that Texas oil companies and out of state special interests are funding to reverse California's environmental laws. These dirty enegy companies make the claim that due to the 12.5% unemployment rate in the state, that we should suspend AB 32 until unemployment drops to 5.5% for four quarters in a......read more

Utilities Brace for Mass Market EVs

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Surging demand has electricity providers excited — and concerned.

Ladies and gentlemen, (silently) start your engines. After two decades of fits and starts, the electric car revolution is finally upon us. The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are both slated to start hitting dealerships next month, and combined sales are expected to surpass 30,000 over the next year. Meanwhile, electric utilities don't know whether to lick their chops or wring their hands. A......read more

Greenbacks for Greentech

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Cleantech startups generated 4 of the 5 biggest venture cap deals of 2010.

Money likes green technology. According to the latest data from Thomson Reuters, American greentech startups landed four of the five top grossing venture capital rounds of 2010. But for Twitter, eco-tech companies would have cleaned up the top five spots.  The top spot was taken by Better Place, an electric car charging startup which took in $350 million in May. That investment beat last......read more

Are EVs the Energy Storage Solution of the Future?

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Electric vehicles could provide power to grid during peak demand, says new report

It's time to start thinking of electric vehicles as energy sinks on wheels, according to a new report published by National Grid and tech consultants Ricardo. The study says EV owners could make money by providing power to grid operators and utilities during times of peak demand.  There are two ways it can be done. The cheaper approach is simple: an EV owner just plugs......read more

CarbFix Looks to Lock CO2 in Rock

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Icelandic carbon storage experiment set to begin

There are no shortage of novel engineering ideas for slowing or halting global warming (anyone remember space sunshades?), but a new joint American-Icelandic experiment may actually hold some promise. The team of scientists involved int he project are proposing to pump carbon dioxide deep into limestone bedrock, where they hope it will be locked away for good. The carbon sequestering project......read more

Countries Get Eco Report Cards

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Biannual Environmental Performance Index unveiled at the World Economic Forum.

The 2010 Environmental Performance Index, which ranks the world's nations according to environmental policy and performance, was released last week at the World Economic Forum. The index is compiled every two years by Yale and Columbia University researchers. Leading the rankings is Iceland, which is powered almost entirely by renewable energy sources. Rounding out the top 5 are Switzerland,......read more

This Is Our Moment

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Celeb-packed PSA for NRDC Action Fund urging voters to act now in support of clean energy bill.

Earth Day: Our Acidic Oceans

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Actress Sigourney Weaver calls for action on ocean acidification.

On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Actress Sigourney Weaver testified before the Senate, warning that without climate legislation limiting CO2 emissions, the impacts on our oceans will be monumental. “The oceans are 30 percent more acidic than they were during pre-industrial times and if we continue burning fossil fuels as we are now, we will double the ocean’s acidity by the end of the......read more

Earth Day: John Kerry on Climate Change Action

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On Earth Day 's 40th anniversary, John Kerry warns that climate change is the environment's biggest hurdle yet.

Environmental advocates and allies have achieved plenty since the first Earth Day forty years ago: the creation of the EPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, are just a few of the legislative highlights that come to mind. But, as John Kerry warned today, the U.S. has yet to confront the biggest environmental problem of today: climate change. In......read more

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