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A link between climate change and tornadoes?

By Bill McKibben, Published: 2011-05-23 Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections. When you see pictures of rubble like this week’s shots from Joplin, Mo., you should not wonder: Is this somehow related to the tornado outbreak three weeks ago in...

BHP To Mine Uranium With Renewables?

By Giles Parkinson BHP Billiton has big plans to mine uranium at Olympic Dam, and company documents show that renewables might actually be the best option for powering the project, writes Giles Parkinson BHP Billiton has caught some flak from the green movement about...

China to raise rare earths production

  BEIJING (AP) – China said Thursday it will increase this year’s production quota for rare earths but gave no sign it might reverse plans to cut exports of the exotic metals needed by high-tech industry. China accounts for most rare earths production and...

Shell Oil Predicts ‘Depression 2.0′

By Stephen C. Webster Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 11:43 The industrial doomsday scenario put forward by peak oil theorists isn’t just for far flung voices on the Internet anymore. Peak oil is not a problem of Earth’s supplies: there’s plenty...
Rare Earths and our Future

Rare Earths and our Future

Many Want Rare Earths, but Few Are Mining Them By KARL RUSSELL (Published 2011-02-06  NYT) “RARE earth” is a historical misnomer. Elements that fall under this label were identified mostly in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the word “earths” was used to...

New Carbon Credit Fund

GENEVA, February 2, 2011 PRNewswire EUR150 Million Fund to Promote Climate-Friendly Economic Growth Mercuria will participate as anchor investor in a new Carbon Credit fund launched today by the International Finance Corporation. This new fund, of value up to EUR150...

Battery Recycling Realities for Energy Storage

By John Petersen One of the most fervently debated and poorly understood topics in energy storage is the subject of battery recycling. What percentage of the raw materials that go into a battery can be economically recovered from used batteries with existing recycling...

Ford will expand start-stop feature

Alisa Priddle / The Detroit News Starting in 2012, Ford Motor Co. will expand the use of technology that shuts off the engine of an idling engine to include more cars and trucks. Auto Start-Stop technology already is on hybrid versions of the Ford Fusion and Escape,...

Chevy Volt vs. VW Jetta

Written by an automotive blogging enthusiast (reprinted with permission): Regarding a discussion evaluating the new MPG-E metric for EV’s and Plug-in Hybrids… This discussion is ridiculous. If you are NOT using a liquid fuel you are NOT getting miles per...

EPA’s first carbon pollution standards

by David Doniger 2010-12-10 4:01 PM , US EPA, Washington Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Big news today from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, which just gave the green light to implementing the EPA’s first carbon pollution...