Alternative Energy

Dangerous Chemicals Above Our Heads

In 1987, an international environmental agreement, known as the Montreal Protocol, adopted requirements that triggered the phase-out of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) all over the world due to their ozone-depleting nature. After some modifications were later made to the protocol, it led to the ban of CFC production in all developed countries as well as the phase-out of HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons). Although the ...

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Keeping It Green With Self Storage

“I’ve got some more in the back.” Have you heard that statement from a your surf shop when seeking something that wasn’t out for display? Probably so, and it was usually followed by a quick trip for the proprietor into the bowels of the building to retrieve the promised good. It seems fairly efficient on the surface. But when you’re the friendly shop ...

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Volkswagen Expands Electric Car Choices

With five new electric cars hitting the market during 2014, these are good times for environmentally-aware car owners, according to FuelEconomy.gov. Hybrids are commonplace of course, including a growing number of plug-in models, and diesels are proliferating, but until now, electric options have been limited. With one stylish and very expensive exception (and that’s not the Fisker Karma as production ended with ...

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Carbon Footprint and Air Travel: A Tightrope Walk

The New York Times reports that the average American generates around 19 tonnes of carbon a year, with a massive portion of this attributable to air travel. A round flight from New York to Europe, for example, will generate a carbon footprint of between 2 and 3 tonnes per person, not to mention the attendant nitrogen oxide and noise pollution. ...

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Green Tech Trends to Look Out for in 2014

The New Year means that many of us will be making resolutions – plans to better ourselves, do something to better others or even do something to better the environment. We’ve only got one planet, and developing less harmful technology is going to be even more important in the future to ensure that our planet not only survives, but thrives. ...

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10 Ways to Save Energy This Holiday Season

Splurging is a deep-rooted part of the winter holidays. Whether you’re purchasing dozens of presents, serving enormous feasts or putting enough lights on your house for it to be seen from space, the holiday season can really bloat your waistline as well as your carbon footprint and energy bills. Here are 10 easy ways to save energy and make the ...

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Berkeley Startup Works to Make Biomass Carbon-Negative and Affordable

Berkeley startup uses process of converting organic matter into energy to make biomass carbon-negative and affordable.

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