Environmental Protection

Energy and Climate Change


Tsunami-Affected Families Receive Solar Power from Habitat for Humanity Japan

The first solar panel in Habitat for Humanity Japan’s pilot ‘Solar Home Recovery Project’ has been installed on the roof of the Hazawa family house.

Renewable Energy Program Could Make Fracking and Biofuels Obsolete

Project Volt Gas Volt, a new green program, shows the potential of storing renewable energy in surplus, which could make nuclear energy, natural gas, fracking, and biofuels seem like energy sources from the past.

Study Explores Environmental and Health Impacts of Lithium Batteries for Electric Vehicles

In a new study, researchers are assessing the life cycle of batteries in order to find ways to reduce global warming emissions and address nanotechnology innovations that could improve the overall performance of the batteries.

Habitat for Humanity Japan to Provide Solar Power to Tsunami-Affected Families

The first non-profit organization in Japan will be installing solar power panels to help support families that were affected by the 2011 tsunami. The project will be kicked off in a ceremony this Thursday, May 30.

South African Solar Market to Receive Photovoltaic Inverters

ABB, a power and automation technology group, plans to start production of central inverters in South Africa to support the rapidly growing local photovoltaic (PV) market and local content requirements.

World’s Largest Solar Boat Coming to U.S. in June

On Monday, June 3, MS Turanor PlanetSolar will be making its way to the Sunset Harbour Yacht Club in Miami Beach, Fla. This is the first time the largest solar powered boat will be in the U.S.

Clean Up Oil Spills with Low-Grade Cotton

Researchers have found a low-grade cotton from West Texas that might be able to clean oil spills more effectively and more eco-friendly than other methods currently in use. According to the study, one pound of the cotton can soak up more than 30 pounds of oil.

New Research Shows Gas Hydrates as Future Energy Resource

In collaboration between the USGS, BOEM, and the DOE, scientists have completed a 15-day research expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico with high-resolution seismic data and imagery of sediments with high gas hydrate saturations.



New Hampshire Transportation Landmarks Get Green Makeover

In New Hampshire, the M/S Mount Washington and the Mt. Washington Cog Railway are historical transportation landmarks, but they’ve recently been updated with new technology and environmentally-friendly engines. These 19th century attractions are now more efficient than ever.

New Emissions Report to Show States and Utilities Plant Emissions Rates

On May 15, a new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the top 100 power producers will be released, and will also reveal states with the highest and lowest power plant emissions.

Energy Department Employee Recognized for Reducing Emissions

Dr. Silverman, an employee of the Energy Department, has been named as a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal.

EPA Nominee Gets Senate Hearing Tomorrow

Gina McCarthy is praised by Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer, but Ranking Member David Vitter criticizes her answers to questions he submitted.

Costa Rican Airport Lights Up Airfield with Solar Power

The Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica will soon be using solar-powered LED signs to light up their airfield, making it the first major civil airfield to use solar energy for their signs.

Wind Power Gets a Boost from Niagara’s Water Power

International investments are blowing wind industry companies, manufacturing and construction jobs across Ontario as Niagara will soon be used in the development of wind power.

Belkin’s Technology for Intelligent Use of Water, Energy, and Gas Resources

HydroPoint Data Systems partners with Belkin Echo Water for smart water management, and the Department of Defense selects Belkin Echo Electricity for military installation demonstration.

Renewable Energy from Landfill Gas

As the need for renewable, cleaner, and cheaper energy continues to rise, landfill gas for renewable energy production will likely become a more common practice.

Enzyme Research Could Lead to Less Expensive Biofuels

New research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has discovered two approaches in which enzymes could break down cell walls more quickly and lead to less expensive biofuels for the transportation industry.

Refiners Make Switch to Summer Grade Gasoline

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), refiners are switching to make summer-grade gasoline in time for the May 1 compliance date. Summer-grade gasoline lowers the amount of evaporative emissions during warm weather because it is less volatile than winter-grade gasoline.

George W. Bush Presidential Center Obtained LEED Platinum Certification

During today’s dedication ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, President Bill Clinton mentioned that the new library has already obtained a platinum LEED certification, which makes the facility the first presidential library to achieve such a certification as a new construction.

Emerson Chosen for Innovative Waste to Energy Gasification Facility in France

Emerson’s Ovation expert control system provides flexible and accurate control of a powerful biomass gasification plant in France.

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