Wed, 2006-08-30 11:30Kevin Grandia
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Malaysia announces $25 million for solar technology

Good to see this large oil exporter investing big in renewable energy. An investment such as this not only recognizes the harmful effects of fossil fuel consumption, but according to this story it also makes economic sense. To quote:

“Ahmad Hadri Haris, project leader for the photovoltaic or solar energy sector in Malaysia said it was the fastest-growing energy source in the world with expansion of 25-30 percent over the last 15 years.”
And it seems many people around the world agree with Ahmad, see here, here and here for examples. 
Wed, 2006-08-30 09:58Richard Littlemore
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Energy Industry Tiresome on Climate Change

Here's a great little story with a funny Freudian slip. The first part of the story carries baleful complaints of an industry that says (rightly) that addressing climate change will take time. Canadian Electricity Association President, Hans Konow, is quoted saying, “It's not a 10-year game. It's a 25 to 50-year game.''

Of course, if his industry had not been stalling for the past 15 years, it would be a 10-year game ….

Which leads to the slip: A sentence later in the story reads,

Wed, 2006-08-30 08:23Kevin Grandia
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Look Out Prius! Here Comes Formula One

It is obviously early stage, but Gizmodo is reporting that some top Formula One builders are teaming up to create what would no doubt be the fastest hybrid car on the planet. I was saving up for a Prius, but I think I might hold out for this one! Thanks to our friends at Thinkprogress for bringing this story to our attention. 

This latest development is in response to a June, 2006 demand by Formula One boss Max Moseley that racing engineers quit spending their time and expertise pushing out a few extra RPM's, and instead turn to making Formula One greener and meaner.


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Wed, 2006-08-30 08:18Richard Littlemore
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Chaff in the Atmosphere: the Danger of Quick Fixes

Thanks to Ruben for pointing us to this excellent piece by Guardian columnist George Monbiot.

Monbiot offers a little sober second thought on the notion of broadcasting particles into the stratosphere to reflect enough solar energy to keep the world temperature manageable, despite the increased warming effect of rising CO2 levels.

There is something elegantly simple about the proposal to set up a particulate sunscreen; I found it reassuring when I first heard of a variation on this engineered solution from Gregory Benford at the Skeptics Society conference at CalTech. But as Monbiot points out, by implication at least, human - nd even moreso, our governments - seldom get into trouble for the things that we do on purpose. It's the unintended, and usually unanticipated, consequences of our actions that always create the biggest problems.

Tue, 2006-08-29 13:14Kevin Grandia
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Mooney on a carbon neutral book tour

Author of The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney, a DeSmogBlog friend and victim of our very first attempt at a podcast, recently announced the release of the paperback version of his popular War on Science book. As part of the release, Mooney will ensure his own carbon-neutrality by trading in 20,000 airmiles to offset the 7,500 pounds of C02 he estimates his book tour-de-force will produce.

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