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September 2010

Cutting school’s energy waste and bills

Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative just announced an Energy Efficient Schools Initiative that plans to install efficient windows, digital sensors, and smart thermostats in 500 Long

The charge of California’s light brigade

The California Public Utilities Commission wants to transform the lighting market by having utilities lower subsidies for compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) in favor of newer

Tracking clouds to predict solar bounty

Solar energy is attractive compared to traditional sources, but it’s not always predictable. Scientists in Hawaii and California are working on this problem, developing sensor

Their moon shot and ours

Tom Friedman of the New York Times lists four Chinese moon shots — multibillion-dollar, 25-year, game-changing projects: a network of modern airports, a web of

The irrigation juggernaut

Two Columbia University scientists have mapped irrigation over time. Between 1901 and 2002, irrigated land has jumped five-fold, helping to feed today’s six billion people.

A greener champagne bottle

The bubbles in bubbly are¬† carbon dioxide (CO2). France’s champagne industry wants to cut the 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide it emits yearly producing

The Urgent Islands

In this editorial, the New York Times¬†paraphrases the old saw, ‘If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?’, asking, ‘If a