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Clean, green can mean lots of jobs

October 28, 2013

It has something to do with windmills — or hybrid cars. It’s related to alternative and renewable energy. It’s solar power. BLOG: Economy cut green jobs less, study says COLUMN: Climate destroys, creates jobs That’s what people told me comes to mind when they think of “green” or “clean” jobs. As one person summed up what they […]

Greenhouse gases nearing highly dangerous levels, study finds

WASHINGTON — Emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are growing at such a rate that the world will probably exceed a safe limit in average global temperatures by the end of the century and veer into a higher temperature zone that would profoundly damage economic growth and most other aspects of life, according to a new report […]

Thinnest light absorber yet could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar cells

October 18, 2013

Thinnest light absorber yet could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar cells by Signe Brewster JUL. 18, 2013 – 10:57 AM PDT SUMMARY:Stanford researchers found gold nanoparticles 14 nanometers tall can absorb 93 percent of reddish-orange light, making them an interesting candidate for use in solar cells. tweet this Gold may not seem like the best […]

School buses go green, with propane fuel

October 14, 2013

More school districts shift away from diesel fuel to stretch strained budgets and promote cleaner air. (Photo: Omaha School District) STORY HIGHLIGHTS About 95% of the nation’s 480,000 school buses still run on diesel The initial cost of a new, full-size propane school bus is about $100,000 That’s $3,000-$4,000 more than a similarly sized diesel […]

UNSW unveils the future-a solar hybrid electric vehicle

October 9, 2013

UNSW unveils the future – a solar hybrid electric vehicle By Giles Parkinson on 15 August 2013 The award-winning UNSW Solar Racing Team, Sunswift, is making a big transition this year – from racing a solar module on wheels to what team members think might be the future of the car; a solar electric hybrid vehicle. Sunswift […]