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Drought Conditions May Limit Panama Canal Passage

The head of the Panama Canal Authority warned that drought conditions may limit the draft of ships able to make the 48-mile passage. Besides its role in Panama’s economy, the Panama Canal watershed supplies clean drinking water and hydroelectric power for the Panama City metro area.

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EarthTalk: Are Hydrogen Cars a Viable Option?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that fuel cell cars aren’t really any greener than conventional gas-powered internal combustion cars? – Michelle Adamo, Portland, OR A decade ago cars powered by fuel cells seemed like the future of green automotive travel, but many…

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Slight Uptick in U.S. New Vehicle Fuel Economy in July

U.S. fuel economy near record high As we reported early last June, new vehicle fuel economy (window-sticker value) in the U.S. hit an all-time high in May of 25.7 miles per gallon (MPG) as reported by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. June saw a slight dip in fuel economy, off 0.2 to 25.5 MPG. The institute just released their research…

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China Issues EV, New Energy Vehicle Mandate

Instituting another measure to reduce carbon emissions and toxic air quality, China’s national government is requiring that at least 30%, of new cars purchased by local government bodies, public institutions and publicly funded organizations’ between 2014-2016 be EVs or “new energy” vehicles.

Solar Roadways

A Response to Critics of the Solar Roadways Concept

While there is an abundance of positive response to the Solar Roadways concept, there has also been an avalanche of negativity that completely misses the point. As reviewed in a recent Global Warming is Real article, the concept of embedding solar panels into American roadways represents a powerful new approach to green innovation and finance. Without paying heed to the benefits, many…

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Vehicle fuel economy hits a record high in a continuing trend of rising efficiency and lower emissions for new vehicles

Average Vehicle Fuel Economy at Record High

Higher gas prices, better fuel economy, lower emissions According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute the average fuel economy (the number given on the window sticker) for new vehicles hit a record high in May of 25.7 miles-per-gallon (mph), a 0.4 mpg rise from April. Vehicle fuel efficiency has increased 5.5 mpg since October of 2007, when the Institute…

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Artist rendition of Solar Roadways interstate.

Solar Roadways’ Innovative Sun Powered Technology and Finance

Solar Roadways is a grassroots company that is a stellar example of a powerful new approach to business. Their business model is a perfect marriage between innovative technology and innovative finance. Solar Roadways are spearheading a new reality that levels the playing field and gives us reason to believe that we will find a way to meet our energy needs without fossil fuels. Solar power was discovered over 170 years ago, but it was only…

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