Andrew Burger

Big Boost to Alternative Energy, Clean Tech If Obama Stimulus Passes Senate

The Obama’s Administration’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” passed muster in the House but there’s still a lot of politicking and debate going on as the Senate works on its version of the bill and the two Congressional bodies resolve any differences. The Act aims to create up to 4 million jobs, 500,000 of them in the “green sector” by investing $69 billion to enhance the nation’s energy infrastructure, improve energy efficiency and conservation, and double production of renewable energy.

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Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit: Germany-US Agree Transatlantic Climate-Energy Pact

In the wake of launching the "Transatlantic Climate Bridge," reps from Germany and the US, including Frank Loy, the Obama campaign's climate adviser, were on hand to discuss prospects for US leadership at a two-day climate change and energy event in D.C.

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Using Charcoal to Enhance Soil, Produce Fuel, Capture Carbon

Incomplete burning of plant organic residue to produce biofuel and biochar offers a means of permanently storing large amounts of carbon while at the same time producing renewable energy, enhancing soil fertility and agricultural productivity, enhancing resistance to drought and flood and preserving biodiviersity, according to the UNCCD, which is advocating for greater recognition and support of biochar projects in in UN-led climate change adaptation and mitigation agreements and initiatives.

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Foresting Degraded Land Could Meet Growing Global Energy Demand

Contrary to widely-held assumptions, growing global energy demand could be met sustainably and in a carbon neutral, possibly even carbon negative, way by afforesting land degraded and using lignocellulosic biomass to produce electrical power, liquid fuels and other chemicals. Doing so would have significant additional environmental and social, as well as economic, benefits, two German researchers assert.

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Out With the Coal & Oil, In With the Geothermal in East Africa’s Rift Valley

Growing acknowledgment of the unaccounted for cost of fossil fuels in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, ecological degradation, economic development and foreign policy have sparked interest in a wide range of alternative fuel and power resources. One of the most promising and perhaps underestimated has been geothermal power. That's changing. The UN Environment Program and General Environment Facility released the results of a geothermal test program in Kenya that bodes well for geothermal power's future not only in the East Africa Rift Valley but around the world.

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