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Volcanic geothermal energy provides significant amounts of power in Iceland, New Zealand and the Philippines. Some analysts believe that the U.S. has enough geothermal capacity to provide 20 percent or more of electricity needs. Pictured: The Palinpinon Geothermal power plant in the Philippines

EarthTalk: Harnessing Volcanic Energy

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is there any way to harness volcanic energy to meet our electricity and other power needs? – Antonio Lopez, Chino, CA The short answer is yes: Heat generated by underground volcanic activity can and has been harnessed for electricity for…

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Eco-Business Innovations 2009 Year End Review

Despite sinking into the deepest recession since the Great Depression, the levels of green innovation rose to historic heights in 2009. This has been a trying year marked by economic decline and the near collapse of global finance. On the environmental front, progress was hampered by an uncooperative US Senate, the ruse of climate-gate and a less than stellar result at COP15. However, the plethora…

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Geothermal Energy Is On The Rise As An Alternative Energy Solution

New investment in alternative sources of energy includes expanding geothermal energy systems capacity.