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Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

A new group of nano explorers could change the way children learn about positive...

R.E.S. Americas orders 166 MW-worth of wind turbines from Vestas

R.E.S. Americas orders 166 MW-worth of wind turbines from Vestas

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received an order from Renewable Energy Sys...

N.R.D.C. fights back, counters discrediting advertisements through TV ads

N.R.D.C. fights back, counters discrediting advertisements through TV ads

New York-based environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council ha...

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

Three small hydropower plants developed by RusHydroare set to begin construction...

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

The Natural Resources Defense Council, and more than two dozen organizations, is...

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

By using supercritical steam, solar thermal power plants could produce enough en...

Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

The Asian Development Bank has handed over the country’s very first wind-solar h...

Business

Technology

More arctic lakes, more carbon storage?

More arctic lakes, more carbon storage?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Thermokarst lakes – created when permafrost melts – are soaking up carbon from the atmosphere. New research from the University of Alaska Fairbanks is...

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Politics

Living Green

Artificial lawns - Saving money and water

Artificial lawns - Saving money and water

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that landscape irrigation accounts for almost one-third of all residential water usage. The costs of ...

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Renewables

EDF purchases wind farm to provide clean power to Microsoft

EDF purchases wind farm to provide clean power to Microsoft

Sunday, 20 July 2014

A 175 megawatt-wind farm 60 miles southwest of the city of Chicago in Illinois has been purchased by EDF Renewable Energy. The Pilot Hill Wind Project...

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Low-Carbon

Green business practices for the 21st century office

Green business practices for the 21st century office

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Gone are those days that both employers and employees are rampantly wasting resources due to ineffective policies and well, ignorance. Below are some ...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Venture capital in ‘cleantech’ down by 4.5 percent last year

Venture capital investment in "cleantech" companies in the United States reached $4.9 billion in 2011, 4.5 percent down compared with investments in 2010, according to Ernst & Young L.L.P.

The category refers to activities in alternative fuels, energy generation and storage, energy efficiency, water, environment and "industry focused products and services" in agriculture, construction, and other sectors. Natural gas is included in alternative fuels.

By region, California continued to lead investment with $2.8 billion, putting in $629.5 million through 26 deals in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone. Coming next are Massachusetts with $465.1 million and Colorado with $363.3 million.

A total of $688.3 million was raised through five I.P.O.'s in 2011, from three in 2010. Three of the newly listed companies came from the biofuels sector - Solazyme, Gevo and Kior. Rentech Inc., a Los Angeles-based clean energy solutions company, and San Jose-based Intermolecular Inc., a semiconductor R and D firm, raised $136.8 million and $96.5 million, respectively.

"Cleantech is still in the early stages of a long-term journey," said Jay Spencer, Ernst & Young's Cleantech director for the Americas.

Ernst & Young used data from Dow Jones VentureSource. – EcoSeed Staff



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