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Jan. 22, 2009: International Renewable Energy Agency emerges a last…

The International Renewable Energy Agency will be established on 26 January 2009 in Bonn, Germany. Bonn, 22 January 2009 – More than 100 states will attend the Founding Conference of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) next Monday in Bonn. Approximately 50 states announced that they would sign the treaty. Since the nineties [...]

Environment News Service: February 18, 2009

Lab-on-a-Chip the Latest Weapon Against Pollution WASHINGTON, DC, February 18, 2009 (ENS) - Israeli scientists have developed a tiny laboratory, complete with a microscopic workbench, to measure water quality in real time. (more…)

TOWARDS A SECURE, SUSTAINABLE AND COMPETITIVE EUROPEAN ENERGY NETWORK

Europe's energy networks are the arteries on which we all depend for the energy to fuel our homes, businesses and leisure. The EU's energy policy1 sets out clear goals and objectives2 for sustainable, competitive and secure energy. The renewable energy and climate change package of January 20083 will commit Member States to ambitious renewable [...]

A Libertarian view that is half-right and uses ShadowStats as we do at Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators

George Orwell wrote his legendary novel 1984 just after World War II. It is renowned for its portrayal of government’s encroachment on the rights of the individual. It was Orwell’s warning against totalitarianism, specifically Stalin’s Soviet Union. Pervasive thought control and surveillance of citizens is prominent throughout the novel. [...]

Building Responsible Property Portfolios, UNEPFI and PRI, 2008

This report helps Principles of Responsible Investing signatories understand how they can apply the Principles to property assets through what some call responsible property investing (RPI) by highlighting the work of leading practitioners. Download PDF.

PNN News Update 23: January 14, 2009

How You Can Start a Farm in Heart of the City Imagine sitting down to a salad of peppery arugula and heirloom tomatoes that you grew yourself. Or a Sunday omelet of eggs laid that morning, served with a thick slice of fresh sourdough, butter and apricot jam -- all homemade, of course. Or imagine toasting your friends with a mead made from local [...]

OBAMA APPOINTS A ‘CHICAGO BOY’ TO OVERSEE REGULATION AT OMB

Integrity in Science Watch - Jan. 12, 2009 Legal Scholar Sunstein Tapped for Key Reg Spot President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former University of Chicago law school colleague Cass R. Sunstein to head the influential Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which will have a powerful say over the pace and content of government [...]

TOYOTA MAINTAINS PACE, BROADENS SCOPE OF ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES

EV Concept Confirms Battery-Electric Vehicle in 2012; First of 150 Plug-ins Arrive Late ‘09 to Lease-Fleet Customers; As Many As 10 New Gas-Electric Hybrids by early 2010s DETROIT, MI, January 10, 2009 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. today announced that it will display the Toyota FT-EV concept on opening Media Day at [...]

Developing Renewables Newsletter: Jan. 6, 2009

Final Results of the RTD4EDC project available: the potential for renewable energy in developing countries is high, the EU’s research policy can play an important role in realising this potential. (more…)

Earth Policy News – Planting Trees and Managing Soils to Sequester Carbon

Earth Policy Institute Plan B 3.0 Book Byte For Immediate Release December 30, 2008 Lester R. Brown As of 2007, the shrinking forests in the tropical regions were releasing 2.2 billion tons of carbon per year. Meanwhile, expanding forests in the temperate regions were absorbing 0.7 billion tons of carbon annually. On balance, a net of [...]

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