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45% Renewable Energy For Germany By 2030

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Germany plans to boost the percentage of electricity generated by renewable resources to 45 percent by 2030 in a bid to curb global warming, environment minister Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday. Gabriel told reporters that a progress report on a renewable energy law passed in 2000 showed that the country had already surpassed the quota of 12.5 percent set for 2010. …

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Green Coffee Beans

by Justin Thomas •

Roasting your own coffee beans at home is quite simple. It takes about 5 to 15 minutes and you get the freshest coffee around. Green or raw coffee beans can be bought for $4 to $5 per pound, about half the price of the roasted kind. Look for fair-traded, organic coffee beans — it’s the metaefficient choice. Sweet Maria’s is …

The Hague To Warm 4,000 Houses With Geothermal

by Justin Thomas •

The Dutch city of The Hague on Wednesday announced plans to use geothermal heating — water from a hot well deep underground — to warm 4,000 households and several industrial buildings, as part of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Although the idea of using underground warmth to heat homes is not new, the plan would be the largest …

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Innovation: Biodegradeable Coffee Cups!

by Justin Thomas •

Today, there is no way to compost or recycle the billions of disposable coffee cups used in the U.S. each year. It’s all due to a simple fact: the cups are lined with a petroleum-based plastic (polyethylene) to prevent leaking. But, finally, someone has invented a biodegradable coffee cup. The innovators are International Paper and Green Mountain Coffee. They’ve created …

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Green Hotel To Be Built Into Chinese Quarry

by Justin Thomas •

This hotel, designed by the Atkins groups, will be an outstanding example of incorporating a building into an existing site. The 400-bed resort is to be built near Shanghai in a 100 meter deep quarry. The quarry will provide protection from the weather, and reduce the energy needs of the hotel. The complex will contain restaurants, cafes, sport facilities, and …

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CleverCycles Store Opens

by Justin Thomas •

CleverCycles has opened a store in Portland, Oregon. This store specializes in selling bikes that can serve as replacements for cars. They offer Dutch cargo bikes (bakfietsen), city bikes, folding bikes and the Stokemonkey electric assist for Xtracycles (which we featured previously here). Clevercycle says their bikes “feature passenger and cargo capacity, plain-clothes comfort, all-weather readiness, and low maintenance”. They …

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Human Wildlife

by Justin Thomas •

This book, Human Wildlife, is an interesting survey of the fungi, yeasts, bacteria, worms and other creatures that inhabit the human body. Though sometimes hard to read, it’s certainly illuminating to know about the symbiotic relationships that the human body entertains, and well as the more parasitic ones.

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40,000 Homes Could Powered By Golden Gate Tidal Turbines

by Justin Thomas •

Tidal power could energize 40,000 homes in San Francisco. A study is being conducted to see if tidal power can be tapped by installing turbines on the sea floor below the Golden Gate Bridge. According to earlier studies, 40,000 San Franciscan homes could get clean energy from tidal turbines such as these. The California utility PG&E will be conducting the …

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Efficient Green Home by Wired

by Justin Thomas •

Wired Magazine has teamed up with LivingHomes to create an efficient green house called the WIRED LivingHome. LivingHomes is already known for designing cutting-edge, modern green homes. The 4057 square foot house will have a 4 kilowatt solar power system and be outfitted with efficient appliances. Green building materials will be used throughout. It will be located in the modernist …