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At the Limits of the Market Part 2: Why Capitalism Hasn't Solved Climate Change

At the Limits of the Market Part 2: Why Capitalism Hasn't Solved Climate Change | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it

One answer to the question of why free market capitalism has failed to generate technological solutions to the crisis of climate change is that green innovation simply isn’t as profitable as speculation. In an era when financial markets generate record profits and investment banks are too big to fail, the long work of investment, research and construction of new energy infrastructure simply isn’t attractive to profit-seeking corporations.

 

Faced with the clear failure of the free market to respond to the approaching dangers of climate change, politicians have reacted by attempting to coax corporations into serving the needs of people as well as the bottom line. 


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Navy researchers demonstrate flight powered by fuel created from seawater | KurzweilAI

Navy researchers demonstrate flight powered by fuel created from seawater | KurzweilAI | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
Flying a radio-controlled replica of the historic WWII P-51 Mustang red-tail aircraft, NRL researchers (l to r) Jeffrey Baldwin, Dennis Hardy, Heather
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Solar Continued Exponential Growth in 2012, But Politics May Stymie Growth

Solar Continued Exponential Growth in 2012, But Politics May Stymie Growth | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
At any given moment, the sun bathes the earth in enough solar energy to power the world 10,000 times over. Capturing and converting that energy into usable electricity presents major technical challenges.
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The effect of stymie growth of solar energy will be that the systems will improve (more powerful) and in the end ... cheap and clean energy will survive, not the 'oil-lobby'.

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Can the 3-D printer help 'green' the auto industry? - Environment & Energy Publishing

Can the 3-D printer help 'green' the auto industry? - Environment & Energy Publishing | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
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Can the 3-D printer help 'green' the auto industry?
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8 Ways To Spot Great Leadership

8 Ways To Spot Great Leadership | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
If you ever wonder why we’re in a crisis of leadership all you have to do is to watch and listen to those in positions of leadership.
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Energy management as a corporate strategy - The Nation

Energy management as a corporate strategy - The Nation | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
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Energy management as a corporate strategy
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Any company that values sustainability and long-term growth should consider developing a corporate energy management strategy. Not only is ...
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Energy Cost Innovation, Part 3: Global Impact of Low-Cost Clean ...

Energy Cost Innovation, Part 3: Global Impact of Low-Cost Clean ... | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
PART 1: Liquid Fuel Nuclear Reactors introduced the history and technology of liquid fuel nuclear reactors – the path not taken as the world followed Rickover's forceful choice of solid fuel reactors.
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When Will Solar Get Cheap Enough for Everyone to Use? - Mother Jones

When Will Solar Get Cheap Enough for Everyone to Use? - Mother Jones | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
When Will Solar Get Cheap Enough for Everyone to Use?
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Stephen Lacey at Greentech Media provides the striking figures illustrating the exponential growth of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the past few years: It took nearly four ...
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Solar-powered sterilization technology - Phys.Org

Solar-powered sterilization technology - Phys.Org | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
Solar-powered sterilization technology
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Rice University nanotechnology researchers have unveiled a solar-powered sterilization system that could be a boon for more than 2.5 billion people who lack adequate sanitation.
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Sharp Sets 43.5% Solar Efficiency Record With Triple Junction Compound Solar Cell

Sharp Sets 43.5% Solar Efficiency Record With Triple Junction Compound Solar Cell | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
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Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights

Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office has designed a tower with a façade composed of multiple wind-driven generators.


Thousands of wind turbines will produce enough energy to power the entire building. At night, the diamond-shaped generators are lit with thousands of LED lights incorporated into the building envelope.

The 350-meter (1,150-foot) structure, in Taichung City, China, will house the city’s Department of Urban Development, as well as commercial activities.

The tower’s façade, inspired by the plum blossom — China and Taiwan's  national flower – reacts to changes in direction and intensity of the wind, creating a truly dynamic visual effect. Similarly, mechanical wind power generators have LEDs, illuminating the façade and producing a pulsating flow of light, whose intensity and color adjust to correspond to changes in temperature and season.


The wind harnessing capability, along with the lighting that responds to local atmospheric conditions, makes this conceptual tower a true “decoder of nature.”


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Federico Morabito's comment, May 18, 2013 5:41 AM
This is an example of "Smart Progress" is in an effort to channel the interests of research towards evolutionary solutions, through systematic monitoring of the quality process of mental and physical state of the individual with the 'environment.
Edmund Chan's comment, May 19, 2013 12:45 AM
What about routine maintenance ?
Clem Stanyon's comment, May 30, 2013 11:17 PM
Fantastic!
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New lithium-ion battery design that’s 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster | ExtremeTech

New lithium-ion battery design that’s 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster | ExtremeTech | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new lithium-ion battery technology that is 2,000 times more powerful than comparable batteries.
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NIH explains Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative | KurzweilAI

NIH explains Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative | KurzweilAI | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
(Credit: Human Connectome Project) The National Institute of Health (NIH) has provided further details on the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative
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Green Car Congress: SmartBatt consortium shows prototype optimized future battery pack technology for electric vehicles

Green Car Congress: SmartBatt consortium shows prototype optimized future battery pack technology for electric vehicles | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
Online news, features and analysis (#prototype optimized #future #battery #pack #technology for #electric #vehicles http://t.co/qwv6BG0p via @sharethis...)...
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Feeding the World 2014: Sustainable solutions for a global crisis ...

Feeding the World 2014: Sustainable solutions for a global crisis ... | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
”Agricultural research for development is the engine that drives innovation”- Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR Consortium at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, Abu Dhabi, February 3, 2014. We have all seen the alarming ...
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Digital Agenda for Europe - European Commission

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Worldwide annual solar PV installations will double by 2020, says report | KurzweilAI

Worldwide annual solar PV installations will double by 2020, says report | KurzweilAI | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
(Credit: Navigant Research) Annual installations of new solar PV capacity will more than double in capacity by 2020, growing from a total 35.9 gigawatts
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Aluminum Studs Improve Solar Panel Efficiency

Aluminum Studs Improve Solar Panel Efficiency | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Imperial College London have shown that the efficiency of solar panel designs can be improved by up to 22 percent by covering their surface with aluminum studs. SE


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Take Advantage of The Sun And Its Energy - 21 Articles

Take Advantage of The Sun And Its Energy - 21 Articles | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
Take Advantage Of The Sun And Its Energy: Solar energy has grown increasingly popular recently. Both homes and establishments have much to gain ....
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At the Limits of the Market Part 2: Why Capitalism Hasn't Solved Climate Change

At the Limits of the Market Part 2: Why Capitalism Hasn't Solved Climate Change | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it

One answer to the question of why free market capitalism has failed to generate technological solutions to the crisis of climate change is that green innovation simply isn’t as profitable as speculation. In an era when financial markets generate record profits and investment banks are too big to fail, the long work of investment, research and construction of new energy infrastructure simply isn’t attractive to profit-seeking corporations.

 

Faced with the clear failure of the free market to respond to the approaching dangers of climate change, politicians have reacted by attempting to coax corporations into serving the needs of people as well as the bottom line. 


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KW30 | German solar PV generation peaks at just under 24 GW on July 21st, supplies 46% of mid-day demand - SolarServer

KW30 | German solar PV generation peaks at just under 24 GW on July 21st, supplies 46% of mid-day demand - SolarServer | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
Das ist die Beschreibung (RT @demoente: German solar PV generation peaks at just under 24 GW on July 21st, supplies 46% of mid-day demand http://t.co/pezjeGFzNc via …)...
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Battery Swap | Tesla Motors

Battery Swap | Tesla Motors | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
RT @ReidGower: Absolutely incredible. #Tesla just unveiled faster-than-gas battery swapping technology http://t.co/ZWZikAzfL3
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Whiz kid grows algae under her bed, wins Intel science fair  - NBC News.com

Whiz kid grows algae under her bed, wins Intel science fair  - NBC News.com | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
Sara Volz, 17, from Colorado Springs, Colo., joined the quest for practical alternatives to petroleum-based fuels in the seventh grade....
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Solar Panel Plane Demonstrates Continuation of Green Tech Obsession

Solar Panel Plane Demonstrates Continuation of Green Tech Obsession | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
Solar Impulse is a solar-powered airplane that can fly without a drop of fuel.
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High speed cancer-cell testing | KurzweilAI

High speed cancer-cell testing | KurzweilAI | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
Fast, precise, inexpensive cancer-cell testing device (credit: EPFL) Among a significant percentage of patients, the risk of metastasis of cancer is
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World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Online In United Arab Emirates

World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Online In United Arab Emirates | Sustainable-green-energy | Scoop.it
And now, this country that has risen from poverty to become the world’s thirteenth richest after striking oil, is doing renewable energy in a characteristically big way.
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