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Putting Elon Musk and Steve Jobs on a Pedestal Misrepresents How Innovation Happens | MIT Technology Review

Putting Elon Musk and Steve Jobs on a Pedestal Misrepresents How Innovation Happens | MIT Technology Review | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it
The idea that particular individuals drive history has long been discredited. Yet it persists in the tech industry, obscuring some of the fundamental factors in innovation.
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Interesting article - helps articulate why funding of basic science is important!

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First floating solar plant hopes to change waste energy in Australia

First floating solar plant hopes to change waste energy in Australia | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it
A floating solar plant is set to be constructed on a wastewater treatment basin in South Australia, in an Australia-first initiative.

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Huge Offshore Wind Farms Could Tame Hurricanes

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What happened when the hurricane ran across thousands of offshore wind turbines?
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Video -- I Didn't Know That: Recycling Steel -- National Geographic

Steel is strong, versatile and 100% recyclable. Learn how old steel shipping containers are given a new lease on life as liveable spaces.
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Naomi Klein: Green groups may be more damaging than climate change deniers | Salon.com

Naomi Klein: Green groups may be more damaging than climate change deniers | Salon.com | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it

Canadian author Naomi Klein is so well known for her blade-sharp commentary that it’s easy to forget that she is, above all, a first-rate reporter. I got a glimpse into her priorities as I was working on this interview. Klein told me she was worried that some of the things she had said would make it hard for her to land an interview with a president of the one of the Big Green groups (read below and you’ll see why). She was more interested in nabbing the story than being the story; her reporting trumped any opinion-making.

 

Such focus is a hallmark of Klein’s career. She doesn’t do much of the chattering class’s news cycle blathering. She works steadily, carefully, quietly. It can be surprising to remember that Klein’s immense global influence rests on a relatively small body of work; she has published three books, one of which is an anthology of magazine pieces.

 

Klein’s first book, No Logo, investigated how brand names manipulate public desires while exploiting the people who make their products. The book came out just weeks after the WTO protests in Seattle and became an international bestseller. Her next major book, The Shock Doctrine, argued that free-marketeers often use crises – natural or manufactured – to ram through deregulatory policies. With her newest, yet-to-be named book, Klein turns her attention to climate change. Scheduled for release in 2014, the book will also be made into a film by her husband and creative partner, Avi Lewis.

 

Klein’s books and articles have sought to articulate a counternarrative to the march of corporate globalization and government austerity. She believes climate change provides a new chance for creating such a counternarrative. “The book I am writing is arguing that our responses to climate change can rebuild the public sphere, can strengthen our communities, can have work with dignity.”

 

First, though, she has to finish the reporting. As she told me, speaking about the grass-roots response to climate chaos: “Right now it’s under the radar, but I’m following it quite closely.”

 

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Arguing that climate change gives us an opportunity to rebuild the public sphere and strengthen our communities but that larger businesses response may be preventing that. I'd argue that small businesses are moving in a more beneficial direction but I am a little biased on that!

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Can We Live on Sustainable Energy Alone? > ENGINEERING.com

Can We Live on Sustainable Energy Alone? > ENGINEERING.com | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it
Can renewable sources provide enough energy to eliminate our use of fossil fuels? Physics professor David MacKay shows that the numbers say yes. (Can #renewable sources provide enough #energy to eliminate our use of fossil fuels?
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Invisible forms of renewable energy | Make Wealth History

Invisible forms of renewable energy | Make Wealth History | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it
One of the ongoing objections wind power, Britain's most promising form of renewable energy, is that it is unsightly and ruins views. I kind of like wind turbines, I think they're rather graceful, but I appreciate that others don't.
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Spray-on solar cells? New nanoparticles make solar cells cheaper to manufacture | ScienceDaily.com

Spray-on solar cells? New nanoparticles make solar cells cheaper to manufacture | ScienceDaily.com | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it

University of Alberta researchers have found that abundant materials in Earth's crust can be used to make inexpensive and easily manufactured nanoparticle-based solar cells.

 

The discovery, several years in the making, is an important step forward in making solar power more accessible to parts of the world that are off the traditional electricity grid or face high power costs, such as the Canadian North, said researcher Jillian Buriak, a chemistry professor and senior research officer of the National Institute for Nanotechnology based on the U of A campus.

 

Buriak and her team have designed nanoparticles that absorb light and conduct electricity from two very common elements: phosphorus and zinc. Both materials are more plentiful than scarce materials such as cadmium and are free from manufacturing restrictions imposed on lead-based nanoparticles.

 

"Half the world already lives off the grid, and with demand for electrical power expected to double by the year 2050, it is important that renewable energy sources like solar power are made more affordable by lowering the costs of manufacturing," Buriak said.

 

Her team's research supports a promising approach of making solar cells cheaply using mass manufacturing methods like roll-to-roll printing (as with newspaper presses) or spray-coating (similar to automotive painting). "Nanoparticle-based 'inks' could be used to literally paint or print solar cells or precise compositions," Buriak said.

 

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Wind Farms And House Values: How Does The Renewable Energy Source ... - Huffington Post

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Global Food Disparity: A Photo Diary

Global Food Disparity: A Photo Diary | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it
In an increasingly globalized world, it’s still sometimes shocking to see just how disparate our lives are compared with other human beings around the world. A book of photographs by Peter ...
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The 1.7 Kilogram Microchip:  Energy and Material Use in the Production of Semiconductor Devices - Environmental Science & Technology (ACS Publications)

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Six Myths About Renewable Energy, and Seven Answers - Energy Collective

Six Myths About Renewable Energy, and Seven Answers - Energy Collective | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it
Energy Collective Six Myths About Renewable Energy, and Seven Answers Energy Collective Keith Johnson, writing recently in the Wall Street Journal, does a commendably even-handed job laying out “Six Myths About Renewable Energy.” Citing the rapid...
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Coal more risky than renewables - Phys.Org

Coal more risky than renewables - Phys.Org | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it
The Age Coal more risky than renewables Phys.Org "The research confirms that policies pursuing very high penetrations of renewable electricity, based on commercially available technologies, offer a reliable, affordable and low risk way to...
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The Oil Drum | The Economic and Political Consequences of the Last 10 Years of Renewable Energy Development

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6 Myths About Renewable Energy, Busted!

6 Myths About Renewable Energy, Busted! | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it
The evidence is in: Renewable energy is viable, reliable, and ready to go! Here are six of the most common myths about renewable energy – myths that simply don’t stand up to reality.
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Solar energy: African economies' secret weapon - Fortune Management

Solar energy: African economies' secret weapon - Fortune Management | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it
Africa has become a haven for renewable energy, spearheaded by small, tech savvy companies.
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A Smart Phone Uses as Much Energy as a Refrigerator? - IEEE Spectrum

A Smart Phone Uses as Much Energy as a Refrigerator? - IEEE Spectrum | Energy Sustainability | Scoop.it
A new paper explores whether efficiency can outpace the staggering growth in digital gadgets' power demand
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