Green news harvest: Wind power expands in Northwest; lime-laced oceans explored to fight global warming
A sampling of green-tech news, including a waste-to-fuel plant set for Nevada, criticism of new coal plants, hybrid taxis in the Big Apple, smart homes set for Europe, and more.
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
- Wind power could quadruple in the Northwest by 2015 - The Oregonian
Advocates of wind power are startled by its projected expansion in Oregon and Washington. But hooking up wind plants to the grid remains a challenge.
- Critics object to plans for coal plants in Michigan - Detroit Free Press
Michigan utilities claim the popularity of plasma televisions and other electronics is spurring the need for new power plants.
Seed oceans with lime to absorb CO2? - PhysOrg
Lime from limestone improves the capability of seawater to absorb carbon dioxide. Shell is reportedly investing in a group effort by scientists to explore the idea to fight global warming.
- Fulcrum BioEnergy plans Nevada waste-to-fuel plant - Greentech Media
The company is planning a $120 million plant east of Reno to brew ethanol from household garbage.
- World's wealthiest investing 'green' - SocialFunds.com
The ultra-rich in Europe and the Middle East are leading an increase in investments in the "green" sector, according to the World Wealth Report 2008 from Merrill Lynch and Capgemini.
- Hybrid shortage challenges New York City's green taxi goals - USA Today
Big Apple taxis are supposed to transition to all-hybrid fleets starting in October. But short supplies of both the vehicles and replacement parts could make for a bumpy transition.
- How Wal-Mart became the new FDA - GreenBiz.com The retail giant is essentially regulating the market by deciding to stop stocking potentially toxic plastic bottles, says Fortune writer Marc Gunther.
- 'Green New Deal' urged by British think tank - Reuters
Before a climate change "point of no return" strikes, the New Economics Foundation calls for a collective push for clean technologies.
- Zero-emission homes planned for Paris and Barcelona - Guardian.co.uk
European developers are planning to make the world's first units of "smart" housing, featuring sensors and renewable energy, available by the end of 2009.