- Green jobs: One goal, two different paths -- The Wall Street Journal
Expect to hear a lot of talk about green-collar jobs this year. However, as this post notes, it's not clear which approach is best for creating those jobs.
- Lotus targets Tesla with EV of its own -- Wired.com
Lotus, which makes the body for the Tesla Roadster, is developing electric powertrain technologies.
- Apple choosing ZPower for batteries? Good chance of it -- Greentech Media
Rumor has it that zinc-silver battery company ZPower could supply batteries for Apple laptops.
- North Carolina approves Duke's solar program but not the cost -- Dow Jones
Duke Energy is trying to install 15 megawatts that it will own, but it has run into a serious snag with utility regulators.
- Coming soon at Steinway, solar power -- The New York Times
An interesting choice of solar technology: Piano maker is using small solar troughs to power an absorption chiller.
- A gym powered by sweat and tears -- BBC
A gym in Portland, Ore., installs equipment that uses exercise to charge a battery. The challenge is the upfront cost.
- BlueFire: Cellulosic delay to be less than 6 months -- Reuters
Another sign in how getting financing--not seed capital--is slowing down clean-tech projects, this example being second-generation ethanol.
- Catastrophe figures for 2008 confirm climate agreement is urgently needed -- press release
Severe weather events, caused from climate change, resulted in one of the most dangerous--and expensive--years on record for the insurance industry.
- Coal ash scrutiny returns -- The Charlotte Observer
Last month's toxic sludge spill brings to light the dangers of more potential disasters due to earthen dams that hold tons of toxic coal ash.
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.