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* Hope for new era of cheap, clean power is a 'myth' * Hope for new era of cheap, clean power is a 'myth'
* Building more stations would increase terror risk * Building more stations would increase terror risk
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 +== Homeowner of solar-hydrogen house has $0.00 utility bill ==
 +'''Conrad Quilty-Harper''', Mar 17, 2007 [http://www.engadget.com/2007/03/17/homeowner-of-solar-hydrogen-house-has-0-00-utility-bill/ Engadget]
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 +Mike Strizki, a civil engineer living in New Jersey has converted his home into a completely energy self-sufficient abode that runs exclusively on a combination of solar and hydrogen power.
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 +== Using solar energy to keep homes cool ==
 +'''Martin LaMonica''', March 20, 2007, [http://news.com.com/Using+solar+energy+to+keep+homes+cool/2100-11392_3-6168616.html?tag=nefd.top CNET News.com]
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 +SolCool's air conditioner can be run directly from solar panels, existing wiring or even, in a pinch, batteries. The solar-powered air conditioner is one of a growing number of energy-efficient products designed to save money, reduce pollution and maintain power during blackouts.
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A very green computer

Zonbu PC
Zonbu PC

"The Zonbu is a new, very energy efficient PC. The Zonbu consumes just one third of the power of a typical light bulb. The device runs the Linux operating system using a 1.2 gigahertz processor and 512 meg of RAM. It also contains no moving parts, and does even contain a fan. You can get one for as little as US$99, but it does require you to sign up for a two-year subscription."

From Metaefficient

Call for greener buildings

Royce Millar, July 26, 2007 The Age

The leader of Victoria's architects has called for an end to high-rise housing and offices that do not meet strict world's best green standards.

Royal Australian Institute of Architects president Philip Goad said yesterday it was time high-rise buildings were subject to a tougher environmental code. Green Star ratings for commercial buildings are voluntary. Apartment buildings, but not single apartments, must meet Victoria's five-star rating.

"But I don't believe we yet have had a truly green high-rise proposition. We're still waiting for a green high-rise residential tower, one that sets new standards," Mr Goad said.

He said unless buildings were clearly sustainable they should not be allowed.

Thousands at risk from halogen-light death traps

Mark Russell, July 22, 2007 The Age

Thousands of Victorian homes fitted with halogen downlights are potential death traps, with 57 house fires in Melbourne over the past 18 months directly caused by the fashionable lights igniting roofing insulation.

Sustainability Victoria's Roger Kluske said he was shocked by the number of house fires caused by halogen lights. "Halogens are a bloody nightmare and they're everywhere, in homes, office buildings, cafes … The easiest thing to do would be to ban them," he said.

45% Renewable Energy For Germany By 2030

Friday July 6, 2007 MetaEfficient

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. He said Berlin was now setting a more ambitious target to produce at least 20 percent of electricity used in the country with renewable resources such as wind and solar power by 2020 and 45 percent by 2030.

Nuclear expansion is a pipe dream, says report

John Vidal, environment editor, Guardian Unlimited Environment
Wednesday July 4, 2007 Article link

  • Hope for new era of cheap, clean power is a 'myth'
  • Building more stations would increase terror risk

Homeowner of solar-hydrogen house has $0.00 utility bill

Conrad Quilty-Harper, Mar 17, 2007 Engadget

Mike Strizki, a civil engineer living in New Jersey has converted his home into a completely energy self-sufficient abode that runs exclusively on a combination of solar and hydrogen power.

Using solar energy to keep homes cool

Martin LaMonica, March 20, 2007, CNET News.com

SolCool's air conditioner can be run directly from solar panels, existing wiring or even, in a pinch, batteries. The solar-powered air conditioner is one of a growing number of energy-efficient products designed to save money, reduce pollution and maintain power during blackouts.

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