Maldives try to become first total carbon neutrality country by 2020

The President of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, said Sunday in a statement, that within the next ten years the Maldives, an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, has plans to shift entirely to renewable energy sources in an effort to become the world's first carbon-neutral country. "We aim to become carbon-neutral in a decade," he said.

New greenhouse gas discovered: Sulfuryl fluoride, 4800x worse than CO2

A team of international researchers have discovered that Sulfuryl fluoride, a gas typically utilized in the repellant and control of insects, actually has an impact on global warming and is most definitely considered a greenhouse gas. In fact, though most are familiar with carbon dioxide (CO2) the effect of Sulfuryl flouride on global warming is 4,800 times worse than CO2. Lucky for us, the gas has a maximum lifespan of 36 years, and is not currently produced in high quantities so its ill fated effects can be halted prior to the occurrence of devastating effects.

AT&T converting to natural gas on 8,000 fleet vehicles

Over the next five years, as part of a project costing $350 million dollars, AT&T will buy and convert 8,000 Ford Motor Company vans and trucks over to natural gas (AT&T currently has 88,000 vehicles in its entire fleet). This move is the single largest commitment ever by a U.S. corporation toward using alternative fueled vehicles.

Scientists claim water levels will rise much faster than expected

Scientists attending the International Scientific Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen today said that sea levels may rise this century at about twice the pace previously predicted.  The new forecast claims that by 2100, the climate change could cause sea levels to rise by as much as 39 inches.

Al Gore backs Dot Eco LLC, seeks to create .eco domain

While .COM, .NET and .ORG are the oldest top-level domains on the Internet, other more recent additions have included .GOV, .BIZ, .INFO, .NAME and .TV. A suggested porn-only .XXX domain was defeated back in 2007. And now Al Gore, the former vice-president, and his Alliance for Climate Protection, are both backing a group called Dot Eco LLC that would like to see .ECO added as an official domain for raising environmental awareness. Could we someday be visiting www.algore.eco?

Eleanor: MIT's 90 mph solar-powered racecar

Boston (MA) - The latest among the solar race car designs produced by MIT looks outrageous, and directly from space, however it is capable of achieving speeds of up to 90 mph and is equipped with technology that could eventually reach the EV's and hybrids that many of us will actually drive. SLIDESHOW: Eleanor, the 90 mph solar powered racecar

California targets semiconductor industry for huge greenhouse gas reduction

California's Air Resources Board voted unanimously yesterday to regulate "some of the most potent gases produced by the semiconductor industry, which makes chips for cell phones, computer and cars." Some of the gases in question are fluorinated gases, which reportedly have a 23,000 times greater greenhouse effect on the Earth than does CO2.

Toyota wants to build a car from seaweed

With the entire world looking for green alternatives, Toyota is in talks regarding an ultra lightweight, incredibly efficient plug-in hybrid with a body made of seaweed. The vehicle could potentially be seen in showrooms in 15 years, but it’s definitely not coming any time soon.

Ericsson Plans 100 Solar-Powered Cellular Base Stations in Africa

In remote locations it's often very expensive to build generators or run power lines from remote power sources for whatever the need, even hospitabls. But in Africa, the desire by cell phone companies to "reach out and touch someone", even in extremely remote areas, is being overcome today through the use of one of that continent's most abundant resources: sunlight. Ericsson will begin by adding 100 base stations used for cellular phones, each of which will be at least partially powered by solar energy.

UPS deploys 300 natural gas mail trucks

UPS has added 300 CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicles to its delivery truck fleet. The company said it now operates more than 1800 alternative fuel vehicles.

China to build 10 megawatt solar power plant, wind proving far cheaper

China is quickly moving into alternative energy in monstrous proportions. There will be an open-bid competition in March to choose a project lead for the construction of a 10 MWp (megawatt-peak) solar power plant in northwestern China. The plant is estimated to generate 16.37 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. This follows a previous investment in a 400 megawatt-peak wind farm, which costs $659 million to construct.

High speed railway coming to California, Gov claims U.S. rail system needs upgrade

California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, will be overseeing a technology injection into the state's railway system. A new high-speed bullet train will be built in California over the next two decades. The 800 mile railway will travel at speeds up to 220 miles per hour, and is the first major advance in railway commuter speed in the U.S. over the past 100 years.

Diesel trucks converted, now powered by cow manure

This week the wheels began turning on the first cow-powered milk trucks in the United States at the World Agriculture Expo in Tulare, California. If you have an image of a team of cows pulling a truck along, well you'll be happy to know it's not quite like that.

BP building cellulose biofuel business from grasses

As far back as March, 2007, BP's plan to bring about biofuel technology was causing a raucous. BP wanted to instigate biofuel production on a scale large enough to have a net drop in carbon emissions from automobiles, something believed to be a step toward addressing global climate change. While several warnings were issued to BP over the next two years, plans were announced yesterday that BP would enter the next-gen biofuels industry with a refinery being built in Florida, powered by waste agricultural products and grasses.

Raw biomass converted into gasoline-like biofuel in two-step process

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have developed a two-step process which converts the raw cellulose of biomass into a promising fuel. The process is described in the February 11 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and is "unprecedented in its use of untreated, inedible biomass as the starting material."

Biofuel test flights by airlines increasing

Airline usage of biofuels seems to be on a slow upswing, with several airlines recently testing alternative fuels to power their airplanes to various destinations. It looks as if all of these tests were, at least for the moment, only for research purposes.

Brewery converts beer waste into ethanol fuel

Next time you enjoy a microbrew you might find it even a little more tasty knowing the discarded beer yeast used to make it helps with the creation of eco-friendly fuels. That's the idea, anyhow, behind a partnership between an ethanol gas company and a California brewery.

Wind farms will soon receive specialized weather forecasts

How many roads must a man walk down? The answer is blowing in the wind. And now, thanks to new research carried out at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Xcel Energy, new forecasting technologies might just tell us which way the wind blows, how fast and for how long.

The Arctic may become fully protected in response to climate change

With arctic sea ice melting more and more each year, scientists want to protect a region they say will someday be the sole remaining frozen bastion of a disappearing world. An area reaching from the northern Canadian archipelago and western Greenland would be the first area to be formally protected because of climate change. This would attempt to preserve the lives of polar bears and other arctic animals in a safe habitat.

Study: Rising oceanic acidity could disorient fish

 With global carbon levels reportedly on the rise, it is possible that ocean life could potentially be in danger. As the carbon levels rise, ocean acid levels also rise giving fish a biologically difficult time living in the seas.