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Welcome to this Friday’s Green numbers round-up!
IBM Reveals Five Innovations that Will Change Cities in the Next Five Years
IBM unveiled a list of innovations that have the potential to change how people live, work and play in cities around the globe over the next five to ten years:
· Cities will have healthier immune systems
· City buildings will sense and respond like living organisms
· Cars and city buses will run on empty
· Smarter systems will quench cities’ thirst for water and save energy
· Cities will respond to a crisis — even before receiving an emergency phone call
Brazil holds 1,800MW wind power auction
“Brazil has held its first energy sale directed exclusively at wind power. More than 1,800MW of wind energy was contracted $82.8 per MWh. The proceeds of the auction will allow for the construction of 71 generation projects across five states in the northeast and south of the country.”
Global governments commit $4bn to carbon capture and storage projects worldwide
The US and Australian governments and the EU have committed more than $4bn in support for 13 carbon capture and sequestration demonstration projects. The projects being supported include power plants of about 300MW.
The Australian-funded Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute formed a partnership with international non government organisation The Climate Group to accelerate the construction of plants in five countries within Europe, China, India, Australia and the US.
Alaskan Coastline Triple-Threatened, Eroding at Incredible 45 Feet Per Year (Video) : TreeHugger
A study out of the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that a substantial piece of the northern Alaska coastline is eroding at an astonishing rate of 45 feet a year thanks to three major threats – less ice, more waves, and warmer water.
50 reasons why global warming isn’t natural
A British newspaper today published a list of “100 reasons why global warming is natural”.
This is a quick look at the first 50 of their claims – and a debunking of each one
Solar Could Meet 15% of US Demand by 2020
A consortium of solar industry trade groups released a report indicating that solar photovoltaics could provide up to 12 percent of Europe’s electricity and the combination of PV, concentrated solar power and solar thermal could deliver 15 percent of electricity in the U.S. by 2020.
300 Million-Year-Old Limestone Houses Ultra Efficient Data Center 22 Stories Underground : TreeHugger
“In western Pennsylvania, a data center is using the benefits of a very cool location. It’s Iron Mountain’s man-made caverns in an old limestone mine, and in room 48, an experiment in data center efficiency design and the use of geothermal environmental conditions for extra efficiency is taking place. In other words, researchers are trying to find out if putting data centers deep underground will be an ideal place for them. “
Sony Ericsson Announces Two Green Phones; Meet the Elm and the Hazel : TreeHugger
“As part of their GreenHeart effort to release mobile phones that lean on the eco-friendly side, Sony Ericsson has released two options – the Elm and the Hazel – both of which seem to have green features that set them above other similar devices on the market, including using recycled materials and eliminating toxic materials. The new phones do more than just ditching the paper manuals.”
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