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This from Inhabitat.com:-
“We write a lot about wave power here at Inhabitat, but functional wave farms are few and far between.

Now Ocean Power Technologies has hooked up its PB40 PowerBuoy to the grid at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, marking the first time waves have provided energy to the U.S. electrical grid.”

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This article from inhabitat.com interested us at PTV.

As we see companies like GE and Better Place pushing towards the adoption of electric vehicles, we also see our governments sitting back waiting for the industry to work itself out while they pursue broader energy policy initiatives — or perhaps abandon them in the fight. Well, a new research paper by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy discovered that perhaps the best policy of all is aggressive adoption of electric cars. The paper found that electric car adoption could reduce our use of foreign oil and cut our emissions output much more than any other proposed policies.

Read more: Electric Car Adoption is the Best Way to Kick Our Oil Habits | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

Motivational speakers tend to say that if you’re going to aim for anything, aim high and think big. Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland, has done precisely that. Again.

Over the past five days, Salmond has doubled his government’s target for generating “green” electricity. Last Thursday he tore up the Scottish government’s goal of making half of Scotland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020, and replaced it with a new target of 80%.

Today at an international low carbon investment conference in Edinburgh, he set a higher goal, claiming Scotland could actually generate all of its electricity – currently about 6.8GW – from green sources by 2025.

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This from our friends at optemistworld.com:-

A plant compound in watercress may have the ability to suppress breast cancer cell development by ‘turning off’ a signal in the body, thereby starving a growing tumour of essential blood and oxygen.

The research suggests that the watercress compound is able to interfere with the function of a protein which plays a critical role in cancer development. As tumours develop they rapidly outgrow their existing blood supply. So they send out signals which make surrounding normal tissues grow new blood vessels into the tumour which feed them oxygen and nutrients.

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From Greenopolis

Remember all those oil absorbent booms that were used to clean up the massive Gulf Coast oil spill?

Despite looking like long tubes of overstuffed socks, they’re great for absorbing and containing oil-based liquids. They were definitely useful for the Gulf Coast oil spill, and now they’re going to be useful for General Motors. GM has decided to reuse these booms and turn them into car parts such as air dams and water deflectors.

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Wildlife rescue workers in Florida have discovered a common sandwich ingredient is perfect for cleaning toxic crude from the skin of oiled sea turtles.

Just days ago, government officials announced that the BP well responsible for the worst oil spill in American history is finally dead. Unfortunately, the crisis has only just begun for wildlife that lives in and around the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The staff at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida are still seeing new oiled turtles come in from areas affected by the spill, and they are using an easy-to-get, safe, and effective kitchen condiment to save their lives…

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Using fallen leaves and discarded plastic bottles, two designers have created a recycled material that could turn buildings into automatic rainwater collection systems.

Thousands of gallons of free water fall on roofs, parking lots, and sidewalks every day only to flow directly down the drain. Rainwater collection systems are often bulky and (in some regions) illegal. But with the Save Water Brick, your home and other buildings could collect this precious resource automatically.

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The UN has launched a $40bn (£25.5bn) health initiative aimed at saving the lives of 16 million women and children over the next five years.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said women and children “play a crucial role in development”.

About eight million under-fives die every year and more than a third of a million women lose their lives during pregnancy or childbirth.

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Aeroplanes could be far better for the environment, create less noise and be safer for passengers thanks to the development of new software.

The programme FLIGHT, developed by a University of Manchester academic, can apparently predict the true level of emissions released and help the industry improve its environmental reputation – one of the issues about which it’s most criticised.

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This from the BBC:-

US President Barack Obama is to install solar panels on the White House roof, a move lauded by climate activists as symbolic of the nation’s energy future.

The panels will heat the Obamas’ water and provide some electric power.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels later removed by Ronald Reagan. George W Bush put panels elsewhere on the White House grounds.

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Donor countries, private foundations, corporations and individuals meeting at the United Nations have pledged over $11.5 billion in new funding over the next three years for the global partnership to fight three killer diseases – HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

“At a time when so many Governments are tightening their belts, these commitments send a powerful message. It shows that many world leaders want to do the right thing beyond their borders, too,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who chaired the two-day replenishment meeting for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

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In response to global demand for innovations in public transportation, Google has pledged $1 million to a New Zealand company with an elevated opinion of urban commuting.

Two years ago, the search engine giant, Google Inc., made headlines by announcing Project 10^100: a global call for ideas that would change the world by helping as many people as possible. Over 150,000 ideas were submitted, and “drive innovation in public transportation” was voted one of the five winning concepts.

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