Environment

Forget about Global Climate Agreements - Just Deal With China

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu argues that we should expend less efforts on international treaties and more effort on bilateral discussions with China. The US and China combined create 40% of the world's pollution. An innovative, aggressive, bilateral treaty will represent great progress, and encourage other nations to join. Wired Magazine profile http://bit.ly/bttpI8

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Switch to LED Lightbulbs

A new 10 watt LED lightbulb from Philips produces as much light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb. A Time Magazine "invention of the year" 2009. http://bit.ly/5G6LHU

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Cheap Desalination

New desalination technique uses evaporation and concentration gradients to produce potable water at 1/4 the energy of traditional desalination. http://ow.ly/zndp

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Tax Carbon - once you figure out how

Carbon taxes would give a huge boost to clean energy and the environment. They are hard to implement, however. Economists debate best policy / Washington Post http://wapo.st/X6T5kW

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Energy

Store Wind Farm Energy Underwater

A new plan by an MIT researchers foresees storing surplus energy from floating wind farms underwater. Economist.com http://bit.ly/97TtFV

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To Combat Global Warming, Focus on Long-Term Interventions

Bill Gates makes the argument that short-term interventions (30% reduction of emissions by 2025) is possible, but not very meaningful. We need 80% reductions by 2050, which requires a completely different approach. http://bit.ly/85pVOp

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Resomation is Better than Cremation

Resomation (liquefication) uses less energy and produces less pollution. http://www.nytimes.com/projects/magazine/ideas/2009/#r

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Burn Flammable Ice

Japan demonstrates how to extract gas from offshore deposits of methane hydrate - a new energy source. Resources are thought to be twice as large as hydrocarbon deposits. http://nyti.ms/10BvkUR

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Eliminate Kerosene

$36 billion is spent annually on kerosene for lighting. Cheap, solar-powered lights are changing that. Economist http://econ.st/RuWA4M

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Burn Your Waste

Waste incinerators which generate electricity have improved to the point where they are environmentally friendly. Economist review: http://econ.st/LJOwGX

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Use Wood Batteries

Finnish researchers have proposed large-scale batteries partially made from lignin, a by product of paper production. Economist http://econ.st/KfBXIL

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Global Development

Gravity-powered LED

In a novel approach to addressing lack of reliable lights in developing countries, the GravityLight is powered for 30 minutes by a descending 22 pound weight. Popular Science Innovation 2013. http://bit.ly/1lv2XAy

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