Israel installs the largest solar field of any parliament in the world

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The geographically small Israel is making a big statement about the importance of solar energy in the sun-blessed Middle Eastern nation. On Sunday, legislators and environmentalists gathered at the Knesset, Israel’s national assembly in Jerusalem, to inaugurate the largest solar field of any parliament in the world (Germany’s Bundestag parliament building comes in second followed by Austria’s parliament). Nearly 1,500 solar panels placed on the Knesset roof and surrounding buildings will provide 10 percent of the assembly’s electricity with an installed capacity of 450 kw. Read the rest of Israel installs the largest solar field of any parliament in the world Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , Green Knesset Project , Israel , Knesset , parliament , solar , solar field

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Solar Impulse lands in China to share messages about clean energy

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Solar Impulse 2 landed in China on Tuesday, bringing a strong message about the importance of clean energy and sustainability to a country with major environmental issues . As we follow the epic round-the-globe journey of the solar-powered one-man aircraft, it becomes clear that this is not just about the feat of getting a solar-powered craft around the world, but it’s also about spreading awareness about the amazing power of clean energy sources. Landing in China completes the fifth leg of the Solar Impulse’s adventure and nabs yet another world record for the team. Arguably, this leg of the journey was the most difficult to date, as it involved navigating the sun-powered plane at high altitude over the mountainous regions of Yunnan and Sichuan and required pilot Bertrand Piccard to wear an oxygen mask, since the cabin is not pressurized like that of a commercial airplane. Solar Impulse first launched from Abu Dhabi on March 9, and the craft will make one more stop in China before heading across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. + Solar Impulse Images via Solar Impulse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andre Borschberg , around-the-world trips , bertrand piccard , flying around the world , solar impulse , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered plane , zero fuel plane , zero fuel vehicles

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One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

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In the heart of oil and republican climate-denier country , one Texas city is breaking down the stereotypes – because it plans to be completely powered by solar and wind power  by 2017. Jim Briggs, interim city manager of Georgetown, a city of about 50,000 situated just 25 miles north of Austin, says he started exploring the idea of renewable energy after discovering it was actually cheaper than non-renewable sources. Read the rest of One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , edf , georgetown , green energy , green power , renewable energy , renewable power , Solar Power , sunedison , texas

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Antarctica records what may have been its hottest day ever

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While the northeastern U.S. was deluged with snow over the past few months, much of the world was experiencing some remarkably balmy temperatures . Now, the coldest place on Earth—Antarctica—has registered what might just be the highest temperatures ever for the continent . On March 24, daytime temperatures at Antarctica’s Esperanza research station soared to 63.5°F (17.5°C), and if this temperature is confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization, it may set an alarming new record. Read the rest of Antarctica records what may have been its hottest day ever Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctica , Argentina , Climate Change , esperanza , global warming , ice sheets , marambio , sea level rise , temperature record , weather reading , world meterological organization

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