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California Senate Votes to Ban Styrofoam Containers

The California state legislature has voted to cialis super active canada ban polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam) take out containers.  Restaurants and mexico pharmacy cialis other vendors will no longer be able to package food or drink in the brand name cialis material starting January 1, 2014.

Polystyrene can take thousands of years to biodegrade in landfills and, in California, it constantly makes its way into storm drains that empty into the ocean and is the second most common type of beach litter.  Basically, it's become an environmental scourge and California is hoping to do away with it.

Fifty jurisdictions in the state have already passed local bans and it's likely that a full house vote in August will make the ban statewide.  With plenty of alternatives available, including compostable containers, businesses should have no problem complying.

via L.A. Times


Clean Technology Investments Up 28% in 2010

Beyond mass-market, all-electric cars finally hitting the roads and new innovations cropping up everyday, the clean technology sector also had a great year from a financial perspective.

Investment in clean technology ventures was up by 28 percent in 2010, hitting $7.8 billion, a nice jump over the $6.1 billon invested in 2009 and putting 2010 in second place behind 2008 ($8.8 billion).  Last year was also a record-setting year in number of investments, with 715 deals being made.

The top sector for investment was solar energy, which claimed 24 percent of the total amount, while energy efficiency was the sector with the highest number of deals.  North America accounted for most of the investments, capturing 68 percent of the total, and seeing a 45 percent increase over 2009 ($5.28 billion compared to $3.65 billion in 2009).

The single largest deal was the $350 million scored by Better Place in a round that included HSBC, Morgan Stanley and other heavy hitters.

Cleantech IPOs also did well last year, with 93 companies raising $16.3 billion.  China won the IPO race though by accounting for 68 percent of the IPOs completed and 61 percent of the money.

via Cleantech Group


Stop Winter Idling! You Don't Need It


Sure, it's winter, and it's cold outside. If you have to drive somewhere and cheap viagra on internet your car has been sitting outside, your car is cialis pill going to be cold. But idling your car to warm it up isn't doing that much.

Driving the car heats the engine more quickly than simple idling, and will get the system heated up more quickly. Even in very cold weather, only a few seconds of enter site viagra soft tablets idling is needed to get the car ready to drive. Running the engine to drive the prescription for cialis online car will warm up the heater faster, as well as getting you to your destination more quickly so that the engine has to run for a shorter length of time.

Idling also burns fuel less efficiently than when the engine is under load. Letting the engine idle to warm it up means that in addition to generic viagra wholesale fast delivery the carbon dioxide being emitted from the tailpipe, there will be more incompletely burned compounds going into the air. Engine idling puts more volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, benzene and other pollutants into the atmosphere. And, in winter conditions, emissions from idling vehicles are more than double the normal level immediately after a cold start.

As the CarTalk guys say, "The fact is, cars these days don't need to be warmed up. Except in below-zero conditions, you can just start the engine and drive off."

Yet another hat tip to John Beeson!


Massachusetts Sets Emissions Goal of 25% Below 1990 Levels by 2020

The secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Ian Bowles, has announced that the state will take on the goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2020.  The plan, called the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan, goes on to target an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

The state has outlined how it will achieve the reductions by setting emissions goals in four different areas:  buildings (9.8 percent reduction), electricity supply (7.7 percent reduction), transportation (7.6 percent reduction) and non-energy emissions (2 percent reduction).

Many state programs are already in place that will start making improvements in those areas, like an energy rating system for buildings and investments for retrofits, clean energy standards for utility companies requiring them to favor renewable energy, fuel efficiency standards and incentives for hybrid and electric cars, and in the non-energy area, programs for combating things like leaking refrigerants.

via Treehugger



New Mexico Regulators Approve Emissions Cap

New Mexico's Environment Improvement Board voted in favor of a petition from an environmental group to cap greenhouse gas emissions.  The new regulation would require large polluters like coal-fired power plants and we recommend indian cialis refineries to reduce emissions by 3 percent per year from 2010 levels.

The plan, developed by the group New Energy Economy, applies to click now ordering levitra electricity generators and other facilities in the state that emit at least 25,000 metric tons of buy daily cialis CO2 per year and will go into effect in 2013.  It took two years of negotiations and faced lots of opposition from industry groups before finally getting approved.

The plan does allow for offsets and banking of emissions credits, as well as an "off ramp" provision if businesses can prove that the rules would be detrimental to their viability.

The state also recently approved a cap-and-trade program for the same set of polluters.

via Huffington Post

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