Cosan: Brazillian Sweetheart

by Debra Fiakas CFA

The first thing we think about Brazil in the context of alternative energy is sugar cane and ethanol.

In the last growing season Brazil producer 596 million tons of sugar cane, a feat that secured Brazil’s position as the largest sugar cane grower in the world.  About 55% of the crop was used to producer ethanol and the balance ended up as sugar.  Brazil’s sugar cane industry association has predicted that despite a severe drought, the 2014-2015 growing season will be even more productive with expected sugar cane production in the range 632 million tons to 636 million tons.  About 40% of Brazil’s sugar cane is produced by a highly populated group of independent farmers.  [Read more...]


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Mary Ellen Harte: Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.




Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014

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Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen: ‘Green News Report’ – April 17, 2014

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: One year since the deadly West, TX fertilizer explosion: has anything c... [Read more...]



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New Yingli Fund Evokes Shades Of Suntech

Doug Young

I wrote earlier this week about troublesome signs for the solar panel sector’s fledgling recovery after a revenue warning from Trina (NYSE: TSL), and now we’re seeing another worrisome signal with news that Yingli (NYSE: YGE) is launching a new fund to build solar power plants. This kind of scheme looks eerily similar to one that kicked off the downfall of former industry leader Suntech (NYSE: STPFQ), though there are also a few differences. Still, Yingli’s latest move signals that the industry may not have learned its lesson from the Suntech debacle. [Read more...]


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Building-Integrated Solar Air Heating Systems Proving Popular

For some parts of the United States, such as Upper Michigan, the winter of 2013-14 was the coldest in recorded history. In Marquette, for example, the average temperature was a tundra-like 7.5 degrees. Well, what if I told you that it’s possible to cut your building’s energy use (in some cases by up to half), while protecting the environment, too?



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The 20 Best Cities For Solar Power

In a speech this week at the University of Hawaii, former Vice President Al Gore called one key factor a "game changer" in the fight against climate c...

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Robert Redford: President Obama, Put the Arctic Off-Limits to Big Oil

Four years ago this week, BP's Deepwater Horizon drill platform exploded. Eleven workers died that day. Their bodies were never found. Over the next 87 days, 210 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. It fouled fishing grounds, ravaged the coastline, and shut down tourism. The world got an ugly look at some of the terrible hidden costs of fossil fuels. Spill-related health problems plague the people and the wildlife of the Gulf to this very day. I personally hoped that we, as a nation, would quickly learn from this tragedy and move swiftly to prevent a repeat disaster in our most vulnerable coastal environments. So it boggles the mind that Shell Oil is still determined to drill in one of the most fragile and remote ecosystems on Earth: the Arctic Ocean -- the last bastion of America's polar bears, endangered bowhead whales and other rare wildlife. [Read more...]



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Personal Post-It – Behaviour Change Made Easy

If you're trying to encourage colleagues (friends or students) to provide you with feedback on a green policy or to undertake a new behaviour a simple little trick in personalising the message can have a big impact. It's as simple as personalising a Post-it. Find out more ...



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Measure the Impact of Your Phones

MobileMuster is offering a limited number of workplaces a free and interactive collection unit to help engage colleagues in recycling their old phones.



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Walmart to Cut Lighting Energy 40 Percent with New GE LED Fixtures.

With the main sales floor lighting representing approximately 90 percent of the total lighting usage in each building, this implementation will reduce energy use per store by more than 5 percent in the U.S. alone. The lights have a longer life span than traditional lighting fixtures and also offer significant savings in maintenance costs.


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