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A Fleet of Data in U.S. Vehicles

By: Melissa C. Lott and Ian Kalin, Presidential Innovation Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy In the early 1970s, auto manufacturers faced the challenge of how to ensure compliance with new U.S...

December 5, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

Video: 1.5 Minute Climate Talk Crash Course

The Doha Climate Talks are now in session. It's the first time the negotiations are being held in the oil-productive Middle East. Yes, the meeting's trying to be more enviro-savvy with it's "paper-smart," initiative by limiting the usually endless stacks of printed documents...

November 27, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Inspiration on World Toilet Day

Yep. You heard me: Nov. 19 is World Toilet Day. Brought to you by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and the World Toilet Toilet Organization (and supported by Domestos, a Unilever cleaning brand), the day reminds those of us with nice warm bathrooms and healthy sanitation that it ain't that way for all of us.Like, say, the 2.5 billion people who lack a clean toilet...

November 19, 2012 — Scott Huler

U.S. Poised For Energy Self-Sufficiency

Before the close of the decade, the United States could become the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), increasing domestic production combined with domestic energy efficiency could leave the country “all but [energy] self-sufficient.” The U.S...

November 13, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

Reality Laughs Again at North Carolina

It’s not just Nate Silver.Certainly Silver’s election math beat-down is the most noteworthy example of science delivering a dope slap to superstition, to “gut feeling,” to magical thinking: "Come on, you knuckleheads."But reality is striking back everywhere – in some places with a kind of fierce appropriateness that borders on comedy, or tragedy, or both...

November 9, 2012 — Scott Huler

The Energy Opportunity in Wasted Heat

For every one unit of energy that is converted into electricity in power plants today, two units of energy are thrown away. This wasted energy is primarily in the form of heat – or thermal energy - and, there is technology available today that can turn this waste into a usable energy stream.Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is a technology that combines power generation and usable heat capture equipment to increase the overall efficiency of the power plant...

November 8, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

Video: What does NYC's carbon footprint "look" like?

New York City is well on its way to meeting a citywide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2017. This goal was adopted in 2007 as a part of PlaNYC 2030 to "build a greener, greater New York" and has catalyzed new parkland, housing improvement, and public transportation projects throughout the city...

November 5, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

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