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Insurers Offer Hundreds Of New Products In Response To Climate Change

insurer_response_climate_change.jpgOver 400 new insurance initiatives, including ‘green’ building credits, drought-protection in developing countries and incentives for investing in renewable energy and carbon emissions trading, are being offered to tackle climate change and rising weather-related losses in the U.S. and globally…

Tesco Using Barges To Cut Emissions

p>ship_canal.jpgTesco is transporting freight by canal in an effort to reduce emissions, The Guardian Unlimited reports.

Until two years ago, Tesco’s wine from Australia, California, Chile and Argentina used to arrive at ports in southern England in bottles. Then the company switched to bulk tanks, with the wine transported…

BT Plans Wind Farms That Could Generate 250MW Of Electricity

bt_wind_turbine.jpgBT to plans to develop wind farms aimed at generating up to 25 percent of its existing UK electricity requirements by 2016. The plan represents the UK’s biggest corporate wind power project outside of the energy sector.

The project, costing up to £250m, will bring together third party funding and renewable energy partners to safeguard future supplies for BT as part of…

How Efficient Is Your Escalator?

escalator.jpgAirports are looking for ways to make escalators more energy efficient. Power Efficiency Corporation, which focuses on efficiency technologies for electric motors, recently received initial purchase orders for installations on escalators at two of the nation’s top 25 airports by passenger traffic.

The Company…

GM Market Tests Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

fuel_cell_electric_vehicle.jpgGM has launched Project Driveway, the first large-scale consumer market test of fuel cell electric vehicles anywhere, Green Car Congress reports. GM will deploy more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicles among selected customers in suburban Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C.

A variety…

Retailers, Fashion Designers Deal With Climate Change

liz_claiborne.jpgAmerican retailers, including Liz Claiborne Inc, Target and Kohl’s are turning to climatologists for advice about global warming and what clothes to sell when, the Daily Mail reports. And British and European fashion bosses are likely to follow.

The impact on the industry, which currently revolves around a major seasonal change twice a year, could…

Office Depot Launches Nationwide, In-Store Tech Recycling Program

office_depot_tech_recycling.jpgOffice Depot has launched a new “Tech Recycling Service” available at all of its 1,100-plus retail store locations in North America. The program, which was piloted in 2006 in approximately 100 stores in the U.S., has resulted in the recycling of more than 108,000 pounds of technology.

In order to recycle products, customers must buy a Tech Recycling Box at an Office Depot store. (Boxes…

Solar Panels Find Sunny Spot Over Parking Lots

envision_solar_grove.jpgSolar panels have found a promising new place in the sun on canopies above parking lots that surround commercial and industrial buildings, Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, writes in a San Francisco Chronicle Open Forum piece.

To increase the use of solar on parking garages, cities can incorporate solar panels into the parking requirements…

Cheaper Methane Loses Out To Prettier Wind And Solar

methane_production.jpgThe Tennessee Valley Authority says it could generate more alternative energy for less cost, if only the public wasn’t so enamored with wind and solar power, The Tennessean reports.

Methane gas is half as expensive as wind power and a tenth the cost of solar power, according to TVA figures.

But it lacks appeal…