Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

… fuel, feed and water, which accounts for 51 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2009 report in World Watch Institute Magazine. Plant foods, such as vegetables, rice, beans, and tofu, have a much lower environmental impact. Why not give Meatless Monday a try by replacing meat with plant proteins, such as nuts, beans and soy foods? According to the Environmental Working Group, if a family of four skips eating steak just one day a week for one year, it is similar to taking a …

Monarch Power Granted Patent for Solar Powered Turbine | 2015-06-11 | ACHRNEWS

From www.achrnews.com | June 11, 2015 The turbine uses solar energy stored in molten salt for power generation day or night SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Monarch Power announced it has been granted a U.S. patent for a new turbine that can power, heat, and cool homes and businesses using solar energy or natural gas. The Hui turbine is the invention of Monarch CEO Joseph Hui, professor emeritus at Arizona State University. Hui, aka Solar Man on social media, believes his turbine will be a “game …

AGL sells back ‘unviable’ coal seam gas licence to NSW government | The Australian

Published in The Australian by Sarah-Jane Tasker, Reporter, Sydney, March 9th 2015 AGL Energy has sold back a coal seam gas licence to the NSW government because it was not “commercially viable”. The Australian-listed company said it had taken advantage of the state government’s petroleum exploration licence (PEL) voluntarily buyback scheme, which forms part of the state’s NSW gas plan. AGL (AGL) said it had deemed that the PEL it was selling back to the government was not commercially …

Huge New Holes In Siberia Have Scientists Calling For Urgent Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters

… more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them… I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more,” Prof. Vasily Bogoyavlensky, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and gas Research Institute, told The Siberian Times. “It is important not to scare people, but to understand that it is a very serious problem and we must research this.” Researchers ventured deep inside one of the holes last November, …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

… for use across a wide range of large-scale applications. ESP 250s, for instance, are more efficient and will soon prove more cost-effective than the conventional natural-gas and coal-fired “peaker” plants used by grid operators to meet peak electricity demand. They are also much better-suited than Li-ion batteries for applications such as utility and grid operator transmission and distribution investment deferral, renewables management, microgrid implementation, emergency back-up power …

Santos LNG expansion: Independent Expert Scientific Committee report sounds warning over Queensland coal seam gas plans – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

By environment and science reporter Jake Sturmer – Updated Thu at 5:27pm Top experts are warning of significant scientific uncertainties arising from a massive coal seam gas expansion proposal in Queensland. The ABC has obtained a report from the Federal Government’s Independent Expert Scientific Committee, which flags a concerning lack of information in project documents and says more work needs to be done on Santos’s Gladstone LNG expansion proposal. The proposed expansion …

‘Cap and Trade’ Could Bring Millions for Environmental Projects – Times of San Diego

… energy-efficient housing upgrades, and new affordable housing. ‘There will likely be millions and millions of dollars made available to communities throughout San Diego,” said Alvarez. “This is all new money…without increasing taxes.” The funding comes from a process known in environmental circles as “cap and trade.” The state sets a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, then sells permits — the “trade” — that allow industries to release pollutants. Industries that find …

Film to highlight CSG dangers prior to election | Echonetdaily

A film highlighting the invasive nature of coal seam gas will screen throughout the northern rivers and other areas in the lead-up to next month’s state election. Called Frackman, the film tells the story of accidental activist Dayne Pratzky and his struggle against the expansion of international gas companies in Queensland’s Darling Downs. Dayne embarks on a journey that transforms him from conservative pig-shooter to sophisticated global activist. Producer Simon Nasht said it was vital …

Abbott’s support for Old King Coal is worse than knighting a prince – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… coal seam gas; and individuals are doing all they can to cut pollution — reducing, rethinking, reusing, recycling, and cutting their bills with renewable power. In recent years, people have really harnessed their power as consumers, but not all have yet realised how much power they have as investors. You don’t need a share portfolio. If you have a bank account, you have money being invested. If you have superannuation, you have money being invested. If you’re paying a mortgage, …

AGL’s Camden coal seam gas claims spark transparency fears

AGL told government officials in September that up to 100,000 standard cubic feet of gas were emitted over about two hours. Photo: Rob Homer The amount of coal seam gas thought to have gushed from a well near homes at Camden last year was up to 10 times more than the figure energy company AGL later made public, government documents show, prompting claims the public was kept in the dark. Documents obtained under freedom of information laws also revealed a series of safety issues and accidents …