New research shows CFLs and LED light bulbs have higher toxicity and resource depletion than incandescent bulbs

CFL-bulb-143x300Both compact fluorescents and LED lightbulbs qualify as hazardous waste under California and EPA protocols.

New research from scientists in California and South Korea, published in Environmental Science and Technology, shows that while compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and LEDs have better energy efficiency than incandescent bulbs, they compare unfavorably when you look at their potential toxicity (at the end-of-life phase) and resource depletion.

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Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy Awards 2014: It’s Your Turn!

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A new edition of the most prestigious award competitions in sustainable energy at the EU level is now open. The 2014 Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy awards will once again highlight public and private initiatives that are actively contributing to the EU’s 2020 energy and climate objectives. Are you keen to present your efforts and achievements in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy or clean transport? Do you think your project and organisation deserves recognition and increased visibility for its commitment and accomplishments in building a more sustainable Europe? Then we invite you to take part. It’s your turn!

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Nice: Google makes its 15th clean power investment . . .15th!!

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Google has now made over a dozen commitments to back wind and solar farms. On Tuesday Google announced its 15th investment in clean power, with a plan to put $75 million into a wind farm in North Texas, just outside of the city of Amarillo, near the border with New Mexico.

The wind farm, called the Panhandle 2, is 182 MW — or enough wind capacity to power 56,000 U.S. homes — and is being developed by the Pattern Energy Group. It’s supposed to be up and running by the end of the year.

The deal is Google’s second investment in a wind farm in Texas. The first was a 240 MW project also just outside of Amarillo called Happy Hereford, which will be live in late 2014.

Wind power is one of the only forms of clean power that is competitive with natural gas and coal when built…

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