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Wind power grows 39% for the year

Despite the economy, wind power in the US grew 39% in 2009, thanks mostly to the stimulus. The industry added 9,900 megawatts, about equal to natural gas, bringing wind’s total to 2%, or 9.7 million homes. Wind and gas made up 80% of new capacity. But the US lags Europe, and the pace could slow.

 
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Less water vapor may slow warming trends

Carbon dioxide and methane are greenhouse gases (GHGs) that trap heat in the atmosphere, warming the climate. Water vapor is a GHG too. A new study reports that water vapor in the stratosphere has decreased in the last 10 years, slowing Earth’s warming by about 25%. Yet the Earth is still warming.

 
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The case for a climate bill

The New York TImes laid out The Case for a Climate Bill in a Jan. 24 editorial, disputing claims that health care will exhaust the Senate, and that the nation can’t afford higher energy prices. The Times’ reasons to pass a Climate Bill: urgency, the race for markets, and credibility. It urges: price carbon!

 
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Past decade warmest on record, NASA data shows

Data released by NASA shows that the decade ending in 2009 was the warmest on record, and 2009 was the second warmest year since 1880. The warmest year was 2005; others in the top ten are all since 1998. The temperature trend is up 0.36 degrees F per decade over 30 years, and 1.5 degrees

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Sites to refuel electric cars gain a big dose of funds

Where do you fill up an electric car? Today, almost nowhere. However, that could change if start-up Better Place succeeds in creating a network of “charge spots.” The company just raised $350 million in venture capital for refueling sites and R&D. It will debut in Israel and Denmark in 2011.

 
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