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A start-up aims at power conversion to save electricity

Transphorm, a California start-up, has developed a power conversion device based on gallium nitride that it says can cut energy waste by 90%. Now, 10% of the electricity generated is lost converting it from AC to direct current and back. If the device works, 300 coal plants could go off grid. GR

 
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Fears of wheat crisis in China recede as drought eases

One crisis averted. A month ago northern China’s wheat crop faced a serious drought, causing FAO to issue a special alert, and much alarm that Chinese imports would raise already high wheat prices. Now most of the crop seems to have been saved by rain, snow, and a massive irrigation effort. GR

 
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On climate, who needs the facts?

If House Republicans have their way, we can say RIP to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC provides balanced information to the policy makers who seek to prevent and mitigate global warming. President Obama’s budget request for the IPCC is $2.3 million; the House voted $0. GR

 
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WeatherBil​l raises $42 million

A start-up named Weather Bill insures farmers against extreme weather. Founded by ex-Google employees, the company runs computer simulations to predict the chances of extreme weather anywhere, any time, then charges farmers accordingly. It’s part of a new sustainable agiculture called Ag 2.0. GR

 
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Climate change an issue in Canada:Poll

Published on March 1, 2011 by in Policy, Science

In a recent report concerning current Canadian and American views on climate change more Americans remain skeptical that climate change is real.  Reported beliefs about the validity of climate change science and the responsibility of their national governments both demonstrated a deficit in current American views.  Glance at this to view the trends of American

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