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July 1, 2009
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House Passes Climate Bill
from The Wall Street Journal
Landmark legislation to curb U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions was approved by the House of Representatives, securing an initial victory for a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's agenda. The 1,200 page bill – formally known as the "American Clean Energy and Security Act" – will reach into almost every corner of the U.S. economy. By putting a price on emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, the bill would affect the way electricity is generated, how homes and offices are designed, how foreign trade is conducted and how much Americans pay to drive cars or to heat their homes. More

Jatropha Becomes Big Biofuel Buzzword
from The Associated Press via MSNBC
What some see as the biofuel of the future starts out as short, thick stems with a few leaves sticking out at sharp angles. But in just a few years, they will be tall, leafy trees with bright green spherical pods spilling their seeds all over the ground. The jatropha tree doesn't have the name recognition or lobbying clout of corn-based ethanol, but the energy industry is increasingly spending development dollars and examining it as a potentially better biofuel source: It is easier to grow than corn, untied to the food market and free from any carbon dioxide or sulfur emissions. More

Airlines Strive to Slim Down Jet Weight
from The Philadelphia Inquirer
In these tough economic times, airlines are doing everything imaginable to lighten their loads - and save on fuel. They are carrying smaller spoons, dumping magazines, axing seat-back telephones, stowing less water, using lighter catering trolleys - anything to make planes less heavy and cut costs. Some airlines, including Continental Airlines Inc., also are testing alternative biofuels to trim carbon emissions, and as a possible alternative to jet fuel. More

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Kids Fly Free on Carbon Neutral Costa Rican Airline
from Jaunted
If you thought Costa Rica was just for hippie backpackers and torturing Spiedi, you should know that tourism companies are now pushing the eco-friendly destination as a family-friendly trip. To back this up, Costa Rica's domestic carrier NatureAir is offering a sweet deal for those with little ones: free flights for children. More

Novair Conducts First-ever Trials of "Green" GPS-based Landing Approach
from Travel Daily News International
Novair, the charter airline operated by Kuoni Scandinavia, has further enhanced its eco-credentials. In mid-June the carrier became the first in Europe to conduct a "curved green approach" with an Airbus aircraft using GPS navigation technology. The new technique promises to further reduce fuel consumption and pollutant emissions and lower noise levels, too. The first curved green approach was performed at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport on 16 June 2009 by a Novair flight originating from Zakynthos in Greece. Further such GPS-based approaches should follow this summer. More

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Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Seeks Energy-saving Proposals
from Washington Business Journal
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has issued requests for expressions of interest for solar energy projects at Reagan National and Dulles International airports. Part of a commercial aviation initiative to be carbon neutral and reduce or cap greenhouse gas emissions, the request calls for developers of solar panels and plug-in vehicle charging stations. More

New Solar Airplane Unveiled in Switzerland
from CNET
After a six-year effort, the prototype of a new solar-powered aircraft was unveiled at a Swiss airfield by its future pilots and promoters Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. Dubbed the Solar Impluse HB-SIA, the airplane is designed to fly both day and night without the need for fuel and will begin test flights by year's end. More

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Incheon Airport to Have New Terminal by 2015
from The Korea Times
The government will build a new terminal at Incheon International Airport by 2015 as part of efforts to develop it into a transportation hub, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said. According to the airport expansion plan, the second terminal will be built on 350,000 square meters of land. "The new terminal will be energy efficient by using renewable energy, such as solar power, in line with the government's 'green growth' policy,'' a ministry official said. More


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