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August 11, 2011 | 10:32 am

Stanford Students Unveil New Solar-Powered Car

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Call it the ultimate in clean cars. But with a cost of roughly $500,000, this one might be reserved for only the die-hardiest of die-hards. Weighing in at just 375 pounds, the Xenith looks a lot like a little spaceship.  It’s so aerodynamic, its inventors say, this latest creation of the Stanford Solar Car Project claims […]

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Morning Splash: Possible BART Protest; 2 Men Charged in iPhone Case; East Bay Foreclosures Down; Safeway and Signature Gatherers at War

August 11, 2011 | 8:06 am

Morning Splash: Possible BART Protest; 2 Men Charged in iPhone Case; East Bay Foreclosures Down; Safeway and Signature Gatherers at War

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Possible protest over fatal SF transit shooting (Sacramento Bee) Bay Area Rapid Transit officials are warning riders about a second protest condemning a man’s fatal shooting by transit officers. BART is alerting passengers on its Web site that protesters may disrupt service as early as Thursday in response to the shooting death of Charles Hill […]

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NASA and Google Team Up for Zero-Emissions Flight Contest

August 3, 2011 | 10:30 am

NASA and Google Team Up for Zero-Emissions Flight Contest

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Google’s made all kinds of headlines with its investments in clean energy recently: $280 million for a California residential solar company, $55 million for a wind project in Kern County, more than $10 million for geothermal R&D projects, and $168 million for a massive solar farm in the California desert, just to name a few. […]

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July 29, 2011 | 3:57 pm

Jerry Brown Praises Tougher National Fuel Standards of 55 MPG by 2016

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Fifteen years from now, the average car in the United States must travel on nearly 55 miles to the gallon, according to the new fuel-efficiency standards proposed Friday by the Obama Administration. That’s a sharp increase from the current standards, which require that vehicles average 34.5 miles per gallon by 2016. California officials, environmental groups, […]

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San Francisco Tops List of Climate-Friendly Cities

June 13, 2011 | 12:43 pm

San Francisco Tops List of Climate-Friendly Cities

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Canadian firm ranks three California cities among the US top ten The new ranking places San Francisco at number one because of its “political leadership and commitment” in the fight against climate change, according to the study’s author, Boyd Cohen of CO2 Impact, a Vancouver-based carbon offsets company. The city also has a “proactive” university […]

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Report: Bay Area’s Biggest Climate Change Risks

May 5, 2011 | 3:26 pm

Report: Bay Area’s Biggest Climate Change Risks

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Even if the world stopped emitting all greenhouse gases today, scientists say, the climate would continue to change, perhaps for centuries, before it stabilized. Since a zero-emissions world is unlikely, to say the least, and considering that global carbon emissions are continuing to rise, finding ways to adapt to what many see as inevitable is […]

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Climate Change: Alarming New Study; Report on Effects in Bay Area

May 4, 2011 | 2:49 pm

Climate Change: Alarming New Study; Report on Effects in Bay Area

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Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, Tim Flannery, stopped by KQED this morning for an appearance on Forum, the station’s live call-in program. He spoke about the status of international climate agreements and expressed hope for the process, not something I came across very often as a reporter at the UN climate talks in Cancun last December. […]

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