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Greener Energy Exploitation for the Ocean Blue

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December 3, 2012
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In the middle of the Pacific off the coast of the US state of Oregon, waves rock an elaborate yellow buoy that is actually a testing system for wave energy technology called Ocean Sentinel. It is part of the relatively new technology that aims to produce sustainable and green electricity using the endless sway of ocean waves.


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Thailand Climate Protection Through Energy Efficiency

Thailand Climate Protection Through Energy Efficiency

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 13, 2012) — Thailand needs ever more energy for its industry. It already imports up to 10 percent of its electricity. The growth of industry is bringing a sharp rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Now a German-Thai project funded by the International Climate Protection Initiative is working for a more efficient use of energy, thereby contributing to climate protection.The Thai government has a long-term goal of "Low-Carbon Industry". It is collaborating with Germany in the umbrella organization "Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises" on several pilot energy-efficiency projects in small and mid-sized companies. The Environment Ministry holds consultations regularly. The aim is to cooperate with German experts and develop an "Energy Use and Climate Protection Plan" for Thailand's economy.
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The Earth Project: Local Japanese Energy Companies Push For Greener, Cheaper Power

The Earth Project: Local Japanese Energy Companies Push For Greener, Cheaper Power

GlobalPost (Sep. 23, 2012) — Local municipalities in Japan hope competition among energy companies will provide cheaper, greener power options.
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Sumatran Orangutans' Rainforest Home Faces New Threat

Sumatran Orangutans' Rainforest Home Faces New Threat

AFP (May 5, 2013) — The last remaining Sumatran orangutans are under threat by an expected relaxation of logging laws that will open up swathes of forest for commercial exploitation.
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