Google Buying
Solar Powered Drone Maker

It seems Google is acquiring Titan Aerospace, "Lock, stock and barrel."

The news is generating a great deal of buzz today; particularly given it was rumoured Facebook would be the company to invest in or acquire Titan Aerospace.

Both Facebook and Google have projects relating to extending Internet access to billions of people around the world without connectivity - and both involve solar power. Facebook is part of the Internet.org initiative and Google has Project Loon, which uses balloons decked out with transmission equipment and solar panels.

According to Titan Aerospace CEO Vern Raburn, the acquisition process has been very rapid.

"Google's buying Titan, lock stock and barrel. We'll have access to resources we haven't had before. We'll grow the airplane, and with Google, we're dealing with a company that understands risk, engineering, and it's consistent with things.
The Wall Street Journal reports Google says Titan will work closely with its Project Loon. MORE


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Study examines cadmium uptake in New Zealand pastures

New Zealand's pastoral landscapes are some of the loveliest in the world, but they also contain a hidden threat. Many of the country's pasture soils have become enriched in cadmium. Grasses take up this toxic heavy metal, which is then eaten by the cattle and sheep that graze them. The problem is not unique to New Zealand; cadmium-enriched soils being reported worldwide.

The concern is that if cadmium concentrations rise to unsafe levels in meat and dairy products, human health and New Zealand's agricultural economy could be jeopardized. That so far hasn't happened.

But, New Zealand...MORE


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Remembering EARTH DAY 1970

"Republicans and Democrats Working Together"

Brian Keane and Peter Arpin
 
Each year, Earth Day - April 22 - marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Here at ReNewable Now, we want to make sure we all remember this historic moment and what a difference it has made. And if you weren't aware of the many positive changes born out of Earth Day here are a few examples we would like to share:

  • The creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Passage of the Clean Air Act
  • Passage of the Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
 Those are just a few that happened in one year, 1970. Wow!  What a monumental year. We need to reflect back on that time and remember it, and those who helped to shape it, and move it forward. Hopefully it is with this example that we can all continue to be inspired and move towards a healthier and more sustainable earth for future generations. So let'ss take a look back to when it all began.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it." MORE


Fuel From the Sea Concept, NAVY uses Scale Model Proof of Concept


Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel. MORE


US Plans New $4 Billion
Renewables Support Program

The USA's Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that could make as much as USD $4 billion in loan guarantees available.
 
"Through our existing renewable energy loan guarantees, the Department's Loan Programs Office helped launch the U.S. utility-scale solar industry and other clean energy technologies that are now contributing to our clean energy portfolio," said Secretary Ernest Moniz. "We want to replicate that success by focusing on technologies that are on the edge of commercial-scale deployment today."
 
The five key technology areas of interest to the DoE are : advanced grid integration and storage; drop-in biofuels; waste-to-energy; enhancement of existing facilities and efficiency improvements. MORE


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Description: MOSAIC, Crowd funding Investment for the Green Economy



Marine and Oceanic preservation and species sustainability is near and dear to our hearts at ReNewable Now. We know that our waterways and the life in them all tie between the environment, sustainability and overall human life on the planet. One of the leading resources we have when it comes to maintaining our oceans and waters are our colleges and universities. In this edition of ReNewable Now Radio, we are learning what Texas A & M is doing when it comes to  the education of future generations on the importance of this great resource.

We spoke to Dr. Greg Stunz, who is Professor of Marine Biology and Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health Coordinator of the Marine Biology Program in the Department of Life Sciences of Texas A&M,  at the Harte research center.  Dr. Stunz explained the importance of ocean research in today's times, especially in the Gulf region, and some of the programs they are applying to their students REC 4/3/14

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