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News you might have missed: 12 June 2009

newspapersSkipped a few headlines over the past 24 hours? Not to worry: Greenbang’s here with your daily dose of cleantech news you might have missed:

  • A statement calling for the transformation of the G8+5 nations’ energy strategies to help reduce climate change and improve energy security has been released by the  national science academies of the G8 + 5 countries;
  • The BBC reports that the populations of reindeer and caribou around the world are in sharp decline, most likely due to climate change and industrial development;
  • The Solar Electric Industries Association has recognized SolarCity® with an inaugural Industry Innovator Award for the company’s SolarLease™ financing option, which allows homeowners to put no money down on a new solar system and save money from day one on electricity costs;
  • The element 112, discovered at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (Centre for Heavy Ion Research) in Darmstadt, has been officially recognised as a new element by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). IUPAC confirmed the recognition of element 112 in an official letter to Sigurd Hofmann, the head of the discovering team. The letter furthermore asks the discoverers to propose a name for the new element;
  • China is offering 600 million yuan in subsidies to help stimulate the use of green lighting and reduce carbon dioxide emissions;
  • The head of oil company Chevron Corp says efforts to cut US carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 are unrealistic because so much current energy infrastructure would have to be replaced;
  • The Energy Technologies Institute has issued a new request for proposals within its “Micro DE” programme. The project will focus on “Distributed Energy and Energy Services Management: Application to Existing UK Residential Buildings.”

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