January 2009 Archives

Biotechnology for Energy & Environment

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From the LC Web Site: Biotechnology — Tracer Bullet 08-9

While the term “biotechnology” covers a very broad area, this guide focuses on the most recent uses of biotechnology in its four major fields: 1. medicine (vaccine development, chemotherapy drugs, stem cell therapy, gene therapy, and pharmacogenomics); 2. agriculture (genetically modified organisms and cloning); 3. energy and environment (biofuel and waste management); and 4. the bioethical and legal implications of biotechnology.

This guide updates and replaces TB 84-7, and furnishes a review of the literature in the collections of the Library of Congress on the topic. Not intended as a comprehensive bibliography, this compilation is designed-as the name of the series implies-to put the reader “on target.”

Energy & Environment Agenda -- Obama White House

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The Whitehouse web pages have been updated. Here is the new agenda on: Energy & Environment

Green Building Impact Report

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“This Green Building Impact Report is the first-ever integrated assessment of the land, water, energy, material and indoor environmental impacts of the LEED for New Construction (LEED NC), Core & Shell (LEED CS) and Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) standards.”

Are We Killing The Planet One Google Search At A Time?

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From the Washington Post, Sunday, January 11, 2009; 11:30 AM TechCrunch.com

Jason Kincaid has written a brief description of relative carbon costs of common activities in comparison with a search using the Google search engine. It serves as a reponse to Alex Wissner Gross, in the Times of London, where he proposes that a Google search produces 7 grams of carbon, whereas Google says only .2 grams

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