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Top 10 Twitter Tips For An Optimized Solar Power International 2014

In less than a week, the solar industry will converge on Las Vegas for three jam-packed days of sun worship. Not at the pool, but in the halls and among the exhibits at Solar Power International (SPI) 2014. Brands big and small routinely lose out on a vast array of opportunities and lucrative connections at

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Australia Unveils Big Funding Plans For Antarctica Research – International Business Times AU

Australia Unveils Big Funding Plans For Antarctica Research
International Business Times AU
The minister listed the Government's new initiatives including the plan for the acquisition of a new icebreaker and promotion of Tasmania as the international gateway to Antarctica. Tony press, former head of Australia's Antarctic Division, had

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Enhanced international cooperation needed in Antarctica, scientists say – Phys.Org


Texas A&M University

Enhanced international cooperation needed in Antarctica, scientists say
Phys.Org
Professor Chown said the paper was timely as Australia was developing its 20-year strategic plan for Antarctica. The terms of reference for the plan include strategies for enhancing globally significant science and the influence Australia has on
Historic Document Outlines Antarctic ResearchTexas A&M University
Australia risks slipping from Antarctic research leadership roleSydney Morning Herald
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BP Oil Spill: Deepwater Horizon Toxins Consumed By Ocean Bacteria – International Business Times


International Business Times

BP Oil Spill: Deepwater Horizon Toxins Consumed By Ocean Bacteria
International Business Times
EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) coastal scientist Angelina Freeman takes a sample of oil while surveying the conditions of Bartaria Bay near Venice, Louisiana June 6, 2010. Oil from BP's out-of-control Gulf of Mexico oil spill could threaten the
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Coral damage from BP oil spill is worse than we thoughtFuturity: Research News
BP Employee Emails Urge Houston, Harris County to Drop Oil Spill LawsuitInsurance Journal
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Antarctica Tourists Could Pose Threat To Fragile Ecosystem – International Business Times


International Business Times

Antarctica Tourists Could Pose Threat To Fragile Ecosystem
International Business Times
Who needs Alaska when you could just go to Antarctica? That's apparently what thousands of tourists have been thinking–wreaking havoc on a vulnerable habitat. The influx of vacationers (along with the expanding number of research facilities) could …
Antarctica under threat from human visitors, Australian environmental ABC Online
Antarctica 'vulnerable to devastation'BDlive
Tourism threat to Antarctica, warn scientistsIndependent Online
The Consumerist –NDTV
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Borrego Is Installing Solar At San Diego International Airport


Originally published on the ECOreport.

Terminal Rendering

Someone from Borrego Solar is either flying out from San Diego International Airport (SDIA) or coming through it two or three times a week. Seventy company employees will be taking off for a meeting in May. Borrego has witnessed the transformation that started in 2008 when San Diego became the first US airport to adopt a formal sustainability policy. Now they will have a part in it. Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will develop a 3.3-megawatt (MW) solar system featuring solar panel arrays on the roof of the newly expanded Terminal 2 West.

Borrego Solar will finance and build the system through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), which is expected to save the Airport Authority between $ 3 million and $ 8 million over the contract period.

“A private investor will pay for the installation and sell the energy it produces to San Diego International Airport at a competitive rate,” a spokesperson from Borrego said. “That is typically less than what they pay per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to their local utility. The SDIA pays nothing up front, they’ll see savings on their energy bill, they’re ‘greening’ their energy mix, and they’ll have insight into what the cost per kWh is over the term of the PPA. To a certain degree, that insulates them from the volatility of the energy market as the cost of electricity trends upwards.”

“PPAs sound too good to be true,” he continued, “but they are indeed a win-win for all parties involved. The system owner/investor gets a return on the investment. San Diego airport obtains solar without making the capital investment. Borrego Solar is paid to design, construct, operate and maintain the project. How is this possible? Because the initial commodity (IE: the energy) that sets this transaction in motion is available for free from the sun!”

“This solar project – the first at the airport – will be a noteworthy and visible highlight of our ongoing commitment to sustainability” said Thella F. Bowens, President and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

The airport recently went through a $ 1 billion “Green Build” terminal expansion. Ten new gates were put in to reduce congestion. A dual-level roadway, separating arrival and departure passengers, was built to reduce traffic. More security lanes were added for improved passenger flow, and the concession areas were expanded. Everything is LEED Silver certified and, through more than 1.4 million kWh recouped by energy efficient solutions, expected to cost $ 450,000 a year less to maintain than a normal building of its calibre.

SDIA also participated in the San Diego Gas & Electric’s Retrocommissioning (RCx) program to update the older terminal and central plant so they were on par with the newly constructed Green Build facilities.

Fourteen electric vehicles were purchased for travel onsite and twenty EV chargers have been installed.

In February 2012, San Diego became the first US commercial airport to install LEDs on its runways, guard lights, and airfield signs. This lowered the airport’s electricity costs by $ 27,000 per month.

That same year, it became the first US airport to publish an annual sustainability report based on Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, and in February 2014 San Diego became the first airport to sign the Climate Declaration.

The North Parking Lot

The North Parking Lot

After they decided to install solar panels, SDIA picked Borrego through a competitive bidding process.

It was a good fit. In the three decades since it was founded, Borrego has made 1,000 installations totaling more than 100 MW and become a national company with offices in San Diego, Oakland, Boston, Austin, and New York. A spokesperson from the airport said they were impressed by Borrego’s track record and the fact that they are making airport installations in Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Borrego Solar will start the project in mid-2014 and is expected to finish late this year.

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International Court of Justice is ruling on Japanese whaling in Antarctica – Sydney Morning Herald


Sydney Morning Herald

International Court of Justice is ruling on Japanese whaling in Antarctica
Sydney Morning Herald
International Court of Justice is ruling on Japanese whaling in Antarctica. Whale Watch. Date: March 31, 2014 – 8:14PM. 15 reading now; (14); Read later. Twitter · submit to reddit · Email article · Print · Reprints & permissions. whaling decision
Japan Whaling Program In Seas Near Antarctica Not For Scientific Ends, World Huffington Post
UN court bans Japanese whaling in AntarcticaRAPSI
World court orders halt to Japanese whaling in AntarcticaMetroNews Canada
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H7N9 bird flu resurges in China ahead of Lunar New Year – CNN International


CNN International

H7N9 bird flu resurges in China ahead of Lunar New Year
CNN International
Hong Kong (CNN) — When Mr He, a 39-year-old furniture factory owner came down with flu symptoms late last year, he wasn't worried. According to his family, the man, who worked in Guangdong province in southern China, had always been healthy.
China: Chicken Sales Suspended Over Concerns About Avian FluNew York Times
H7N9 bird flu virus: Hong Kong culls 20000 chickensBBC News
H7N9 Bird Flu Claims Third Victim in Hong KongTIME
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New Species Of Sea Anemone Found In Antarctica, Mysterious Edwardsiella … – International Business Times


International Business Times

New Species Of Sea Anemone Found In Antarctica, Mysterious Edwardsiella
International Business Times
Scientists exploring the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica's largest floating body of ice, stumbled on something completely unexpected. A new species of sea anemone, dubbed Edwardsiella andrillae, was found dangling in the sea water hundreds of feet below the 
Robot Discovers New Species in the Ice of AntarcticaGuardian Liberty Voice
New sea anemone species discovered in AntarcticaZee News
ANDRILL team discovers new species in AntarcticaOmaha World-Herald
Tech Times –The Weather Channel
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Chinese ship in Antarctica rescue stuck in ice – CNN International


Sydney Morning Herald

Chinese ship in Antarctica rescue stuck in ice
CNN International
(CNN) — The Chinese icebreaker that sent out a helicopter on Thursday to airlift dozens of passengers from a ship stuck in the Antarctic ice is now beset by ice and unable to move, according to Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA). The captain of
Will stranded ship affect Antarctica cruise tourism?USA TODAY
Government to foot massive Antarctica billSydney Morning Herald
'Emotional rollercoaster': Passengers from ship stuck in Antarctica head for homeNBCNews.com
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