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Southern Power Acquires 103 MW Solar Facility

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Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power is now adding over 100 MW of clean electricity to its renewable energy plants in Georgia. The company has announced the acquisition of  the 103 MW Butler solar facility in Georgia from Community Energy. Located in Taylor County, Georgia, the facility is expected to enter commercial operation during the fourth quarter

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Glaciers Are Crumbling in Southern Antarctica Faster Than Previously Thought – TIME


TIME

Glaciers Are Crumbling in Southern Antarctica Faster Than Previously Thought
TIME
The rate of melting makes the region “the second most important contributor to sea level rise in Antarctica,” lead study author Bret Wouters told NBC News. Overall, 80 trillion gallons of water were added to ocean by the Southern Antarctic Peninsula
Rapid Ice Loss In Antarctica Could Affect Earth's Gravity FieldDesign & Trend
Bad News Keeps Flowing From AntarcticaClimate Central
Satellite Data Reveal an Alarming Trend in AntarcticaScience Times
Washington Post –Tech Times –U.S. News & World Report
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The southern continent hots up – The Economist

The southern continent hots up
The Economist
ANTARCTICA is 2,700km away. Yet as the brief austral summer fades, for Hobart, the capital of the Australian state of Tasmania, it is big business. The town is home to the Australian government's Antarctic Division and France's Antarctic programme. The

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Extreme weather to leave Detroit shivering, Southern California drenched – CNN


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Extreme weather to leave Detroit shivering, Southern California drenched
CNN
(CNN) — Mudslides, cold, flooding. The barrage of extreme weather feels relentless. Another arctic blast is bringing subzero temperatures to the Midwest, pushing the mercury below freezing as far south as Florida. Detroit public schools will be closed
Extreme weather to leave Detroit shivering, Southern California soakedBayoubuzz

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Fun Science Friday – BP Oil Spill Impacts Dolphins – Southern Fried Science

Fun Science Friday – BP Oil Spill Impacts Dolphins
Southern Fried Science
In the spring of 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig experienced catastrophic failure resulting in the worst oil spill in human history. The Gulf of Mexico (GoM) was the unfortunate host of this catastrophe and the GoM community is still feeling the

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Are Antarctica’s Southern Ocean Ecosystems Doomed to Death by Diplomatic … – Scientific American (blog)


Scientific American (blog)

Are Antarctica's Southern Ocean Ecosystems Doomed to Death by Diplomatic
Scientific American (blog)
Jillian Keenan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Foreign Policy, The American Prospect, Marie Claire, National Geographic News, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, and 

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IPCC: where to for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean? – The Conversation


The Guardian

IPCC: where to for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean?
The Conversation
The general thrust of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report – released on Friday – can be summarised as: “there is now more evidence that climate change is occurring". Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are significant drivers of the global climate system
Weather: Southern sea ice increases while Arctic ice diminishesIn-Forum

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Leading Edge Designs on the Grid for Southern California Schools


LEDBy Hazel A. Tamano

The smart grid technology industry, which includes energy-efficient lighting, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, hydroelectricity, marine energy, and biomass, is a $ 33 billion global revenue industry as of 2012, and it’s growing. Smart grid technologies are not only promising because of the potential they bring to the energy systems already in place, but also because they enhance a cleaner and more efficient environment at reduced costs. According to Bob Lockhart of Navigant Research, “smart grid technologies improve the reliability and efficiency of the power grid via the application of modern IT capabilities alongside, or in place of existing utility assets and networks.”

As the demand for a more energy-efficient planet becomes the norm and not a trend, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are becoming the energy-efficient light of choice. Today, Leading Edge Designs*, a direct manufacturer and distributor of LEDs, is doing just that and making its way by contributing to the smart grid in more ways than just being green. It has started the “Brighter Days Program” to assist economically distressed school districts in both the Los Angeles and San Diego metros. Due to state- and local-level budget cuts in the schools, there is resistance to smart grid technologies because funds are just not there. To help reduce the upfront costs for schools to go greener, Leading Edge Designs is setting aside 5% of every purchase made by their clients in this program to be applied to the cost of LED lights for the participating Southern California schools. Their commercial customers will also receive 5% off their orders if made by year-end.

This is a great program because it helps reduce the upfront costs for cash-strapped school districts, while achieving savings in maintenance and energy costs for years to come. Bill Motsko, CEO of Leading Edge Designs, says “this is a great program because, with corporate participation, we can reduce upfront costs, and the savings on the school’s operating budget per year will have a notable affect. This will enable school districts to refocus and redirect these dollars as needed for projects such as enhancing education programs, purchasing new equipment, helping to keep teachers employed, or helping to fund music and sport programs.” For example, LED lighting can save one school enough in energy and maintenance expenses in one year to perhaps pay a teacher’s salary.

Smart grid technological advancements (such as LEDs) are not only green, but allow us to stop wasting money powering inefficient, outdated systems. Green energy reduction (via better technology) has higher performance than green energy production by a factor of 4-5 times, meaning the cost of reducing energy consumption is more beneficial than the cost of generating new energy. Plus, energy conservation lowers the demand on an already “stressed” infrastructure.

Leading Edge Designs specializes in commercial grade new and retrofit LEDs, so their products fit the cause. Retrofit LEDs are great for schools because they can use existing fixtures and wiring so as not to add another capital expense burden to achieve benefits. School lighting projects may include theatres, administration & facilities buildings, classrooms, school stadiums, sports fields and courts, parking lots, and other indoor and outdoor lighting.

Leading Edge Designs is a San Diego Green tech company that solves clients’ lighting challenges by designing, fabricating and delivering LED lighting products that use only the latest technologies that maximize efficiency and value. They also use recycled materials and design their products so they can also be recycled after their useful life, which typically ranges from 11-22+ years. Because lighting technology has advanced, resulting in greater efficiency and longer product lifespans, buying bulbs off-the-shelf no longer provides the best value. Tailoring products to specific applications allows customers to fine tune their lighting, thus achieving better quality light where and when needed, realizing significant energy savings and lowering maintenance costs. Leading Edge Designs brings this customized approach to their clients, while remaining cost competitive and delivering the highest quality possible.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “if all U.S. businesses and institutions conducted cost-effective energy upgrades, they could reduce their average energy use by 25%. The total cost of this work would be more than $ 100 billion — which would be offset as a result of lower energy bills.” Leading Edge Designs’ lighting is a major component of creating energy-efficient buildings because, as a model green business, they are helping companies to save 50-80% or more of energy costs over traditional lighting. This is a dramatic savings for organizations with limited funding sources, and will help those businesses and agencies that install these lights for years to come.

*This article was supported by Leading Edge Designs.

References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Green Good and Services Program, www.bls.gov/ggs, July 2013
2. CleanTechnica, www.cleantechnica.com, July 2013
3. Clean Tech San Diego, www.cleantechsandiego.org, July 2013
4. Earth Easy for Sustainable Living, www.eartheasy.com, July 2013
5. LA Cleantech Cluster, www.laedc.org/cleantech, July 2013
6. Leading Edge Designs, www.led-ltd.us, July 2013
7. The Smart Grid, www.smartgrid.gov, July 2013

Image Credit: Leading Edge Designs

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Wild Weather Brings More Threats of Damage – NBC Southern California


NBC Southern California

Wild Weather Brings More Threats of Damage
NBC Southern California
Flash flood and a severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in parts of the Inland Empire on Friday as strong storm cells continued west over the region. The latest round of wild weather brought strong storms and subsequent flooding and mud flow to 

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Tawny Crazy Ants Invade Southern States

Tawny crazy ants are invading ecosystems and homes in states including Texas and Florida, wiping out other ant species and overwhelming homeowners. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to Texas A&M research scientist Robert Puckett, who says the ants are “ecological steamrollers” that reproduce so fast they are nearly impossible to get rid of.

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