Clean-Tech Industry Facing Lean Times After Solyndra

The once-booming clean-tech industry is facing hard times, in part because of cheaper natural gas, the effects of the financial crisis, China’s growing solar industry and the Solyndra bankruptcy. Reporter Juliet Eilperin, who covers the industry’s struggles in Wired‘s February issue, explains.

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 Clean Tech Industry Facing Lean Times After Solyndra

Cheap Chinese Panels Spark Solar Power Trade War

U.S.-based solar panel manufacturers say inexpensive panels from China are hurting their business and want a tariff slapped on the imports. But other parts of the industry, such as installers, say the cheaper panels are driving a solar power boom in the U.S.

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 Cheap Chinese Panels Spark Solar Power Trade War

US Military Keeps Wary Eye On Asia’s Space Race

In Asia’s Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks, Naval Postgraduate School professor James Clay Moltz discusses the potential militarization of fast-growing space programs in China, India, and Japan–and why US military officials are keeping watch.

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 US Military Keeps Wary Eye On Asias Space Race

At Climate Talks, Back-Room Deals Begin In Earnest

Negotiations began in earnest on a deal to rescue the only treaty governing greenhouse gas reductions at the U.N. climate talks in South Africa. Despite public declarations it would participate in a legally binding agreement in the future, China unequivocally told the EU it would not accept binding targets for itself.

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 At Climate Talks, Back Room Deals Begin In Earnest

Milwaukee’s ‘Misery Index’: Infant Mortality

As the city lost industrial jobs, its infant mortality rate skyrocketed. In one particular ZIP code, one baby dies for every 59 that make it. That’s a rate that’s worse than in parts of rural China.

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 Milwaukees Misery Index: Infant Mortality

Solar Sector At War Over Cheap Chinese Panels

Seven solar companies have filed a trade complaint with the federal government, accusing China of dumping artificially cheap solar panels on the US market. But solar installers welcome the low prices. Ira Flatow and guests discuss what’s best for the domestic solar industry–and US jobs–in the long run.

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 Solar Sector At War Over Cheap Chinese Panels

After Scandal, Solar Industry Looks On Bright Side

At an international solar convention, companies were optimistic about their future and new products. There are certainly causes for concern in the industry — like a looming controversy over China’s subsidization practices — but industry executives point to fast growth and new ideas in the market.

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 After Scandal, Solar Industry Looks On Bright Side

The Global Coal Trade’s Complex Calculation

Increasing U.S. coal exports to China doesn’t necessarily mean global emissions will rise. As demand abroad drives up coal prices at home, it could prompt U.S. utilities to switch to cheaper and more environmentally friendly natural gas. And that might alter the politics of climate change in the U.S., an expert says.

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The Global Coal Trade’s Complex Calculation

Increasing U.S. coal exports to China doesn’t necessarily mean global emissions will rise. As demand abroad drives up coal prices at home, it could prompt U.S. utilities to switch to cheaper and more environmentally friendly natural gas. And that might alter the politics of climate change in the U.S., an expert says.

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 The Global Coal Trades Complex Calculation

In Northwest Town, A Local Fight Against Global Coal

Plans are afoot to build new coal terminals on the West Coast to ship the lucrative commodity to China. But the mayor and activists in Bellingham, Wash., want to keep the city’s green image and move beyond its industrial past.

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 In Northwest Town, A Local Fight Against Global Coal

China Launches A Space Laboratory

China launched an experimental spacecraft from the Gobi desert this week. The unmanned Tiangong-1 (which means “Heavenly Palace-1″) is expected to orbit Earth for two years. Journalist Miles O’Brien discusses planned docking missions for the craft and China’s space program.

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 China Launches A Space Laboratory

How Community Supported Agriculture Sprouted In China

In a village near Beijing, Little Donkey Farm is trying to rebuild a tradition of organic farming in the world’s most populous country. It builds on thousands of years of Chinese history, but it’s also inspired by American experiences.

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 How Community Supported Agriculture Sprouted In China

Plagiarism Plague Hinders China’s Scientific Ambition

China is forecast to become the world’s leading innovator this year, overtaking the U.S. and Japan in number of patent filings. But scientific fraud scandals bedevil the country’s reputation as an innovator, and many say aspects of traditional Chinese culture may be partly to blame

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 Plagiarism Plague Hinders Chinas Scientific Ambition

China’s Supercomputing Goal: From ‘Zero To Hero’

Last year, China overtook the U.S. as home of the world’s fastest supercomputer. That lasted only six months, but generated intense national pride. Will the much-vaunted program able to live up to Beijing’s high expectations?

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 Chinas Supercomputing Goal: From Zero To Hero

China Aims To Renew Status As Scientific Superpower

Chinese leaders are pouring money into research and development in a bid to rejoin the ranks of the world’s top technological innovators. Beijing is also luring back Chinese scientists from overseas. But money and manpower may not be enough.

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 China Aims To Renew Status As Scientific Superpower