SmartReads: Week of March 30

Week of March 26, 2012

Last week we launched a new feature at SmartPower called SmartReads. We know you can’t catch every article during your busy work schedule so we’ve consolidated the week’s top articles for you in one easy list. Share your favorite energy, environmental and efficiency related articles with us on Twitter using #SmartReads.

CLEAN & RENEWABLE ENERGY

Earthzine: Becoming America’s Next Eco-StarBecoming America’s Next Eco-Star is a huge honor and one I intend to use to help turn my passion for the environment into a mainstream concern. [March 26, 2012]

The Atlantic Cities: Where the Green Jobs AreGreen jobs are often said to be a key growth area of the future. But according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, just 3.1 million people, 2.4 percent of all American workers, were employed in “green goods and services” jobs in 2010. [March 26, 2012]

MarketWatch: IKEA Powers-up Solar Energy Panels at Portland, OR Store IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in Portland, Oregon. The 62,500-square-foot PV array consists of a 497.3-kW system, built with 2,072 panels. [March 28, 2012]

Earth Techling: U.S. Solar Military Housing Project Gets New LifeThis past September the SolarStrong Project was all set to go with a $275 million U.S. government loan package for 160,000 rooftop solar installations on over 124 U.S. military bases in 33 states. [March 26, 2012]

Extreme Tech: MIT stacks solar panels like pancakes, increases their power output by up to 20x MIT has built 3D stacks of photovoltaic cells. These have the same footprint of a conventional, flat solar power setup — but as you can see in the picture above, the total surface area is much, much larger. [March 26, 2012]

AOL ENERGY: Pay As You Go Solar: A Rural Power SolutionWhile many countries are trying to wean themselves off expensive and dirty fossil fuel energy, much of the world is still waiting on any type of electricity. [March 29, 2012]

GAS PRICES

New York Times: The Real Oil Shock – Rising Gas Prices Don’t Actually Affect Americans’ BehaviorLike a lot of carless New Yorkers, I am generally confused by bursts of populist outrage over high gas prices. But I have always assumed that the anger is genuine — that hard-working Americans, who already spend a lot on gas, are thrown into turmoil when they have to spend even more. After all, 63 percent of Americans insist that these price increases have caused them some financial hardship. [March 27, 2012]

GENERAL GREEN

MSNBC: UN climate panel ties some weather extremes to global warming – Warming has led to changes in climate extremes such as heat waves, record high temperatures and, in many regions, heavy precipitation since 1950, the U.N. climate panel warned in a report Wednesday. [March 28, 2012]

Scientific American: Global Warming Close to Becoming IrreversibleThe world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday. [March 26, 2012]

 LA Times: NASCAR speeds transition to green When NASCAR raced onto the track at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, it did so accompanied by the distinct whiff of environmentalism. [March 26, 2012]

New York Times: Companies Pick Up Used Packaging, and Recycling’s Cost – Brushing your teeth with a yogurt container? Wiping your mouth with a coffee cup? You might be doing both, as a result of a new trend in recycling, courtesy of the manufacturers who make the original products. [March 23, 2012]

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