A new report by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit land use and urban planning think tank, and Ernst & Young (an accounting and professional services firm) suggests that the U.S. is falling behind other industrialized nations in its infrastructure planning as a result of crippling federal, state and regional economic conditions – a condition exacerbated by failure at both the national and local levels to achieve a political consensus on what is actually needed.
Another week and another report on the prospects for commercial algae-based biofuels.
- Last week, research/marketing consulting firm Pike Research, based in Boulder, Colorado, predicted that 61 million gallons of algae-based biofuels per year at a market value of $1.3 billion ($21 a gallon) would be produced by 2020.
- On Tuesday, the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) in Berkeley, California, funded by BP plc (NYSE: BP), conjured a scenario in which algae-based oil could be produced at $5.71 to $7.86 per gallon.
John Brumby, Premier of Victoria, recently announced the launching of a five-year electrical vehicle (EV) trial in Australia.
Australia's smallest self-governing internal territory, the Australian Capital Territory has announced plans to enact tough energy laws on greenhouse gas emissions.
Actress Cate Blanchett is guiding the Sydney Theatre Company toward becoming the leading example of sustainability in the theater community.
As artistic directors at the Sydney Theatre Company, Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton have initiated several initiatives aimed at reducing the theatre's carbon footprint, and making the building carbon-neutral by 2011.