22 March 2010

Social Media slap Nestle, and other company, industry, government and technology news

Top Stories

A new world? Social media protest against Nestle may have longstanding ramifications.reliability medium.
"The online protest over Nestle's use of palm oil linked to deforestation in Indonesia continues unabated over the weekend. One only needed to check-in on the Nestle's Facebook fan page to see that anger and frustration over the company's palm oil sourcing policies, as well as its attempts to censor a Greenpeace video (and comments online), has sparked a social media protest that is noteworthy for its vehemence, its length, and its bringing to light the issue of palm oil and deforestation to a broader public." From Mongabay. See earlier article with the (somewhat disgusting) video here. [On the internet, nobody knows you're an orangutan.]

Wind Turbines Off the North Carolina Coast Could Supply State with 100% of Its Power.reliability medium.
"A new study out of the University of North Carolina (UNC) shows that North Carolina could have 100% of its power coming from off-shore wind turbines, 'without significant human or environmental impacts.'" From CleanTechnica. More about the report but no link here.

Clean Tech Sector Thriving, Survey Finds.reliability medium.
"According to a survey released Tuesday by Clean Edge, a research firm in Portland, Ore., revenue for wind power, biofuels and solar photovoltaics grew in 2009 by 11.4 percent to $139 billion around the world. Clean Edge had earlier projected that the recession would keep global revenue flat or force it to decline. 'The increase was definitely a surprise to us,' said Ron Pernick, one of the report’s authors. Installations of new wind farms attracted $63.5 billion, up from $51.4 billion in 2008. Sales of biofuels climbed 29 percent to $44.9 billion last year. The solar industry, however, saw its first drop in revenue since Clean Edge began tracking numbers 10 years ago. In 2009, the amount of money spent on solar systems plunged 20 percent to $30.7 billion as the cost of solar photovoltaics declined." See New York Times Green Inc. blog.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Mixing In Some Carbon (in Cement).reliability high.
Calera, "a Silicon Valley start-up says it has found a way to capture the carbon dioxide emissions from coal and gas power plants and lock them into cement. ... Although Calera has a pilot project up and running, it is still not clear that the process can be used on a large scale or that anyone will buy the cement it makes." Story in The New York Times.

It’s Come to This: Citizens Against Smart Meters.reliability medium.
"The backlash against the smart meters installed in Texas by utility Oncor doesn't seem to be dying down. Actually the protesters are getting more organized and turning to social media. A group called Smart UR Citizens — whose members describe themselves as 'a group of Texas citizens that are fighting the unrealistic utility charges which we believe are caused by the Smart Meter' — has a new web site, an online petition, an intro video and an online survey, and is inviting community members to submit videos and comments about their experiences." See earth2tech.

Group formed to sell consumers on smart grid.reliability high.
"A handful of companies on Tuesday will launch the Smart Grid Consumer Coalition, an effort aimed at promoting the benefits to consumers of modernizing the electricity grid. The coalition is scheduled to be launched at this week's DistribuTech utility industry conference and will include IBM, General Electric, and home energy management company Control4 among its founding members, according to an invitation sent to the media. Also set to participate is a representative from the Ohio Consumers' Counsel, a state agency which advocates on behalf of retail electricity consumers." Story at CNET News.

Government and Regulation

Pollution Wipes 9yrs Off Your Life.reliability high.
"Poor air quality in our polluted cities could be wiping nine years off some people's lives, according to MPs. Up to 50,000 people are dying early because of pollution in Britain - and the country is facing millions of pounds in fines from Europe unless we clean up our act, the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee report warns. Committee chairman Tim Yeo MP said: 'Air pollution probably causes more deaths than passive smoking, traffic accidents or obesity, yet it receives little attention from government or the media.' Story in The Mirror.

[Crossposted from HaraBara.com courtesy of HaraBara, Inc. Copyright © 2010 HaraBara, Inc.]