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During Operation Bushfire Assist, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) MH-60R helicopters were deployed to engage in firefighting efforts during the bushfires in the South Coast region— an effort which PAC was proud to support. Based out of HMAS Albatross, the MH-60R SQN deployed its Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities to assess and map fire movements. […]

According to this AP via Yahoo News story, $1 billion ghost town is planned for a 15-square mile area in Lea County, near Hobbs, New Mexico. The goal is to provide a safe location for research projects for next-generation applications. Sam Cobb, Hobbs Mayor, said the research facility will look just like an empty city […]

A few days ago, West Virginia Public Broadcasting did a story on Marshall University research findings that diesel fuel additives can harm the liver. A U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored study conducted at Huntington, West Virginia’s university shows that the nanoparticles commonly added to diesel fuel to increase fuel efficiency can pass through the airways and […]

The phrase, “fight fire with fire,” doesn’t apply here. Neither does “fight fire with water”.  OK… how about we fight fire with energy? Good idea! Firefighting technology is advancing beyond water and even flame suppressing chemicals. In the near future, firefighters may have no need for storing large quantities of flame suppressing chemicals, or thousands of gallons of water. […]

The NY Times Green Blog reports: Almost 500 birds found dead at Laurel Mountain West Virginia wind farm. But not from what you think. Between Oct. 3 and Oct. 18, 484 bird carcasses were found from over twenty-eight species, including blackpoll warblers, thrushes, cuckoos, and one heron. The Laurel Mountain facility converts wind power between […]

This September 14, 2011 Renewable Energy World story addresses Hawaii’s initiatives to transition away from petroleum reliance to biofuels. Because of the state’s remote location and isolation, the state’s energy is nearly 90% petroleum-based. Currently, Hawaii’s electricity rates are three times the US average, and twice that of the second most costliest state. Hawaii Renewable Energy Development […]

Biomass is an energy source from organic material, such as plants, trees, or garbage. While seen by many as more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels, biomass is not always considered a true renewable energy source. According to this Renewable Energy World story, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed emissions limitations on biomass energy […]

Science Daily’s article, “Transition to Renewable Energy Stimulates the Economy, German Researchers Say,” describes findings from several studies by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, and Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Question: Is a transition to renewable energies too expensive in today’s financial climate? Answer: The transition will […]

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