Clean Tech News Briefs November 4, 2011

EarthTechling looks at a lot of interesting clean tech news daily as we consider what items to have our staff write about. Here are some green tech news gems we found while researching online you might consider reading more on in today’s Clean Tech News Briefs.

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E-waste grows with demand for gadgets. While getting that new smartphone or computer might seem like fun, Ecocentric warns of the growing amounts of electronic waste in developing countries like Ghana, which poses serious environmental and health threats to residents.

The next generation of fire safety. Wisconsin firefighters are beginning to undergo the next logical step in fire safety: electric vehicle accidents. Besides the threats of fire and sharp metal, says the LaCrosse Tribune, firefighters must now consider high voltage electric currents as well.

Computing wind energy in Wyoming. Trib.com reports that a supercomputer is currently being constructed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and is destined for Cheyenne, Wyoming, where it will help determine the optimal places in the state for wind turbine installations.

Energy from the sea. Calfinder takes a look at the recent developments in tidal energy, and compares it in terms of potential, efficiency and safety to solar and wind power, and takes a look at the various ways to harness marine power, such as water turbines and barrage systems.

What’s going on with solar? Though 89% of US residents from all political backgrounds are in favor of developing solar energy in the country, and support federal incentives to boost these developments. However, says CleanTechnica, Congress doesn’t seem to be getting the memo, and looks into some of the reasons why this clean energy source may be being stifled despite public support.

Solar light illuminates while weighing almost nothing. Ideal for both camping trips and emergencies, the LuminAID is a solar-powered light that consists of an LED inside an inflatable bag, which has a solar cell on the outside. Treehugger has the details on this nifty, lightweight, and foldable light.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.