Daily Green Wrap-up 14.September, 2012

Ketchup is the mother of all condiments. It’s sweet and salty and pairs with just about anything, even when the combo seems intuitively odd. I, for instance, have long praised the healing powers of ketchup and white rice, and a friend of mine can’t bear to eat scrambled eggs without it. Ketchup has carved an indelible spot in our food psyches – it’s a classic that some estimates claim can be found in 97% of U.S. households.
This morning marked the start of the 2012 European Solar Decathlon in Madrid, Spain – and Inhabitat is on the scene to bring you this year’s crop of stunning solar-powered homes! Nineteen collegiate teams from around the world descended upon Madrid’s Villa Solar just weeks ago, and they have been battling it out to build the best, the baddest, and the most breath-taking solar-powered house around.
A study released on Wednesday by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) finds that 37 percent of the world’s largest companies now see extreme weather due to climate change as a physical risk to the continuity of their businesses. CDP received survey responses from 81 percent, or 405, of the Global 500 companies.
Now it’s going to get fun. Reports are out that the U.S. Department of Defense will buy as many as 1,500 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids from General Motors, and some folks are already in a tizzy about it.
Japan may have restarted a bit of its nuclear power (to much public protest), after a promised full shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, but that apparently hasn’t deterred the government from moving forward into a no-nuclear future.
Where do Barack Obama and Mitt Romney differ on energy issues including climate change, coal, domestic drilling and renewable energy technologies?
The candidates’ positions on climate change have everything to do with the way they see energy policy, and how the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment will shape the solutions they support.

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