The Local Germany told us that the nuclear plant shutdowns were already beginning to bite. The Munich-based Institute for Economic Research said that Germany’s slowing growth in the second quarter of this year can be attributed to turning off the nuclear power plants. Germany’s Gross Domestic Product grew by only 0.1 percent between April and June.

The New York Times reiterated that the earthquake and tsunami in Japan was leading to an increase in the use of fossil fuels in that country as it worries about electricity shortages.

From Green Futures we learned about solar powered mosques. Architects and Muslim communities are adding wind turbines and solar panels to create a new generation of eco-mosques.  Last year the Turkish village of Buyukeceli put solar panels on its mosque to supply its electricity needs.  Now in Germany an eco-architect is designing a new mosque for the northern city of Nordersted which will be powered by wind turbines.

Renewable Energy Magazine reported that global wind turbine investments are expected to double by 2025.  During this time frame worldwide installed wind capacity should rise from 188 GW to over 940 GW.  At the same time, Global Energy Watch, told us that BMW is going to use wind to power its new Leipzig factory which will begin auto production in 2013.

The Truth About Cars asked if we were ready for a hybrid camper trailer (with video.)

We found out from The Guardian that Chinese car buyers are not going green.  Despite overtaking the US as the largest car market in the world and with the state offering lots of money for green car subsidies, Chinese buyers are content with sports utility vehicles and luxury cars powered by the internal combustion engine.  In 2010, Toyoto only sold one Prius in the world’s fastest growing automotive market.  autobloggreen also covers this theme in Moving forward? China rethinking plug-in vehicle policy as does OilPrice in Electric Cars Losing Their Appeal in China.

Waste Management World revealed that the city of Akron, Ohio is going to convert recycled plastic to synthetic crude oil.  This source also mentioned that a landfill in Eastern Wisconsin is going to convert its landfill gas (methane, carbon dioxide) to electricity. The project has the capacity to generate 42,000 MWh of electricity per year, enough to power 2800 homes with 3 natural gas generators.

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