Category: Energy

Keep it in the Ground divestment campaign attracts 200,000 supporters

Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianGlobal movement picks up pace as more institutions divest, helping Guardian’s drive to push Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust away from fossil fuels The Guardian’s Keep it in the Ground campaign, which is calling on the world’s two largest health charities to move their investments out of fossil fuel […]

Shell oil driling in Arctic set to get US government permission

Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianControversial decision expected from US interior secretary likely to spark protests from campaigners against Anglo-Dutch exploration in seas off Alaska Continue reading…

Jet Fuel from Algae?

Originally Published by Oceanus MagazineWe believe we have found a recipe that could open a new door to producing jet fuel from ocean algae. We are not claiming some Rumplestiltskinesque hay-into-gold finding—but rather a first step worth exploring. We took a closer look at a certain type of algae, which contain a class of fascinating […]

UK to pioneer lagoon power plants

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment Plans to generate electricity from the world’s first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

Lester Brown: ‘Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger’

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian Over his 50-year career, Lester Brown has become known for his accurate global environmental predictions. As he enters retirement, he warns the world may face the worst hunger crisis of our lifetimes Continue reading…

Mining threatens to eat up northern Europes last wilderness

Originally Published by The Guardian – Vast network of rivers, lakes and mountains in Finland, Sweden and Norway at risk from being exploited for rare earth and other minerals.

A New Frontier for Fracking: Drilling Near the Arctic Circle

Originally Published by Yale 360 – Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region’s rich shale oil deposits. But many indigenous people and conservationists have serious concerns about the impact of fracking in more fragile northern environments.

Nuclear reactors in northern England to be shut down due to faults

Originally Published by The Guardian – Four nuclear reactors at two large power plants in the north of England are to be shut down temporarily, after inspectors discovered a fault with a boiler unit.

One-third of German Power Came from Renewables in First Half of 2014

Originally Published by Yale Environment – Thanks to abundant sunshine and wind, renewable energy generated 31 percent of Germany’s electricity in the first six months of this year, according to a new report. The report, released by the Fraunhofer Insititute, said that 27 percent of the country’s electricity production came from wind and solar, and four percent from hydropower. Solar power generation grew by 28 percent in the first half of 2014 compared to the first six months of 2013, and wind power grew by 19 percent over the same period. On a couple of particularly windy and sunny days in May and June, renewable energy accounted for 50 to 75 percent of Germany’s electricity production, the report said. The Fraunhofer Institute said that as Germany continues to phase out its nuclear power plants, it remains reliant on highly polluting “brown coal” to produce electricity. A substantial portion of German coal-generated electricity is being exported, the report said.

Vermont Law School: The Ethical Dimensions of Energy Policy

The human use of energy has profound moral and ethical implications, raising issues that can only be answered by considering notions of justice. Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson blogs about these crucial issues while on a fellowship at the Vermont Law School.