Category: Energy

Mystery wind drought that cut US wind power in 2015 is back

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Originally Published by New Scientist – EarthThe lowest levels of wind for half a century across much of North America cut wind-powered electricity output last year — and now the wind death is back. Topic: Energy

Belo Monte dam operations delayed by Brazil court ruling on indigenous people

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Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian World’s fourth largest hydropower plant’s license was suspended weeks before testing turbines because operators failed to compensate local communities.   Topic: Energy, People

Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy Landscape

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Originally Published by Yale Environment 360Thanks to favorable geography, innovative government policies, and businesses that see the benefits of clean energy investments, California is closing in on its goal of generating a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Topic: Energy, Technology

Energiewende in the Alps: Switzerland’s transition away from nuclear

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Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth ScienceAlthough its energy supply system has served it well in the past, Switzerland is now looking to turn away from its reliance on nuclear power and seeks to compensate for the energy lost from hydropower as a result of climate change. Topic: Energy

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

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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

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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… Topic: Energy

Jet Fuel from Algae?

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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.