John Johnston

Alberta's tar sands

The United States Senate has this week voted on and rejected a bill to approve the development of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, that would deliver tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the US Gulf Coast. Unlike many of the Senate decisions in recent years, going into it the final result was not [...]

US and China Agree to Historic Emissions Cuts

by John Johnston November 12, 2014
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The United States and China, the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, have announced an historic new deal to each cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Leaders President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping together announced the new agreement. The deal is the result of many months of low key discussions between the two [...]

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India Targets $100 Billion Investment in Renewables

by John Johnston November 10, 2014
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The new Indian government is proposing a $100 billion investment in the domestic renewable energy sector. It’s well known that the Indian electricity sector is in need of some serious development, and the government is looking to focus on renewable energy. India’s minister for coal, power, and renewable energy has announced that the government has [...]

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Germany Looks to Cutting Coal-Fired Power Generation

by John Johnston November 6, 2014
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Very recently, the European Union agreed to require all member nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Now, Germany’s conservative government, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has issued an important discussion paper proposing to implement strict controls on coal-fired electricity generation, and to redesign the heavily industrialzed nation’s energy system around renewable energy, Renew [...]

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New IPCC Report Issues Starkest Climate Change Warning Yet

by John Johnston November 3, 2014
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In its starkest warning yet, a comprehensive new synthesis report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week has concluded that climate change will inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts,” unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut sharply and rapidly. The new climate change report is actually a synthesis of 3 large working group reports released [...]

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Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

by John Johnston October 29, 2014
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By now, many of us have seen the news that apparently sitting is the new smoking, so quite a few people and workplaces are turning to standing desks to help alleviate an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. However, good standing desks can get expensive, especially if you don’t want to stand ALL the time (which may not be [...]

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EU Agrees to Cut Emissions 40% by 2030, and Increase Renewables

by John Johnston October 27, 2014
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In a landmark deal, the European Union has agreed to require all 28 member nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The EU also agreed that renewable energy market share and energy efficiency improvements will both increase to 27%. However, the renewable energy target is binding, but the energy efficiency [...]

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US Wind Industry Booming in 2014, Installed More Than 2013 in 9 Mths

by John Johnston October 23, 2014
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The wind industry in the United States is booming in 2014; it installed more in the first 9 months than it did during the whole of 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The AWEA expects that 2014 will also finish strongly for the wind industry, and 2015 will be even more positive, [...]

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US Can Almost Quadruple its Renewable Energy During Next 15 Years

by John Johnston October 21, 2014
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The United States can almost quadruple its renewable energy during the next 15 years, to reach 23% by 2030, a Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study has found. In contrast, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed that the United Sates sets a goal of just 12% renewable energy by 2030. Further, the USC [...]

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3D Printed House Technology Wins ‘Create the Future Design Contest’

by John Johnston October 15, 2014
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New 3D printing technology for building construction, by Contour Crafting, has won the Create the Future Design Contest. The contest was launched over a decade ago by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs, to encourage and honor innovation from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs. The new large-scale 3D printing technology, or “robotic building construction”, is able to print whole [...]

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