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Let’s face it, some places in the world are a LOT sunnier than others, so are much better for generating solar power. For instance, the United States the Pacific Northwest is not known for its constant sunshine, and in Europe the UK and Germany are considerably cloudier than Spain and Italy. However, over the past [...]

Apple Now 73% Powered By Clean Energy, 100% Of Data Centers

by John Johnston April 21, 2014
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On the eve of Earth Day 2014, Apple has uncharacteristically released a new video, ‘Better’, promoting (and it does comes across like one of its ads) the tech giant’s current sustainability efforts. Apple CEO Tim Cook narrates the new video, highlighting the company’s renewable energy, recycling, and energy efficiency initiatives. In addition, the company has issued [...]

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IPCC: World Must Urgently Transition To Clean Sources Of Energy

by John Johnston April 14, 2014
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A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says humanity will have to at least treble its output of clean energy by 2050, to have a decent chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change. Low-carbon energy sources currently account for about 30% of the world’s electricity, mostly hydroelectric and nuclear power. With the [...]

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Electric Car Sales Are Growing At Over 100% Every Year

by John Johnston April 10, 2014
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Electric car sales have now been growing at over 100% a year for at least the past 4 years. At the end of 2010, just 25,000 battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and extended-range electric vehicles had been registered globally. By the end of 2011 approximately 80,000 had been registered, and approximately 200,000 by the end of [...]

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Cheaper Solar Power Is Driving Global Renewable Energy Growth

by John Johnston April 8, 2014
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According to a report released by the UN Environment Programme and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the share of overall world electricity generated by renewable energy is rising. This is largely because solar panel systems are becoming cheaper and cheaper. Overall, solar, wind and other renewable sources of electricity, not counting hydropower, accounted for 8.5% of [...]

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US Navy Plans To Beam Solar Power From Space To Earth

by John Johnston April 6, 2014
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The United States Naval Research Laboratory is developing technology that will allow solar power to be harvested in orbit and beamed back down to Earth, Wired has reported. Both of the current prototype designs combine solar panels with electronics to convert the energy to radio waves for beaming down to Earth. The plan is to [...]

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World Will Have To Eat Less Meat And Dairy To Fight Climate Change: Study

by John Johnston April 2, 2014
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The growing world population will have to reduce its meat and dairy consumption to keep global warming from rising above the “safe” 2 degrees Celsius already agreed to by governments, a study from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden has concluded. The study has been published in the journal Climatic Change. Although emissions from burning [...]

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Elon Musk Explains Why Lithium-Ion Battery Packs Are Sustainable

by John Johnston March 30, 2014
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In this video from December 2013, which Lenz Blog unearthed from YouTube, SolarCity Chair and Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk explains why he thinks the large-scale manufacturing of lithium-ion battery packs is going to be sustainable. Lithium-ion batteries are currently used in many products, including in electric cars and for solar power storage. [...]

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Exxon Mobil To Reveal How Much Of Its Carbon Assets Could Become Worthless

by John Johnston March 25, 2014
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After sustained pressure from shareholder groups, Exxon Mobil has indicated it will reveal just how much of its oil, coal, and gas reserves could become worthless if governments around the world finally agree to restrict carbon emissions, NewScientist has reported. We’ve previously discussed the fact that the world will have to leave the majority of [...]

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Solar Will Turn Into The ‘Incumbent’ Electricity Source In Australia

by John Johnston March 20, 2014
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Australian Clean Energy Council CEO David Green has asserted that solar PV (panels) will transition from being a disruptive technology to being the “incumbent” technology in Australia, displacing coal and radically changing the way electricity is provided, RenewEconomy has reported. Green said in a presentation for the Davos Connection conference that, with the growth of [...]

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