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The 2014 Noble Prize in Physics has been won by the three scientists responsible for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, commonly known as LEDs. The Nobel Prize statement emphasised that the invention has enabled bright, energy-saving, environmentally friendly white light sources. It also noted that this particular award is in the spirit of the prize because it [...]

Munich Aiming for 100% Renewable Electricity by 2025

by John Johnston October 1, 2014
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The third largest city in Germany, Munich, has become a world leader in sustainability. Munich is aiming for 100% renewable electricity by 2025 – just 11 years away now. If Munich achieves its goal, it could become the first city with a population of over a million to do so. Overall, Europe has a target [...]

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DiCaprio to UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can Make History, or Be Vilified By It’

by John Johnston September 24, 2014
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Why is it that celebrities are often the ones to represent “concerned citizens” in front of the United Nations? No doubt because it does tend to bring a lot of attention to the important and pressing issues represented, such as climate change and gender equality – to name just two very recent examples. In any case, famous [...]

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Heirs of Rockefeller Oil Fortune to Ditch Fossil Fuel Investments

by John Johnston September 22, 2014
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In a momentous and hugely symbolic move, the heirs of John D Rockefeller’s oil fortune, built form Standard Oil, have announced that they are divesting their funds from fossil fuel interests. The family will add the weight of its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, to the growing fossil fuel divestment movement that [...]

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World Greenhouse Gas Levels Increase at Fastest Rate in 30 Years

by John Johnston September 10, 2014
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Between 2012 and 2013, carbon dioxide emissions were higher than in any other year since 1984, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said in its latest report (pdf) this week. The WMO’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows there has been an atmospheric CO2 increase of 2.9 parts per million during that period, which is the biggest [...]

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Hillary Clinton Wants US to Become a Clean Energy Superpower

by John Johnston September 8, 2014
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Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the leading Democratic candidate for the 2016 US presidency, has asserted that the United States could become “the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Clinton, speaking at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, also emphasized that clean energy development will have a positive effect on [...]

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Australia Cancels Plan to Dump Sludge Near Great Barrier Reef

by John Johnston September 3, 2014
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Australia has cancelled a plan to dump as much as 5 million tonnes of sludge in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, New Scientist has reported. The sludge that was to be dumped is due to be dredged from the expansion of a seaport at Abbot Point in Queensland. The port is being expanded to cater [...]

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China Proposes ‘Global Energy Internet’ for Sharing Renewable Energy

by John Johnston August 27, 2014
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The Chairman of the government-owned State Grid Corporation of China, Zhenya Liu, has proposed the development of a worldwide, high voltage energy transmission network, RenewEconomy has reported. This new “Global Energy Internet” would be capable of sharing renewable energy around the world. The bold proposal was made at one of the largest electrical engineering conferences in [...]

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World’s First Large-Scale Tidal Power Generator Unveiled

by John Johnston August 18, 2014
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Generating sustainable electricity from the force of the world’s constant tidal flows has huge potential, but remains a largely untapped resource. However, the world’s first large-scale tidal power generator has just been unveiled in the UK. The new tidal power generator is set for a 12 month trial period in Ramsay Sound, Pembrokeshire in Wales. [...]

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China Added Equivalent of All of Australia’s Solar in Just 6 Months

by John Johnston August 11, 2014
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China has installed enough solar capacity in just six months to equal sunny Australia’s whole supply of solar power. China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity in the 6 months to the end of June, which was double the figure from last year, China’s National Energy Administration has revealed. China now has a total of [...]

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