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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 [...]

LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize: ‘Greatest Benefit to Humankind’

by John Johnston October 8, 2014
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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 [...]

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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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World Renewable Energy Capacity Grew at Fastest Rate Ever in 2013

by John Johnston September 1, 2014
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The respected International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that world renewable energy capacity grew at the fastest ever annual rate in 2013, The Guardian has reported. Moreover, renewable energy now accounts for 22% of the world’s electricity generation, and that figure is expected to climb to 26% by 2020. The new analysis by the IEA [...]

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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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A Solar Power Material You Can See Through, For Placing Over Windows

by John Johnston August 25, 2014
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Scientists at Michigan State University have invented a new kind of solar concentrator. The material is transparent, so when positioned over a window, you can see through it. Apart from windows, this type of power-generating material could be placed over mobile device screens, or indeed over any other flat, transparent surface. To be sure, this [...]

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10 Reasons To Be Hopeful About Overcoming Climate Change

by John Johnston July 30, 2014
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From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful

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EU Introduces Energy Savings Goal of 30% by 2030

by John Johnston July 28, 2014
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The European Union has introduced an energy savings goal of 30% by 2030. This new goal is 5% above the current energy efficiency target of 25% for the same period. The EU also says that its current goal of 20% by 2020 can be reached if all member nations implement the agreed-to climate change mitigation [...]

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Beef Production Has 10 Times Environmental Impact Of Other Meat

by John Johnston July 21, 2014
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As if we needed yet another reason to eat less beef, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has found that out of the 5 main sources of animal protein in the United States (beef, pork, poultry, eggs, dairy), beef production has by far the largest environmental impact. The study [...]

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World Now Generates 22% Of Electricity From Renewables, And Rising

by John Johnston July 14, 2014
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An estimated 22.1% of the world’s electricity was generated from renewable sources in 2013, according to a renewables global status report from the Renewable Energy Policy Network, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The overall figure is expected to increase in coming years, as investment in renewable energy increases worldwide, and costs decrease in key [...]

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