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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 [...]

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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Renewables Generated One-Third Of Germany’s Power In First Half Of 2014

by John Johnston July 9, 2014
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Approximately 31% of Germany’s electricity came from renewable energy during the first half of 2014, thanks to growing renewable development and good weather conditions for solar and wind power generation, according to a new report from the Fraunhofer Institute. For the first time in Germany, energy from renewable sources made up a larger portion of [...]

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The Exponential Growth Of Solar: 5 GW in 2005 To Nearly 200 GW In 2014

by John Johnston June 11, 2014
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In case you haven’t heard, there’s a quiet solar revolution going on around the world. Solar power has actually been growing exponentially for a couple of decades, but when overall numbers are low, it’s easy for most people unfamiliar with the solar industry not to notice the exponential trend. Solarbuzz has calculated that in 2005 the [...]

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Solar Power Storage Market Poised To Boom In Germany

by John Johnston June 9, 2014
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As I briefly mentioned a few days ago in a post about home solar power developments in the United States, the solar power storage market is poised to boom in Germany. There is an increasing amount of renewable energy generation in Germany, reaching a record 74% of national demand for a short time last month. Within this, [...]

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Cosmetics Brands To Remove Polluting Plastic Microbeads From Products

by John Johnston May 26, 2014
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Cosmetics companies in the UK have pledged to remove polluting plastic microbeads from products. At the same time, across the Atlantic, the California Assembly has just passed the Microplastic Nuisance Prevention Law that bans the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing the tiny plastic microbeads. As we’ve previously reported, it has been revealed [...]

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Renewable Energy Jobs Rise To Nearly 6.5 Million Worldwide

by John Johnston May 15, 2014
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The number of renewable energy jobs rose to nearly 6.5 million worldwide in 2013, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency has found. The report found that the rise was pushed by the growing solar market in China. Solar installations grew five-fold from 2011 to 2013 in China, and accounted for 1.6 million jobs. [...]

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Germany Sets New Record For Renewable Energy: 74% Of National Demand

by John Johnston May 13, 2014
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World renewable energy frontrunner Germany has set yet another new record for itself. Last Sunday, renewable energy, including wind, solar, hydro, and biomass, accounted for 74% of national demand during the middle of the day (when the sun was at its peak), Renew Economy has reported. When you consider that Germany is a heavily industrialised [...]

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White House Installs Solar Panels, Finally

by John Johnston May 11, 2014
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I’m sure many of us have heard the story of how, way back in 1979, President Jimmy Carter had a solar hot water heating system installed on the roof of the West Wing, only to have it ripped down by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Now, given the Obama Administration’s vocal and financial support of [...]

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BMW Reveals Solar-Powered Carport Concept For Electric Cars

by John Johnston May 8, 2014
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BMW is releasing its i3 electric car in the United States, and to coincide with its arrival in the US market, BMW has revealed a solar-powered carport concept to charge its electric cars with renewable energy. The solar carport includes sustainable bamboo in its construction, and the rooftop solar system includes high-grade glass solar modules. [...]

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