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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 [...]

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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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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