Living

Solar panel installation

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 [...]

Electric Car Sales Are Growing At Over 100% Every Year

by John Johnston April 10, 2014
Thumbnail image for Electric Car Sales Are Growing At Over 100% Every Year

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 [...]

Read the full post →

US Navy Plans To Beam Solar Power From Space To Earth

by John Johnston April 6, 2014
Thumbnail image for US Navy Plans To Beam Solar Power From Space To Earth

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 [...]

Read the full post →

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

by John Johnston April 2, 2014
Thumbnail image for World Will Have To Eat Less Meat And Dairy To Fight Climate Change: Study

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 [...]

Read the full post →

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

by John Johnston March 20, 2014
Thumbnail image for Solar Will Turn Into The ‘Incumbent’ Electricity Source In Australia

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 [...]

Read the full post →

SolarCity Partners With Best Buy To Offer Affordable Solar Leases

by John Johnston March 13, 2014
Thumbnail image for SolarCity Partners With Best Buy To Offer Affordable Solar Leases

Solar installer and leasing company SolarCity has partnered with large electronics retailer Best Buy to offer residential solar systems through 60 stores in Arizona, California, Hawaii, New York, and Oregon. Representatives from SolarCity will give interested customers a quick estimate of costs and potential savings involved in a 20 year solar lease. There are no [...]

Read the full post →

10.7 Billion Rides Taken On Public Transport In US In 2013, The Most In 57 Years

by John Johnston March 11, 2014
Thumbnail image for 10.7 Billion Rides Taken On Public Transport In US In 2013, The Most In 57 Years

Last year in the United States 10.7 billion rides on public transport were taken. That’s the highest number in a single year since 1956, according to the American Public Transportation Association. It seems that people are using cars less than they used to. In fact, public transport ridership is up 37.2% since 1995, ahead of [...]

Read the full post →

100% Renewables Viable And Affordable For US, Finds Stanford Research

by John Johnston March 9, 2014
Thumbnail image for 100% Renewables Viable And Affordable For US, Finds Stanford Research

Contrary to the claims of many naysayers, a Stanford University research team led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson has developed a thorough plan for the development of 100% renewable electricity in every state in the US, using currently available technology. The research concluded that powering the United States with 100% renewable energy by 2050 is [...]

Read the full post →

Int. Energy Agency Concludes Ramping Up Renewables Won’t Be Expensive

by John Johnston February 27, 2014
Thumbnail image for Int. Energy Agency Concludes Ramping Up Renewables Won’t Be Expensive

The often conservative International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded that integrating large percentages of renewable energy, especially wind and solar, can be achieved by any country at a small increase in overall electricity system costs, compared to present fossil-fuel led electricity generation, RenewEconomy has reported. Futhermore, in its calculations the IEA used current costs of [...]

Read the full post →

Kellogg’s To Buy Only Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil

by John Johnston February 19, 2014
Thumbnail image for Kellogg’s To Buy Only Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil

Company forces suppliers to protect forests and peatlands, and respect community rights

Read the full post →