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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 [...]

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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Hillary Clinton Urges ‘Mass Movement’ For Climate Change Action

by John Johnston March 23, 2014
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Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking at a (Bill) Clinton Global Initiative panel at Arizona State University, has said that she hopes there will be a mass movement that demands political action on climate change. Clinton stated that climate change is not “just some ancillary issue” and will determine the quality of life for [...]

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85 Richest People As Wealthy As Poorest Half Of World Combined: Oxfam

by John Johnston January 20, 2014
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As World Economic Forum starts in Davos, development charity claims growing inequality has been driven by ‘power grab’

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New Battery Innovation Promising For Cheap Renewable Energy Storage

by John Johnston January 12, 2014
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Harvard University researchers have invented an new kind of “flow battery” that could be used on large-scales, such as within electricity grids, to store intermittent renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar. The research describing the new “metal free organic-inorganic aqueous flow battery”, was published in the journal Nature on 9 January. To create the [...]

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How To Feed Nine Billion People, And Feed Them Well

by John Johnston January 9, 2014
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By Zareen Bharucha, University of Essex Resource-intensive agriculture, despite its productivity, nevertheless has failed to feed the world’s current population, never mind the nine billion people expected by 2050. This system that currently fails both people and planet is ripe for revision. We need to be more ambitious, to go beyond simply producing more. We [...]

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Top 13 Most Popular Posts Of 2013

by John Johnston December 30, 2013
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Well, we’re about to reach the very end of another calendar year, our third here at The9Billion, and it’s time for the customary review of the most popular posts of the year. Unsurprisingly, clean energy and clean technology news feature strongly in the list, as there continues to be a lot of new developments in [...]

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Climate Rallies Held Across Australia

by John Johnston November 17, 2013
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Labor and Greens join firefighters and activists for Climate Action Day protests against Coalition plan to repeal carbon tax

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Facebook To Run New Data Center On 100 Percent Wind Power

by John Johnston November 14, 2013
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Social Media giant Facebook has announced that it will run its new data center in Iowa on 100 percent wind power. The nearby wind farm needed to power the center will be built, owned, and run by local power utility MidAmerican Energy. Facebook chose Iowa as the location for the data center because of its [...]

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Brad Pitt’s ‘Make It Right’ Converts Abandoned School Into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

by John Johnston November 12, 2013
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Brad Pitt’s Make It Right foundation has converted an abandoned, historic school into super-green, LEED platinum, affordable housing in Kansas City. Inhabitat has reported that the organization headed by the Hollywood star partnered with BNIM Architects to realize the LEED Platinum project. The Bancroft School Apartment development is intended to contribute to urban renewal in [...]

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