Technology

New clean energy investment 2004-2014

For the first time in three years, global clean energy investment grew in 2014, rising 16% to $310 billion globally. The total is not far shy of the record $318 billion reached in 2011. The rise in 2014 was driven largely by solar growth in the United States and China, according Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The […]

California Governor Calls for 50% Renewable Energy by 2030

by John Johnston January 7, 2015
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Governor Jerry Brown has called for substantially increasing California’s renewable energy, alternative fuels, and building efficiency goals. In his inaugural address this week, for his unprecedented fourth term in office, Brown proposed increasing the state’s renewable energy goals from one-third by 2020 to 50% by 2030. In addition to the increased renewable energy target, Brown […]

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New York State to Prohibit Fracking Over Public Health ‘Red Flags’

by John Johnston December 17, 2014
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After an exhaustive multi-year study into the public health, environmental and economic impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the state of New York has announced it will prohibit the controversial drilling process. Fracking involves the injection of high-pressure water, sand, and chemicals deep into the ground to crack shale rock in order to free and extract […]

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One in Five Australian Households Now Have Solar Installed

by John Johnston December 9, 2014
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While Australia has just been found to be the worst performing industrial country in terms of climate change in 2014, and that should in no way be downplayed, Australian supporters of renewable energy still have cause for some pride and even optimism. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has reported that according to its latest […]

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US Area Available for Offshore Wind Farms is About to Triple

by John Johnston November 26, 2014
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The available area set aside for offshore wind farms in the United States is about to triple. A new federal land lease will allow for 740,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts to be made available for commercial wind projects. In the largest competitive lease sale for offshore US wind development, up to a dozen […]

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World Bank Pledges to Invest Heavily in Clean Energy, Less in Coal

by John Johnston November 24, 2014
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The World Bank has in the past been one of the biggest funders of fossil fuel projects, and has been accused of contributing to climate change in that way. However, now World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said the bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects “in circumstances of […]

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US and China Agree to Historic Emissions Cuts

by John Johnston November 12, 2014
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The United States and China, the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, have announced an historic new deal to each cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Leaders President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping together announced the new agreement. The deal is the result of many months of low key discussions between the two […]

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India Targets $100 Billion Investment in Renewables

by John Johnston November 10, 2014
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The new Indian government is proposing a $100 billion investment in the domestic renewable energy sector. It’s well known that the Indian electricity sector is in need of some serious development, and the government is looking to focus on renewable energy. India’s minister for coal, power, and renewable energy has announced that the government has […]

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Germany Looks to Cutting Coal-Fired Power Generation

by John Johnston November 6, 2014
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Very recently, the European Union agreed to require all member nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Now, Germany’s conservative government, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has issued an important discussion paper proposing to implement strict controls on coal-fired electricity generation, and to redesign the heavily industrialzed nation’s energy system around renewable energy, Renew […]

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New IPCC Report Issues Starkest Climate Change Warning Yet

by John Johnston November 3, 2014
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In its starkest warning yet, a comprehensive new synthesis report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week has concluded that climate change will inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts,” unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut sharply and rapidly. The new climate change report is actually a synthesis of 3 large working group reports released […]

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