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Exclusive Homeowners risk 'wasting their time' recycling because of confusion over what can be recycled

Homeowners risk “wasting their time” recycling after it emerged that nine in 10 people are making mistakes which mean their bottles, cans and paper may be going straight to landfill.<p>Research by Wrap, which is funded by eight Government bodies and departments, found a “lack of knowledge or …

Away from the city lights of the West, the night sky promises a dazzling celestial show

When I was a kid, summers meant evenings outside, falling asleep while watching stars parade westward over my family’s corn and cotton fields in Northern California. My star atlas sat by my sleeping bag, its spine ragged <b></b>from constant use, its pages sloughing off by the score.<p>Only gathering clouds …

National Parks

Red States Are Leading the Way in Renewable Energy

Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, …

Eleven necessities for budget hiking trips

Seeing the view from the top of a mountain after a tough hike doesn't need to come at a huge expense. With the right budget, you can get the right …

Camping

China's Nuclear Fusion Machine Just Smashed Germany's Hydrogen Plasma Record

Game on.<p>Just last week, we reported that Germany’s revolutionary nuclear fusion machine managed to heat hydrogen gas to 80 million degrees Celsius, …

World's largest concentrated solar plant switches on in the Sahara

<b>(CNN) —</b> Morocco has switched on what will be the world's largest concentrated solar power plant.<p>The new site near the city of Ouarzazate -- famous as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator" -- could produce enough energy to power over one million …

Renewable Energy

Why SolarCity Plans to Ditch Nevada

The largest solar installer in the U.S., SolarCity, said on Wednesday that it will stop selling and installing solar panels on rooftops across Nevada …

The Violent Afterlife of a Recycled Plastic Bottle

What happens after you toss it into the bin?<p><i>Editor's note: This article has been significantly revised post-publication to correct for factual errors in the original version.*</i><p>Most of us do not think much about recycling. We might clean bottles and jars, crush cartons and break down boxes. We might …

Sustainability

MIT researchers have figured out how to make solar cells with old car batteries

Here’s a clever technological breakthrough that could help the environment in two ways. MIT announced this week that some of its researchers have …

Taxing the sun? Why some states are making solar power more expensive

It’s getting harder to figure out whether converting your home to solar energy makes financial sense as utilities adopt new ways to pay customers who …

This Is The Beginning Of The End Of The Fossil Fuel Industry

Oil and coal companies are either going to have to invest in renewables, or perish.<p>The fossil fuel industry is at a crossroads.<p>Oil and gas giants such as Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil and BP continue to reap stupendous profits from selling products that contribute to the high levels of carbon …

Sustainability

Is The Cleantech Bubble Over? The Reality Of Solar Economics - Forbes

In an earlier post, I noted that advocates of solar energy in particular tend to avoid talking about the cost of the electricity produced by focusing on the fact that costs are dropping, or that prices are sometimes low, or simply pointing to the large increase in installations as evidence of …

Solar Power

Why SolarCity is struggling to adapt to today's solar market

In some ways, that's true, but it overstates how SolarCity's operations really work -- and the reason the company has struggled so much lately.<p>In reality, SolarCity is really a pushy door-to-door salesman and telemarketer that's urging you to sign on the dotted line as fast as possible so he can …

Solar Power

Do You Stereotype States? You Might Be Wrong on Clean Energy

Everyone in Colorado skis, all Oklahomans can rope a calf, and native New Jerseyans like me all talk like Pauly D did on Jersey Shore. Right?<p>You may also stereotype when it comes to clean energy: Progressive states such as California are pumping out clean, renewable energy while others insist on …

That Dutch Solar-Panel Bike Lane Really Works

SolaRoad has operated for a year and produced more power than expected.<p>A year ago the Dutch town of Krommenie made bicycling even greener by opening a bike path composed of solar panels. This had never been done before, so it was anyone’s guess whether it would succeed as either a path or an energy …

Mysterious electric car startup looking to build $1B factory

The startup's name is Faraday Future, and it has been hunting for a place to build what it says will be a $1 billion manufacturing plant for a new line of cars. Four states are contenders and the company says to expect an announcement within weeks.<p>Headquartered in a low-profile office just south of …

Electric Vehicles

America’s Five Best Road Trips

For The Music: From Nashville To Austin<p>Nashville, Tennessee. Image Source: Vanderbilt<p><i>Sites: Nashville – Memphis – Clarksdale – Greenwood – Jackson –</i> …

Travel

We Are Spending Too Much on Trash

Recently, some such as Dr. Thomas Kinnaman, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University, have argued that Americans are actually recycling too much of our trash. Dr. Kinnaman surmises that more environmental harm may be taking place in the name of recycling. In other words, the process of …

The future is here: mass-market hydrogen cars take to Britain's roads

Billed for the last decade as a clean alternative to petrol or electric vehicles, hydrogen cars are no longer a car show concept but a driving reality. The challenge for manufacturers now is widescale adoption<p>The first mass production hydrogen cars, billed for more than a decade as a clean …

Renewable energy doesn’t mean clean energy: The European accounting error that’s warming the planet

Burning trees to fuel our power plants is heating the atmosphere more quickly than coal. Part 1 of a 3-part series<p>ELBY, U.K. - The heavy power lines and narrow roads between the steam-billowing towers of three of England’s biggest power plants traverse an energy industry in upheaval. Shuttered coal …

Europe's most popular source of 'renewable' energy is worse for the planet than coal

We're not talking about wind, solar, or hydroelectric power here. The biggest renewable in Europe is wood pellets.<p>Burning wood — technically labeled a "renewable" resource since more trees can be replanted and they'll absorb carbon from the air — is the European Union's largest source of …

Renewable Energy

Why A Man Who Hates Plastic Water Bottles Is Making Plastic Water Bottles

Donald Thomson’s water bottle solution? Throw them on the roof.<p>Donald Thomson, a 56-year-old, Canadian-born builder, entrepreneur, and self-taught designer, launched ‘A’Gua-brand water bottles in Costa Rica earlier this year. But he sees no contradiction in his current endeavor: converting …

Transparent solar cells could turn your windows into power sources

Until now, solar cells of this kind have been only partially transparent and usually a bit tinted, but these new ones are so clear that they're practically indistinguishable from a normal pane of glass.<p>Previous claims toward transparent solar panels have been misleading, since the very nature of …

Clean Energy

Most Of The Plastic In The Ocean Comes From Just A Few Polluting Countries

Just five countries are responsible for 60% of all the junk in our marine garbage patches.<p>Millions of tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year, causing increasing environmental and economic damage (not to mention a watery eyesore).<p>According to research published this year, up to 60% of …

Pollution

This tiny "e-mailable" solar house snaps together like a 3D puzzle without a single nail

Your next house could snap together like a jigsaw puzzle without the need for any power tools. Clemson University students designed and built Indigo …

Clemson University

Renewables Won’t Succeed Without Energy Storage–But Storage Is Finally Catching Up

From advanced batteries to blocks of melting ice, states are investing in new ways to store excess electricity from solar and wind farms.<p>Solar and wind power will never reach full potential unless there’s an easy way to store the energy that gets created when supply is abundant–like when the wind …

Clean Energy

Tesla Model X: Elon Musk launches first all-electric SUV

New larger electric four-by-four can hit 60mph in 3.2 seconds, a top speed of 155mph and drive 250 miles per charge<p>Elon Musk’s all-electric-car company Tesla has launched its highly anticipated SUV, the Model X.<p>The seven-seater car has falcon doors that open upwards instead of outwards, can drive …

The stock market has a big problem

This occurred despite lackluster growth from the US economy.<p>How could that be?<p>In a sentence: The US stock market is not the US economy.<p>Unfortunately, that story has gone from good to bad at a time when the Federal Reserve has plans that could make things much worse for investors.<p>All of this has …

Markets