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As more solar and wind come onto the grid, prices go down but new questions come up

Wind and solar energy are growing rapidly in the U.S. As these energy sources become a bigger part of the electricity mix, their growth raises new …

Renewable Energy

Toyota unveils all-electric C-HR

Toyota has unveiled an all-electric version of its C-HR crossover at the Beijing Motor Show. The C-HR EV is part of the Japanese automaker's pledge …

Electric Vehicles

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

TOKYO/HIGASHI MATSUSHIMA, JAPAN (Reuters) - A northern Japanese city's efforts to rebuild its electric power system after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami mark a quiet shift away from the country's old utility model toward self-reliant, local generation and transmission.<p>After losing three-quarters …

Japan

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SunPower's Big Play for the Rooftop Solar Market

SunPower is betting that aesthetics will help it sell the Equinox solar power system to homeowners. Image source: SunPower.<p><b>SunPower</b> <b>Corp</b> has quietly built a booming residential solar business, and it should take another big step forward in 2016. As competitors like <b>SolarCity</b> and <b>Vivint Solar</b> deal with …

Solar Power

Therapeutic benefits of music being used to treat Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression

Anyone who has blasted Arcade Fire before a party can attest to music's transformative powers. But music isn't just a mood-booster: Music therapists use pitch, rhythm, melody and lyrics in specific ways, with the explicit intent of affecting cognition or emotion in the person who is hearing …

Beijing issues first-ever red alert over heavy air pollution

Beijing issued its first-ever red alert for smog on Monday, urging schools to close and invoking restrictions on factories and traffic that will keep half of the city's vehicles off the roads.<p>The red alert — the most serious warning on a four-tier system adopted a little over two years ago — means …

Pollution

Climate change: How Canada measures up against the world's top emitters

Behind the scenes with Canada’s lead climate negotiator

The Liberals want an ambitious agreement at the Paris climate talks. Meet the woman who’s trying to get us there.<p>Louise Métivier is …

Climate

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Canada endorses tougher 1.5-degree limit to global warming

Canada supports a stiffer target at the Paris climate talks as the Liberals continue to try to differentiate themselves from the last …

Climate

Ontario to spend $20-million on electric vehicle charging stations

In an effort to kick start to the use of electric vehicles, the Ontario government will invest $20-million in a network of battery-charging stations.<p>Premier Kathleen Wynne and Environment Minister Glen Murray, who announced the charging-station program on Tuesday at the Paris climate change …

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into …

First Click: Cars are the new gadgets

I’m not what you’d call a car guy. Sure I’ve owned a few, I even spent a summer wrenching on an old Karmann Ghia cabriolet with my pops as we transformed it into a daily driver. But that vintage VW was a distant cousin to the technology marvels available to purchase right now. Some of which I’d …

The Secret Psychology Of Restaurant Menus

If nothing tickles your tastebuds, don't be fooled into ordering apps.<p>The most successful restaurants lure you in with top-notch tastes and an inviting atmosphere. But more subtly, they get inside your head to make you shell out and chow down.<p>Modest touches like loud music, calculated interior …

Psychology

A Japanese lifestyle guru explains how to organize your home once — and then never again

Marie Kondo is the queen of organization. Her book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing," reveals her instructions for organizing your space in one sitting, and then never having to do it again.<p>Her methods have garnered a significant social media …

List-Worthy

How to abandon Android and switch to the iPhone 6s

Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have now been on sale for exactly a week. Incredibly, that means Apple has likely already sold more new …

Mobile Technology

The 6 Best Wine Coolers of 2015

<i>We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i><p>One only needs …

Emergency supplies: Tools to put on the list for earthquakes and more

Got batteries? Good. Here's what else might come in handy when an emergency strikes:<p><b>Blue Can water</b><p>Purified Blue Can water is hermetically sealed inside a rust-proof aluminum can and boasts a shelf life of 50 years. Available by the case or pallet. One case (24 cans), $29.95 at www.safenready.net; …

Natural Gas

This is the end of the US shale boom

While everyone is watching the oil bust, there is another bust going on - one for natural gas.<p>Before there was a boom in oil production in the United States, there was the "shale gas revolution." That is where we all became familiar with terms like "fracking." And the Marcellus, Haynesville, and …

Billionaire VC: Startups are spending too much on useless 'window dressing'

"There's way too much money in the system ultimately still chasing few really great companies. And the problem with that is you have a bunch of impostor companies that get funded for a lot longer than normal cycles," Palihapitiya said during an interview.<p>If there was less money, companies would die …

Race to renewable: five developing countries ditching fossil fuels

Costa Rica, Afghanistan, China, India and Albania are all embracing renewable energy sources – five experts give their opinion on what the future holds<p>Costa Rica<p>Costa Rica is well on its way to becoming the first developing country to have 100% renewable electricity. Thanks to our hydro, wind and …

Renewable Energy

An Entire Colorado Town Just Went Off-Grid for 100% of their Energy

Aspen, CO – One American city just made a remarkable achievement, becoming one of three U.S. cities that run on 100 percent renewable energy.<p>After …

Japan is building solar energy plants on abandoned golf courses—and the idea is spreading

In Japan, country club memberships famously went for millions of dollars in the late 1980s. Then, too many courses were built in 1990s and 2000s during a real estate boom. Now the nation faces the question of what to do with its abandoned golf courses.<p>Meanwhile, Japan’s energy strategy in the …

Renewable Energy

For Investors, India's Solar Push Could Signal A Gold Rush

India’s government has set a mammoth new goal to build a solar power capacity of 100 GW in an energy-starved-but-hungry country, permitting 100% foreign investment and offering a series of tax breaks for the fledgling sector. The audacious new target quintuples the previous goal of 20 GW and is …

Renewable Energy

Solar Energy Company Invents Unique Way To Heat Homes With Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles

Over the last two years, clean energy advocates and supporters suddenly showed a lot of interest in solar energy. Though the form of clean energy has …

Clean Energy

The hack that took down a global spyware vendor

At the end of last month, Hacking Team seemed untouchable. The company occupied a controversial niche in the security space, contracting out surveillance software to law enforcement agencies around the world. If your phone got stuck with a wiretapping implant, there's a good chance it came from …