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Renewable energy now makes up nearly third of all electricity generated in UK

Electricity generation from renewable energy has reached a “record high”, according to new government statistics.<p>The third quarter of 2017 saw the …

Renewable Energy

China is building solar roadways – ‘transparent concrete’ atop solar cells that charge driving cars

China is building roadways with solar panels underneath that may soon have the ability to charge cars wirelessly and digitally assist automated vehicles. This second solar roadway project – part of the Jinan City Expressway – is a 1.2 mile stretch. The building technique involves transparent …

Mapped: How much space would it take to sustain the world's largest cities by solar energy?

The world's fossil fuel resources are only becoming more limited. With our increasingly large global footprint, the need for renewable energy is amplifying.<p>But the impact of renewables might be less than once thought - with new research from RS Components revealing how little land is needed to …

New York City

Renewable energy generates enough power to run 70% of Australian homes

Renewable Energy Index shows sector will generate power to run 90% of homes once wind and solar projects being built in 2016-17 are completed<p>Australia’s renewable energy sector is within striking distance of matching national household power consumption, cranking out enough electricity to run 70% …

Renewable Energy

China Just Built A 250-Acre Solar Farm Shaped Like A Giant Panda

In a display of China’s commitment to ramping up renewable energy resources, the country just finished a 250-acre solar farm in the shape of a panda. The effort is partially a PR campaign as China continues to lead the world in renewable energy investment.<p>The first phase of the solar power plant …

Renewable Energy

This mini turbine harvests energy from wind or water to charge your devices when you're off-grid

This portable turbine can harvest energy from wind or water to charge your devices when you're off-grid.<p>The turbine has a max output of 25W and needs to be in water travelling at 5mph or in wind travelling at 7mph to achieve that.<p>It is perfect for tech savvy campers who want to harvest renewable …

Renewable Energy

Scientists Create Alternative Plastics Using Just Sugars and CO2

One of the problems with society's addiction to plastic is that the ubiquitous material's major building blocks come from fossil fuels, which are …

Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction

Deforestation in the Amazon is increasing amid cuts to protection, putting Norway’s financial aid in jeopardy, says minister<p>Leia este artigo em português<p>Norway has issued a blunt threat to Brazil that if rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is not reversed, its billion-dollar financial …

Brazil

Future Energy: China leads world in solar power production

<b>Ten years ago, Geof Moser had just graduated with a master's degree in solar energy from Arizona State University - but he didn't feel much opportunity lay at his feet in his home country.</b><p>So he headed for China.<p>"The solar industry was fairly small and there weren't a lot of jobs," he remembers. …

Renewable Energy

What if several of the world’s biggest food crops failed at the same time?

Many of the world’s major breadbaskets have experienced crop loss due to climate change<p>Less than one-quarter of Earth’s total cropland produces nearly three-quarters of the staple crops that feed the world’s population – especially corn, wheat and rice, the most important cereal crops. These areas …

Agriculture

China launches world's largest floating solar farm

You might be familiar with floating wind turbines, but what about floating solar panels?<p>Most of the Earth's surface area is covered in water, so it …

Renewable Energy

Stella McCartney is turning ocean garbage into clothes in the most chic reduce, reuse, recycle campaign we’ve ever heard of

Much as we love it, the truth is the fashion industry can be pretty polluting. According to Newsweek, fast fashion has created a huge textile waste …

Why scientists are fighting back. We’ve had enough of Trump’s war on facts

The president’s savaging of environmental safeguards is a direct attack on reason and research<p>Next Saturday, in Washington, DC, and in hundreds of rallies around the world, scientists and their supporters will stage what is likely to be the largest gathering of its kind in history. The March for …

Clean Technology

Our Plastics Glut Is An Environmental Nightmare -- And An $80 Billion Opportunity

It’s no secret that plastic waste poses a huge threat to our environment, from overflowing landfills to the ever-growing ocean gyres. Designed to last, plastic can take thousands of years to break down. In the meantime, it’s damaging fragile ecosystems and affecting the food chain from the ocean …

Pollution

Scientists turn spinach leaf into working heart tissue

Researchers have managed to turn a spinach leaf into working heart tissue and are on the way to solving the problem of recreating the tiny, branching networks of blood vessels in human tissue.<p>Until now, scientists have unsuccessfully tried to use 3D printing to recreate these intricate …

Iceland is drilling a giant hole, not for oil, but for geothermal energy

Drill, baby, drill. But in this case, not for oil — rather, the nation of Iceland is digging a giant hole into a volcano in the name of renewable …

Hydroelectric Power

Cities and Nature in the Age of Urbanization

Mayors are leading in addressing climate change, acting with a nimbleness that’s impossible for even the best-intentioned national governments. At …

Urban Design

2016 was the year solar panels finally became cheaper than fossil fuels. Just wait for 2017

The renewable energy future will arrive when installing new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal, natural gas or other options. If you ask the World Economic Forum (WEF), the day has arrived.<p>Solar and wind is now the same price or cheaper than new fossil fuel capacity in …

Renewable Energy

Earth - The forgotten people of the Arctic

There is no more evocative image of the Arctic than the polar bear. We all know it as the symbol of our thirst for fossil fuels. As the sea ice melts and nanook's habitat disappears, the world cries "save the polar bear". But hardly anyone says "save the local people".<p>That is because Arctic …

Whales

Are we raising a generation of nature-phobic kids?

The childhood I had wandering through the woods and fields near my home unsupervised from morning until dark today seems like a lost world. Many children now spend less than 30 minutes <i>per week</i> playing outside.<p>It's not just kids and their preoccupation with iPads and video games, or busy streets and …

Evolution Is Happening Faster Than We Thought

Amsterdam — A FRIEND recently invited me over to see the blackbird that had taken up residence in a potted plant on her balcony.<p>Serenely incubating eggs in the inner city, this bird had little in common with its shy, reclusive ancestors that nested in Europe’s forests. Early in the 19th century, …

Ecology