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Italy pushes ahead with 'next generation' biofuels from waste

<b>Italy will become the first country in Europe to legally require "advanced biofuels" in cars and trucks, the BBC has learned.</b><p>Made from waste, the new fuels are said to reduce the amount of land taken out of food production.<p>The world's first commercial scale plant making fuel from straw opened in …

Biofuel

America's Rooftop Solar Panels Are Probably Facing The Wrong Direction

But they make more money this way.<p>The direction of your rooftop solar panels benefits your wallet more than the environment, according to multiple energy officials interviewed by The New York Times.<p>Virtually all homes point their solar panels south, where they can best capture rays from the sun …

Solar Power

Germans Happily Pay More for Renewable Energy. But Would Others?

While Germany is breaking world records for the amount of sustainable energy it uses every year, German energy customers are breaking European …

Renewable Energy

Arizona Utility To Pay Consumers For Rooftop Space For Solar

Will consumers let utilities use their roof for $30 a month?<p>Arizona Public Service, the dominant utility in the state, has filed for permission to install approximately 20 megawatts of solar on 3,000 homes in its service territory. APS will recover the cost of the systems—approximately $57 to $70 …

U.K. Supermarket To Run On Electricity Made From Its Own Rotting Food

The joys of anaerobic digestion<p>One U.K. grocery store plans to power itself using biogas harvested from its own unsold, rotting produce. Yum.<p>A Sainsbury's store in Cannock in central England is getting access to anaerobic digesters. The store plans to use electricity solely from the digesters, …

Sainsbury'S

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/19/14: What is this?

If you know what today's picture is, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.<p><b>Update, Sunday at 10:13 a.m. PT</b>: <i>The answer to today's challenge -- which 60 people got right -- is a General Electric wind turbine blade display, in Lamar, Colo.</i> <i>Thanks to all</i> …

Photos

China's Great Coal Migration

At the vast industrial complex of Ta Shan, in northern China, the coal miners’ afternoon shift change happens between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Miners masked …

Deutsche Bank Lends $1B in Japan’s Solar Gold Rush

Deutsche Bank AG plans to lend about $1 billion for Japan solar projects, joining Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in funding cleaner energy as the …

Eating out in Japanese: a guide to Japan's restaurants

The Japanese love to eat out, and the profusion of culinary options, even in the smallest towns, can be overwhelming. There’s something for every taste and budget, from humble slurp-and-go noodle stands, to refined traditional eateries serving seasonal fare. With Japan’s range of dishes and cooking …

Japan

Watching Wind Turbines in Snow Sheds Light on Inefficiencies

New paper documents first commercial-scale look at "wakes" from turbines.<p>As wind energy production expands around the world, engineers have identified a nagging problem: When a wind turbine spins, its blades create disturbances in the air that can reduce the amount of energy produced.<p>This …

Half of Germany Is Now Powered by Solar Energy

The nation can now produce more than 24 GW of energy from the sun.<p><i>Workers stack finished solar energy panels at the Solarworld plant on August 14, 2013 in Freiberg, Germany. Credit: Getty Images.</i><p>Continuing its unrelenting march toward a renewable-powered future, Germany now can produce more than …

Eat Better on a Budget

“Losing weight doesn’t need to be all about organic vegetables and grass-finished beef,” says Mike Roussell, Ph.D., a <i>Men’s Health</i> nutrition advisor.<p>Plus, many good-for-you foods such as lean meats, whole grains, and vegetables are rich in nutrients, like protein and fiber, that keep you fuller …

Elon Musk is Building a Solar Power Super-Factory in New York

The billionaire wants to spark a breakthrough in low-cost accessible solar energy.<p>Elon Musk gets more press for being the head of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, but in addition to overhauling the car and launch businesses, he's trying to revolutionize solar energy, too. Now Musk's solar company SolarCity …

The Foods That REALLY Cause Zits

Eat right to keep your complexion clear<p>By The Editors of Men's Health, Photography By Levi Brown<p>Face it: A bad diet can have ugly consequences. Scientists at New York University report that high-glycemic foods, such as rice, potatoes, bread, and sugary snacks and drinks, may contribute to acne.<p>A …

Ask Anything: Will We Ever Run Out Of Potable Water?

Short answer: Not if we get creative.<p>“There’s a lot of hype around this issue,” says Upmanu Lall, professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University and director of its Water Center. But, he says, we’re in little danger of running out of water overall. One could conceive of a …

Water

New Air Pollution Rules Tie Public Health To Major Carbon Cuts

Under a new EPA plan, states must curb CO2 pollution from the energy sector.<p>Power plants nationwide must cut their carbon dioxide pollution by up to 30 percent in less than two decades, under the “clean power plan” released today by the Obama administration.<p>It is the most sweeping CO2 reduction in …

Rhode Island

Saudi Arabia’s Key Clean Energy Strategist Leaves Post

The official who designed Saudi Arabia’s strategy to lure $109 billion in investment for solar energy left his post, raising questions over how …

Nuclear power: on the way back?

Our pick of the week from around the web, including the rise of power stations, hating Silicon Valley and how the Romans invented Facebook.<p>El Bulli for all<br>John Lanchester | London Review Of Books | 13 November 2013<br>Lanchester samples Ferran Adria’s free online Harvard course, Science & Cooking, and …

Silicon Valley

5 Healthy Ways to Eat More Chocolate

I’m a huge fan of dark chocolate, not only on a personal level (it’s one of my fave treats!), but also as a health professional. In fact, in my last …

Holistic Medicine

What Science Says About Race and Genetics

A longstanding orthodoxy among social scientists holds that human races are a social construct and have no biological basis. A related assumption is …

New York Times

How Supreme Court Ruling May Help Clean the Air

A federal rule on interstate pollution from power plants has been upheld.<p>The air in the eastern United States could soon get a little cleaner, environmentalists say, after yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a controversial regulation regarding air pollution that travels from state to …

Behold The World's Largest Solar-Panel Power Plant -- In Arizona

A 290-megawatt project and the largest solar-panel power plant in the world has risen in Arizona and will send electricity to California under a 25-year contract, its owners said Tuesday.<p>The project, owned by NRG Energy and MidAmerican Solar, sits on 2,400 acres between Yuma and Phoenix. They hired …

17 Emerging Energy Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging energy technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions based on consultation …

Energy

Britain's Main Nuclear Waste Site Almost Certain To Leak In Near Future, Agency Says

This is why you don't put radioactive dumps next to the ocean.<p>For the last 55 years, most of Britain's low-level nuclear waste--the kind of material used in nuclear power stations and the like--has ended up at a repository in northwest England, on the coast near the Irish Sea. Some areas of the …