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Germany’s Sunfire makes synthetic gasoline from water, CO2

While vehicles like Toyota’s fuel-cell powered Mirai are leading the charge to a future less reliant on fossil fuels, Germany’s Sunfire GmbH may have …

Carbon Dioxide

An All-Liquid Battery For Storing Solar And Wind Energy

Making alternative energy cheaper and more reliable<p>You could call it a rainy-day fund. A team of MIT researchers has built an all-liquid battery prototype that's designed to store excess energy from solar and wind power plants. When the sun isn't shining, or the wind isn't blowing, future versions …

Clean Energy

Four telling points that show why the Site C dam fell short of endorsement

<i>Key points raised by the Joint Review Panel on the Site C Clean Energy project proposal, from its 471-page report:</i><p><b>1. Project costs need detailed review</b><p>"The Panel cannot conclude on the likely accuracy of project cost estimates because it does not have the information, time, or resources. … If it is …

Oil spills boosting the economy? That's even dumber than it sounds

Andrew Leach on how economic impact analysis can be used to justify any type of spending, no matter how dubious<p>This week, Press Progress and the …

Why Some Mushrooms May Be Magic for Climate Change

Fungi don’t get the respect they deserve. Maybe that’s because they do most of their work in the dark, beneath the ground or on dead matter, or …

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …

Renewable Energy Fun & Rumination

<b>Published on</b> November 28th, 2013 | <i>by Zachary Shahan</i><p>4<p>November 28th, 2013 by <b>Zachary Shahan</b><p>Good infographics are fun, and… <i>info</i>rmative. This renewable …

Crater Burning for Over 40 Years is a "Door to Hell"

<i>Door to Hell</i> is an aptly named natural gas field in the Karakum Desert of Darweze, Turkmenistan that has been burning for over forty years. The flaming crater was originally a level surface identified by Soviet scientists in 1971 as an area rich in gas resources. Unfortunately, the ground collapsed …

Natural Gas

Mexican Sun Lures Cash to Solar as Panel Prices Plunge

Mexico, poised to allow foreign oil extraction for the first time in 75 years, is finding its abundant natural resources also appeal to investors in …

Separating Fact from Fiction In Accounts of Germany’s Renewables Revolution - Rocky Mountain Institute

Separating Fact from Fiction In Accounts of Germany’s Renewables Revolution<p>August 15, 2013 | By<p>I recently wrote about—and debunked—the renewables …

Natural Gas

Solving the Looming Talent Shortage in the Energy Industry

These days, each passing season seems to mark a new weather record, whether hottest year in the US, driest drought in Australia, or a record heat wave in South Korea. The trend towards more extreme weather appears to be continuing around the globe.<p>So just when electric systems need to operate …

Redox Power Plans To Roll Out Dishwasher-Sized Fuel Cells That Cost 90% Less Than Currently Available Fuel Cells

Redox Power Systems, a Fulton, MD-based start-up company founded last year, sealed the deal on a partnership with researchers at the University of Maryland to commercialize a potentially game-changing distributed generation technology.<p>Redox says that it plans to bring to market a fuel cell that is …

Australia and Canada: Two resource-driven economies on divergent paths

Australia's central bank has cut its key interest rate again, to a record low, underscoring concern that a global commodity slump and slower growth in China will weaken its resource-based economy.<p>The country is trying to kickstart consumer and business spending with the cuts because the mining …

The green movement is not pro-science

Do many environmentalists hold anti-scientific positions? This idea, put forward by environmental journalist Fred Pearce and others, may have received some pushback (eg Anne Chapman earlier in this series) but for me, it is merely a statement of the obvious.<p>Consider that great scientific …

Climate scientists must not advocate particular policies

As a climate scientist, I'm under pressure to be a political advocate. This comes mainly from environmentalists. Dan Cass, wind-farm director and solar advocate, preferred me not to waste my time debating "denialist morons" but to use political advocacy to "prevent climate catastrophe".<p>Jeremy …