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Professor Brian Cox clashes with Australian climate sceptic

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1256000/1256387_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524671375_bb31594da6632e337ca85d99d25ed997<p><b>Professor Brian Cox has verbally sparred with a newly elected Australian politician who believes climate change is a global conspiracy.</b><p>The British …

Cask & Still Issue Three

Follow<p>Cask & Still Issue Three<p>We talk to 'The Whisky Professor' Bernie Lubbers plus Prue Leith tells us about her favourite dram<p>Cask & Still Issue …

April breaks global temperature record

<b>April was the seventh month in a row that broke global temperature records, Nasa figures show.</b><p>Last month smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever, the data show.<p>That makes it three months in a row that the monthly record was broken by the largest margin ever.<p>But in terms of …

Rate of carbon emissions put in context

<b>We are now putting carbon into the atmosphere at a rate unprecedented since at least the age of the dinosaurs, scientists say.</b><p>The researchers have examined ocean sediments laid down during the so-called Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum - a dramatic warming event some 56 million years ago.<p>They find …

Hottest...July...Evah!

July was hot. It was the hottest July on record, but more than this: it was the warmest month ever recorded on Earth. Let that sink in a moment. The first seven months of 2015 were all record breakers, and 2015 is on track to take the record for warmest recorded year. As Paris Hilton likes to say, …

Electric ‘Boris cars’ are coming to London – how do they work in Paris?

Jean-Philippe Wailliez, who runs a small wine business in Paris, finds he uses one “actually pretty regularly. Three, four times a week, maybe, instead of the metro or the commuter train. It really is a very useful service. Especially when I have to make deliveries.”<p>Emanuelle Buet is on her way to …

Should we be building like Grandma's house or like Passive House?

For many years I have been promoting simple, non-electric ways of keeping cool without air conditioning. Most of the techniques were based on how our …

Earth 'entering new extinction phase' - US study

<b>The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties.</b><p>The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.<p>The …

There's An Inconvenient Hole in the Climate Forecasting Map

England’s lead scientific adviser warned recently that increased demand for water and energy, and a warmer world, may combine to create a ‘perfect storm’ of “public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migration by 2030″, with developing regions hardest hit: ”there’s not going to be a complete …

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd criticised ahead of climate speech

<b>A senior minister was accused of "grotesque hypocrisy" ahead of a speech outlining the government's plan to tackle climate change.</b><p>Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd said measures to curb rising temperatures are about ensuring economic security.<p>She also sought to redress the view that …

A Weekend With The All-Electric BMW i3

I’ve never driven a BMW, or an electric car, so I might have been an odd choice to test drive the new BMW i3, the German car maker’s all-electric hatchback, which packs the equivalent of 170 HP into its electric engine. But an unexpected reviewer might be the perfect candidate for an unexpected car.<p>…

Articles about modern energy efficient smart home on Dwell.com - Dwell

Using a combination of passive design principles and active technologies, LGA Architectural Partners forges a smart,...<p>To complement our July/August issue's Smart Home product package, we've programmed a series of panels that cover the latest...<p>Are you looking for some efficient ways to save energy …

Elon Musk -- An African Immigrant Changes The World

Last week, an immigrant from South Africa made a decision that is both altruistic and business-savvy. Elon Musk, inventor, billionaire and dreamer, announced that his superbly engineered electric car company, Tesla, would open up most of its patents and technology behind the company’s trademark …

Renewing Industry With Ancient Tech: A Return To Hydropower

You don’t have to invest millions in engineering the most optimal solar panel or innovative wind turbine to get ahead in the renewable energy sector. Instead, one Beverly, Mass.-based company has invested time and effort to understand the permitting process behind an older power source and has …

Autoblog Green

Tesla on Wednesday posted its worst ever quarterly loss and said its Model 3 production target remains on track, expecting to hit about 5,000 per week in about two months. While that sounds alarming, losses were actually less than analysts expected.<p>The U.S. military has a long history of pushing …

Don’t Forget Butterflies! Our Pollination Crisis Is About More Than Honeybees

When President Obama signed an order last week creating a task force that will seek to promote pollinator health, honeybees grabbed the …

Senators Take Bipartisan Action To Reduce Pollutants Responsible For 40 Percent Of Global Warming

On Thursday, two senators introduced a bipartisan proposal to address climate change. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Susan Collins’ (R-ME) Super …

Insulating your home? Try recycled materials from curtains to carpets

Unsure what to do with that tatty old pair of curtains? How about stuffing it into the walls?<p>Perhaps that's not as mad as it sounds: waste textiles – old clothes, curtains, carpets – are the latest materials to be developed into insulation to help save energy and lower utility bills.<p>"We're …

Transition Streets: growing success for communities to conserve energy

When Gail Jackson put an invitation through every door on her street in St Albans, inviting her neighbours round to her house to discuss doing Transition Streets, she didn't really expect any of them to come. "I ended up with 11 people crammed into my front room. I didn't know what to do with so …

Zero Carbon Britain Event (London 9th April 2014): Can renewables keep the lights on?

These slides come from the presentation made by Tobi Kellner and Alice Hooker-Stroud at the ZCB Event: "Can renewables keep the lights on?" held at St John's church, Waterloo, London on the 9th April 2014.<p>They outline the Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future scenario detailing how the UK can …

Electric cars aren't seen as aspirational; new 'Formula E' could help

For electric cars, 2013 was not a good year. Three electric-vehicle (EV) companies – Better Place, Coda and Fisker – bit the dust, Tesla fires hit the headlines and Aston Martin, renowned for its beautiful cars, ditched the aptly named Cygnet EV. Things were not looking good.<p>It seems unlikely that …

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The 10 hottest hybrids and EVs from the Frankfurt Motor Show

1. Audi Sport Quattro Concept<p>This concept honors the original Quattro from 1983 with its chunky C-pillars and fender flares, but looks ahead in terms …

Making it happen

Zero Carbon Britain is the flagship research project from the Centre for Alternative Technology, showing that a modern, zero-emissions society is …

Clegg blocks Cameron's plan for windfarm cap

Nick Clegg has blocked a proposal by David Cameron to restrict the construction of onshore windfarms, a Liberal Democrat source has said.<p>It is understood the prime minister presented Clegg with the plans more than a week ago, which would have put an overall cap on the number of turbines built in …

Norway has fallen in love with electric cars – but the affair is coming to an end

Norway's traffic jams are becoming the cleanest and quietest in the world due to a flood of drivers buying electric cars which now power around the country's cities on hydro-electricity, competing for free charging points.<p>For three months at the end of 2013, the luxury electric sports car the Tesla …

Potential £100m flotation for maker of washing machine that uses beads

Just as inventor James Dyson revolutionised our chores with hi-tech hoovers and fans, a new company is set to change the way we wash our clothes, with a pioneering washing machine that uses tiny plastic beads rather than gallons of water to rinse clothes clean.<p>Sheffield-based Xeros has announced …

NASA Photos Reveal the World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm from Space

The London Array is the world’s largest offshore wind farm – and it looks even more amazing from space. NASA Earth Observatory just released these …

SolTech's Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles …

Number of households getting help with insulation plummets

The number of homes becoming warmer and cheaper to heat under government-backed insulation schemes collapsed in 2013, according to the latest official statistics.<p>The drop, of more than 90% in the case of loft insulation, was described as serious by the government's own fuel poverty adviser and …