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2015 was a watershed moment for the future of energy

In December, 195 nations reached a binding agreement at COP21 (the United Nations conference on climate change) to keep global warming in check.<p>And 2015 was also the first time the world added more energy from renewable sources than from fossil fuels, according to the United Nations-backed Global …

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy: Evolution, not revolution

Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are growing rapidly, but the world will also continue to rely on fossil fuel for decades to come.<p><b>A world of clean,</b> …

Renewable Energy

Fully transparent solar cell could make every window in your house a power source

A Michigan State University research team has finally created a truly transparent solar panel — a breakthrough that could soon usher in a world where …

Clean Energy

Sea level rise will swallow Miami, New Orleans: study

But making extreme carbon cuts and moving to renewable energy could save millions of people living in iconic coastal areas of the United States, said the findings in the October 12 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.<p>Scientists have already …

Climate Change

A Bill Gates-backed Canadian company opened a plant that sucks carbon from the air

Carbon Engineering, backed by Bill Gates and other investors, unveiled a test facility able to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using giant fans.<p>That carbon goes through a series of chemical processes and emerges as pellets, which can be used to make fuel — or simply be stored underground.<p>…

British Columbia

Stephen Hawking warns of an 'intelligence explosion'

In his recent Reddit AMA, the famed physicist explains how that might happen.<p>When asked by a user how AI could become smarter than its creator and pose a threat to the human race, Hawking wrote:<p>This terrifying vision of the future relies on a concept called the intelligence explosion. It posits …

Singularity

The three things humans will always do better than robots

Hello?<p><i>This is Lucy. How are you today?</i><p>Oh hai Lucy. I’m doing fine. You?<p>(pause) <i>Hi. Thanks for asking. I was wondering if you might a few minutes to answer some questions for me; we’re giving away a free wireless home security system.</i><p>Um. Sure. What can I answer for you?<p><i>Do you own your home?</i><p>Yeah, sure.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point

Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by …

Renewable Energy

Renewables Won’t Succeed Without Energy Storage–But Storage Is Finally Catching Up

From advanced batteries to blocks of melting ice, states are investing in new ways to store excess electricity from solar and wind farms.<p>Solar and wind power will never reach full potential unless there’s an easy way to store the energy that gets created when supply is abundant–like when the wind …

For Sustainable Energy, Choose Nuclear

Energy based on nuclear fission has many of the same advantages and none of the disadvantages of solar and wind: it emits no carbon dioxide (CO2) and …

Big Solar Step: Super-Efficient System Sets Record

A new world record is making the future of solar energy look pretty bright. Researchers in Australia recently developed a solar energy system that …

Clean Energy

This school has banned all technology in the classroom—and at home

The next time your kid complains about your draconian 30-minute iPad limit, try this one on them: there is a school in London where all internet, TV, smartphones, and other tech devices are banned until at least age 12. (Pause, wait for gasps.)<p>The charter of the Acorn School, founded in 2013, …

London School of Economics

Al Gore spreads environmental gospel before climate talks

The modern world is collapsing around us and we must change our ways, according to the former US vice president, who has led the training of more than 5,000 people in the last 18 months.<p>At each session, he delivers an updated version of his Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," …

Climate

This incredible fact should get you psyched about solar power

In a single hour, the amount of power from the sun that strikes the Earth is more than the entire world consumes in an year.<p>To put that in numbers, from the US Department of Energy:<p><b>Each hour 430 quintillion Joules of energy from the sun hits the Earth</b>. That's 430 with 18 zeroes after it!<p>In …

Renewable Energy

Your home could become one giant iPhone, courtesy of Apple

It's called HomeKit. And if Apple's plans work out, it will turn your home into one giant computer — like the iPhone, but everywhere.<p>The iPhone, like any other computer, is a piece of hardware built by a certain company that can run apps and games built by other companies and developers all over …

Home Automation

Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels' Role in Global Warming Decades Ago

At a meeting in Exxon Corporation's headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking …

Climate

Like Instagram for doctors, Figure 1 app now has 500,000 users

Early this summer, a resident at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home in rural Louisiana had a leg wound that wouldn't heal. The staff and specialists in the region were flummoxed, so nursing head Karey Thigpen turned to a social network created by Toronto startup Figure 1 Inc.<p>After rifling through …

Digital Health

Campaign calls for ban on sex robots

A campaign has called for an outright ban on robots developed for sex. Leading academics in robot ethics have warned that their creation will only …

Robotics

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

North Korea says it has restarted all its nuclear bomb fuel plants

Announcement on state media says country is ready at ‘any time’ to use nuclear weapons against the US and others<p>North Korea says it has revamped and restarted all its atomic bomb fuel production plants, and warned that it is ready “at any time” to use nuclear weapons against the US and other …

North Korea

Singapore has come up with an ingenious way to save water

But rather than let that water evaporate wastefully on the streets and sidewalks, Singapore sets a standard the rest of the world would be smart to adopt: The city-state soaks up water like a giant sponge.<p>By recycling the rainwater through built-in runoff capture systems, Singapore can reduce both …

Snorkeling

The World Really Could Go Nuclear

In just two decades Sweden went from burning oil for generating electricity to fissioning uranium. And if the world as a whole were to follow that …

Energy

New hybrid solar cells generate 5 times more energy by harnessing sunlight and heat at the same time

Scientists have developed a new hybrid solar cell that harnesses the sun’s light and heat to create more energy than ever before, thanks to the …

Study Predicts 200 Feet Of Sea Level Rise If All Fossil Fuels Are Burned

"To be blunt: If we burn it all, we melt it all."<p>So says Ricarda Winkelmann, the lead author of a new paper that paints a dire picture of our planet should we continue to extract and burn the world's coal, oil and natural gas reserves.<p>Published Friday in the journal Science Advances, the study …

Climate Change

What a difference a day makes: the argument for a four-day school week

The call for a four-day working week is not new. At a time when more and more people say they feel overworked, and increasing numbers are making the switch to part-time hours, the idea has been proposed as a means of tackling both stress and unemployment.<p>But schools have largely been left out of …

Education

The coming years may be rooftop solar's time to shine

Rooftop solar power is booming. And as more and more consumers discover that prices for solar power are falling, they're slapping panels on their roofs and buying less energy from the power companies.<p>Are we really seeing a revolution in rooftop solar? “Yes,” says David Roberts, a staff writer at …

Solar Power

Solar Panels from CPS Energy: The San Antonio utility’s brilliant new business model for renewable energy.

The business model surrounding rooftop solar has changed dramatically in the past decade. Several years ago early adopters had to spend a lot of …

Solar Power