Dave McCormick

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Why solar is suddenly so sexy for Indian companies

In 2014, heavy machinery manufacturer Schwing Stetter put up a rooftop solar power system at its factory near Chennai in southern India. Operating out of a city that experiences frequent power outages, the company wanted to explore other sources of electricity and zeroed in on a 100 kilowatt (KW) …

Renewable Energy

How the World Can Go Carbon-Emission Free: 15 Projects Shaking Up the Energy Industry

Here are the projects and innovations bringing us closer to a green future.

Clean Energy

This CO2 machine could transform the way we fight climate change

We feast on fossil fuels to power our cars, trains, manufacturing plants and cities, but our reliance on them means we continue to flood our atmosphere with carbon dioxide now reaching levels higher than ever before.<p>What if we could directly capture CO2 from the atmosphere and turn that into …

British Columbia

Tesla gets green light to create the world’s largest virtual solar plant in South Australia

The government of South Australia, which changed hands after an election this March, just announced that it would move forward with the previous …

Clean Energy

McDonald’s shareholders will vote today on whether to ban plastic straws

McDonald’s shareholders are casting ballots today on a small change that could have big implications for the environment and investor activism: Whether to ban plastic straws at its restaurants.<p>Specifically, the proposal, introduced by shareholder Keith Schnip, calls on the company to prepare a …

McDonald's

Ofwat sets out agenda of reforms to restore trust - WWT

<b>Ofwat has set out its agenda for rebuilding public trust in the water sector as it continues to push water companies to act in the interests of their</b> …

Gove welcomes Ofwat’s reform proposals

Environment secretary Michael Gove has welcomed Ofwat’s proposed measures to “address concerns” about the financial practices of some water …

Water watchdog OfWat gets punchy as patience with industry pours away

Water companies: You have a regulator after all.<p>OfWat, which had given every impression of being the Office for Doing Not Very Much, has outlined a …

Cayman Islands

Britain to face widespread drought by 2050 unless leaky pipes fixed

Britain’s leaky pipes are threatening to cast large areas of the country into drought, officials have warned.<p>The Environment Agency last night challenged major water companies to improve their infrastructure as it said they were losing the equivalent to 20 million people's water usage every day.<p>In …

Water

Growing resistance to antifungal drugs 'a global issue'

<b>Scientists are warning that levels of resistance to treatments for fungal infections are growing, which could lead to more outbreaks of disease.</b><p>Intensive-care and transplant patients and those with cancer are most at risk because their immune systems cannot fight off the infections.<p>Writing in …

Wet wipes could face wipe-out in plastic clean-up

<b>Wet wipes, used for sticky fingers and removing eye make-up, as well as on other parts of the anatomy, could themselves be wiped out over the next couple of decades.</b><p>The government says its plan to eliminate plastic waste "includes single use products like wet wipes".<p>The wipes contain …

Cheap hydrogen fuel was a failed promise. But its time may have arrived.

Hydrogen fuel cells were supposed to be the next big thing. Their promise peaked during the gas crisis of the 1970s as a clean energy source to power …

Large numbers of English homes face losing water supply because of drought, report warns

Large numbers of households in England could have their water supplies cut off over the next 30 years, a report suggests.<p>The country's homes and …

Water

Amazon's new blockchain service competes with similar products from Oracle and IBM — TechCrunch

Open this story in Apple News.<p>For the best reading experience, open this story on a device with Apple News.. It may also be available on the …

India’s electric vehicle sector is finally sorting out the basics

India’s fledgling electronic vehicle (EV) sector may just have received a shot in the arm from both the government and the private sector.<p>The Narendra Modi government, on April 13, tweaked the licensing policy for EV charging stations, clearing out a major infrastructure hurdle that had held back …

Alternative Fuel

China made solar panels cheap. Now it’s doing the same for electric buses.

Thanks, China.<p>It is now more or less taken for granted that solar panels are getting cheaper and cheaper. But that didn’t just happen — solar PV did not jump onto that trajectory on its own. After all, solar panels have been around for decades, but they didn’t really start plunging down the cost …

Volvo’s first-ever all-electric truck mutes deliveries and trash collection

Wouldn’t it be nice to not be woken up an hour earlier than intended by a smelly and noisy, diesel-powered garbage truck in the wee hours of the …

Volvo

The 6 most pressing environmental issues—and what you can do to help solve them

More than four decades after the first Earth Day, there are still many environmental concerns for communities around the world to address; perhaps …

Sustainability

NHS returns to china cups and saucers in war on disposable cups

Hospitals are bringing back china crockery as an investigation reveals the NHS has used more than 600 million disposable cups in the last five years.<p>The findings follow warnings from the chief medical officer that the NHS is a “significant polluter” creating “huge amounts” of waste that is …

Medical Technology

Map records UK's small ups and downs

The map was produced from over 8 terabytes of radar data<p><b>The subtle warping of the land surface across the entire UK has been mapped in detail for the first time.</b><p>This view of changing topography was built from more than 2,000 radar images acquired by the European Union's Sentinel-1 satellites.<p>It …

These startups are turning CO2 pollution into something useful

To address climate change, the 2016 Paris Agreement saw 194 states and the European Union agree to limit the rise in global temperature to below two …

California’s snow drought is a recipe for danger

Scant snowfall is fueling drought, floods, wildfires and mudslides.<p>California is likely facing another year of water woes. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which supplies up to a third of California’s water, is exceptionally meager this year. Experts found around half as much snow on the mountains as …

Iceland to be first UK supermarket to cut palm oil from own-brand products

Iceland is to become the first major UK supermarket to pledge to remove palm oil from all its own-brand foods, in a bid to halt the ongoing destruction of tropical rainforests in south-east Asia.<p>The frozen food specialist will reveal on Tuesday that the controversial ingredient has already been …

Palm Oil

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Microbiology

Apple is now completely powered with renewable energy, company announces after green push

Apple is now run completely on green energy, it has said.<p>The achievement covers all the different parts of Apple's operations: its shops, offices and …

Renewable Energy

Plastic bag litter falls in UK seas

<b>A study of litter in UK seas shows the number of plastic bags has fallen, amid a rise in other types of plastic rubbish.</b><p>The authors say this could be due to several things - the introduction of charges for plastic bags across Europe, manufacturing changes and shifts in ocean dynamics.<p>The research …

Plastic: WHO launches health review

<b>The World Health Organization is to launch a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water.</b><p>It will assess the latest research into the spread and impact of so-called microplastics - particles that are small enough to be ingested.<p>It comes after journalism organisation Orb Media found …

Plastic particles found in bottled water

<b>Tests on major brands of bottled water have found that nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic.</b><p>In the largest investigation of its kind, 250 bottles bought in nine different countries were examined.<p>Research led by journalism organisation Orb Media discovered an average of 10 plastic …

The world’s first blockchain-supported elections just happened in Sierra Leone

<i>Corrected: This story was updated to clarify the extent to which blockchain was used in the election.</i><p><b>Read next:</b> <b>Sierra Leone’s electoral commission is pushing back on reports that blockchain powered its election</b><p>On Mar. 7, elections in Sierra Leone marked a global landmark: presidential elections …

Disease

London 'could face mass water shortage by 2040 if ancient pipes are not replaced'

London could face a mass water shortage by 2040 if drastic action is not taken to fix ancient pipes as authorities warned supply is set to reach …