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30 Things About Life Everyone Should Learn Before Turning 30

This is the first big milestone.<p>Life is full of lessons. Some lessons are learned in an instant--like when you touch a hot stove. Others take time to fully understand--for example, what it truly means to be in love. But regardless of the size of the lesson, there are 30 important ones everyone …

Self-improvement

If wind and solar power are cheaper and quicker, do we really need Hinkley Point?

Nuclear energy’s cost, and a focus on alternative technology, including research on a new generation of hi-tech battery storage, is leading observers outside the green lobby to question the project’s value<p>Should Theresa May take the axe to the troubled Hinkley Point nuclear project, it will propel …

The World’s Most Energy Efficient and Inefficient Nations

While overall there is a global combination of effort being made as we race against time in trying to save the planet, some countries contribute much …

European wind energy is now cheaper than nuclear power

Wind energy has officially overtaken nuclear power as the most affordable energy option – at least in countries surrounding the North Sea. In nearby …

9 signs you're successful — even if it doesn't feel like it

We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won't admit it — other than the guy with the 'He who dies with the most toys wins' bumper sticker — in the back of our minds, we equate material possessions with success.<p>It's a shame we fall prey to materialistic thinking because …

Beyond Double Pane: New Energy Efficient Glass Technology

Image Source<p>Keeping your home or business building in the ideal temperature range year-round takes a lot of energy. Maintaining a recommended 78°F in summer (26° Celsius) and<p>68° in winter (20° Celsius) requires either an enormous amount of heating and cooling or outstanding insulation. Ideally, a …

Britain faces new risks in Europe interconnector plans | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British plans for more power links with Europe to avert a looming electricity shortfall could be hindered if the country no longer has a say in European Union regulation of networks and power trading.<p>A transmission tower, also known as an electricity pylon is seen near …

Here Is Why Google Is Buying a Crazy Amount of Clean Energy

Google just closed on a deal to buy a significant amount of clean energy from two new wind farms that will be built in Norway and Sweden to help …

8 weight-loss routines to get your body fat under 10%

Now that you’ve made some headway in the gym, you want to start honing in on the details, like dropping your body fat percentage. How hard could it …

German cabinet puts brakes on clean energy transition

The German government has agreed on a new reform of electricity markets. It's likely to slow down the transition to a clean energy future, removing …

Apple is making so much clean energy, it formed a new company to sell it

Apple has created a subsidiary to sell the excess electricity generated by its hundreds of megawatts of solar projects. The company, called Apple Energy LLC, filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to sell power on wholesale markets across the US.<p>The company has announced …

Why the U.S. Solar Market Is Set to Nearly Double in 2016

The U.S. solar energy market will nearly double new installations this year to 14.5 gigawatts, led by utility projects that developers scrambled to …

Converting solar energy into chemical energy like nature does

Trees, shrubs, grasses and algae have been using photosynthesis since time immemorial. To do this, they create the natural pigment chlorophyll in …

Natural Gas

The world's 15 most peaceful countries – which nation has been number one for seven years?

6 Ways To Wake Up Early Without Feeling Tired

Whenever the concept of sleep is discussed, there is common perception that we should rest for between six and eight hours every single night. While …

How to do the most work in the shortest time

We are designed by evolution to be busy. That’s OK for the caveman, who needs to feed himself; not OK for you in the 21st-century when you have to deal with an ever-growing range of tempting distractions. Which is why it is so baffling that Paris has been identified as the city with the shortest …

Time Management

BBC spin hides the great solar energy fiasco

Much excitement from the BBC last week over a report from a body called REN21 – with the headline on its website “Renewable energy surge reaches record levels round the world”. Global spending on renewables, it trumpeted, last year soared to £200 billion, bringing total investment in the past six …

Harvard scientists created a 'bionic leaf' that's better at converting the sun's energy than real plants

Researchers at Harvard University have created a system that allows them to store the energy of the sun, converting solar energy into chemical energy using a hybrid mechanism of inorganic chemistry and living organisms.<p>Comparing their invention with the natural process of photosynthesis, they refer …

The future of energy in 4 charts

It's not just climate change that's spurring countries around the world to reassess their energy infrastructure.<p>As a new World Energy Council report …

Scientists Are About to Turn on a System That Converts Atmospheric CO2 Into Fuel

This sucks in all the right ways.<p>Most of the strategies we hear about when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions involve figuring out ways to …

Hydroelectric Power

8 Tiny Habits That Will Make You Happier

Sometimes the tiniest habits make the biggest difference.<p>Everything around us is changing at warp speed, it seems--but some things will always remain the same. That's why habits are so powerful. Some of the smallest of our daily habits have the power to always give us happiness and help steer us …

Happiness

This New York Project Fuses Energy Microgrids With Blockchain Technology

A microgrid using TransActive Grid’s model could let you directly sell energy generated from your rooftop solar panels to your neighbor.<p>If in the future you find yourself selling your excess solar panel energy to your neighbor via secure blockchain, you’ll have one startup’s actions on President …

Renewable Energy

Sights and Bites: What to Eat While Touring London, England

With a cultural map in one hand and a culinary compass in the other, savor the treasured sights, then seek the nearby local bites.<p>Even though it’s hard to walk far in London without encountering a buttress, tower, or wall aimed at keeping foreign invaders out, the largest city in Britain has since …

What is holding back the growth of solar power?

Solar sector needs better power storage, grid infrastructure and government support to meet bullish growth predictions<p>Sixty years ago, the price of solar panels was astronomical. At a cost of $1,910 (£1,350) per watt in today’s money, the only practical use for them was in space on the US Vanguard …

Solar Panels

The best thing a business could do for the environment is shut down

... of course, they’re not going to do that. So how do managers balance their climate change fears and the reality of the business world?<p>Earlier this week Tim Sanderson, a former executive of the fossil fuel giant BP, wrote about the pride he felt for his daughter after her involvement in a climate …

Climate

Japan begins work on 'world's largest' floating solar farm

Electronics firm builds floating solar farm on a reservoir due to a scarcity of land for utility-scale solar in Japan<p>The Japanese electronics multinational Kyocera has begun work on what it says will be the world’s biggest floating solar farm.<p>The power plant is being built on a reservoir in Japan’s …

Renewable Energy

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER: 'I'm moving in with my partner — what should we talk about?'

<i>I am about to move in with my significant other and we've been having a lot of frank conversations about money. Do you have any topics you'd recommend we discuss?</i><p>Congrats on making a big decision to move in with your significant other! It's wonderful that you and your partner are having open …

Vermont solar growth slowed for now as utilities hit limit

RICHMOND, Vt. (AP) — Less than two years after Vermont almost quadrupled the amount of renewable electricity that homeowners and small businesses can …

Only America can save the oil market

Between Wednesday and Friday oil prices rocketed nearly 25%.<p>But to put this rally into perspective, oil prices are down about 70% from their June 2014 peak.<p>A rally was inevitable, but the long-term outlook for prices remains depressed. And the US is the only thing that can change that.<p>Here's Citi's …