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Huge North Dakota oil spill went unreported by furloughed feds

A farmer discovered a huge oil spill — several times bigger than the recent Mayflower, Ark., spill — nearly two weeks ago in North Dakota. But …

Oil & Gas Industry

Tar-sands waste going to fuel dirty power plants in China

As cheap tar-sands oil flows through America’s refineries, the dusty byproduct — known as petroleum coke, or “petcoke” — is piling up throughout the …

Fossil Fuels

America May Be an Energy Hog—But It’s Not as Bad as You Think

Which energy source has had the biggest impact on meeting America’s energy needs over the past 40 years?<p>It’s not coal. It’s not oil. Not wind or …

Fossil Fuels

Why Charles Darwin Would Love Distributed Energy

If you're getting the sense that the world of energy is in for some dramatic changes, the number crunchers have some data to back up your hunch.<p>Three …

Natural Gas

Court’s EPA move puts smiles on green faces

If you saw this headline in <i>The New York Times</i> — “Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to E.P.A. Rules on Gas Emissions” — you were probably worried. The …

Fossil Fuels

3 New Community-Funded Solar Projects Go On-Line in Colorado

Clean Energy Collective has just completed three new community solar projects, bringing added momentum to an emerging business model that could …

Solar Power

3 Reasons Germans Are Kicking Ass & Taking Names With Renewable Energy

<b>Published on</b> October 23rd, 2013 | <i>by John Farrell</i><p>51<p>October 23rd, 2013 by <b>John Farrell</b><p>Germany is racing past 20% renewable energy on its electricity …

The Oil And Gas Industry Wants To Start Fracking At The Source Of D.C.’s Water Supply

GEORGE WASHINGTON NATIONAL FOREST, VIRGINA — Standing at the top of the Staunton Dam in Virginia’s million-acre George Washington National Forest, …

Russia Floats Plan for Nuclear Power Plants at Sea

Arctic oil and gas exploration provides impetus for seaborne stations.<p><b>Back in the early 1970s, U.S. utility companies, frustrated with growing public unease about nuclear power that made it difficult for them to find sites for new plants, came up with a wild brainstorm. Why not put full-sized</b> …

Why cities hold the secret to sustainability

“What unites us on an urban level is more unifying than divisive.” – Paul Hawken<p>If you were to judge solely by the plenary sessions at VERGE SF 2013, …

More Than 15 Million Americans Now Live Within One Mile Of A Fracking Well

The natural gas boom has led to an “unprecedented industrialization” of many Americans’ backyards, an analysis from the Wall Street Journal has found.<p>…

IEA Sees Wind Power Bouncing Back Big

As we reported just yesterday, wind power has hit a bit of a rough patch, with installations in the first half of the year down for the third year in …

Renewable Energy

Graph of the Day: Nuclear prices itself out of market

The extent to which nuclear is being priced out of electricity markets has finally been revealed by the pricing mechanism unveiled by the British …

New “Flexible” Power Plants Sway to Keep Up with Renewables

As the use of renewable power on the electric grid ramps up, utilities are turning to technology that makes it easier for natural gas to smooth out the bumps in supply.<p><b>Shifting rapidly with the weather, the supply of renewable power can be quite changeable. Most power plants, however, are anything</b> …

Peak Coal: Will the US Run Out of Coal in 20 Years or 200 Years?

U.S. coal production has peaked, and the miscalculations that have led to estimates of a 200-year supply could create a serious electricity deficit …

Fossil Fuels

Check out this connected water sensor that makes its own power

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Here’s a nifty project running on Dragon Innovation’s crowd funding platform. Driblet, a Wi-Fi connected water sensor that …

Giant mirrors shed winter sunlight on Norwegian town of Rjukan

Three giant mirrors have been built high on the mountainside above the Norwegian industrial town of Rjukan.<p>They have been erected to shed some sunlight on a town known for its winter darkness. The mirrors have been installed on the mountain wall about 450 metres above the town’s market square.<p>Each …

Energy efficient companies growing in commercial influence

A list of influential companies shows that the world economy is waking up to energy efficiency<p>The new Global Cleantech 100 list of private companies breaking barriers with their clean technology ideas and executions across the worldwide economy finds that energy efficiency companies not only …

Scientists Developed a Silicon Supercapacitor, Phone Batteries Could Last For Weeks

Material scientists at Vanderbilt University have developed a supercapacitor made out of silicon. Previously thought to be kind of a crazy idea, the …

Supercapacitors

Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet

When some future Mars colonist is able to open his browser and watch a cat in a shark suit chasing a duck while riding a roomba, they will have Vint …

The Passivhaus's fabric-first approach to energy efficiency

It may sound – and sometimes look – like a facility for pacifying particularly violent criminals, but Passivhaus is in fact the gold standard for ultra-low energy homes, which is enjoying increasing popularity as heating bills continue to rise at astronomical rates. Developed in Germany in the …

Thorium backed as a 'future fuel'

<b>Nuclear scientists are being urged by the former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix to develop thorium as a new fuel.</b><p>Mr Blix says that the radioactive element may prove much safer in reactors than uranium.<p>It is also more difficult to use thorium for the production of nuclear weapons.<p>His comments will …

Energy

Electronic printable ink developed by scientists

A graphene-based electronic ink that paves the way for wearable, printed electronics and sensors, such as heart monitors, has been developed<p>An electronic ink that can be printed on a laser and then conducts electricity has been developed by scientists.<p>The graphene-based ink was used to make a small …

Yelp vs. Angie's List: A lesson for social media investors

One of the many lessons of investing in social media stocks is this: Companies that create a system in which vast amounts of free content wash around often find themselves awash in money.<p>It's worth thinking about as Twitter Inc. heads for its initial public offering, perhaps as early as this coming …

Data-driven web browsing: Knoema’s new Chrome extension adds a data layer to the web

Tired of hearing about the importance of data analytics? What if tapping into an all new layer of data was as easy as installing a browser extension?<p>Data startup Knoema has come up with a new Chrome browser extension, World Data Finder, that can help users see and start thinking about data right …

Apple Could Read Your iMessages If It Wanted To, Research Firm Claims

Though Apple zealously denies any interest in reading your iMessages, a new report claims the company can easily read your iPhone chats, if it wants to.<p>Security research company Quarkslab on Thursday published a paper detailing just how Apple could go about this. iMessages have end-to-end …

Facebook has mulled opening social network to preteens

Some privacy advocates were rankled when Facebook announced changes to its policies last week that allow teens to post public updates that can be viewed by anyone in the world.<p>But Facebook has contemplated another rule change that could prove even more controversial.<p>Facebook's manager of privacy …

Verizon glitch allowed access to texting data from any number

A rudimentary URL hack may have exposed texting data for tens of millions of Verizon customers, according to a new report from security researcher Prvsec. The vulnerability was reportedly fixed in September, a month after Prvsec privately disclosed it to the carrier, but before it was addressed it …