Raphael Schaad

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For First Time Since 1800s, Britain Goes a Day Without Burning Coal for Electricity

LONDON — Friday was the first full day since the height of the Industrial Revolution that Britain did not burn coal to generate electricity, a development that officials and climate change activists celebrated as a watershed moment.<p>The accomplishment became official just before 11 p.m., when the …



California is getting so much power from solar that wholesale electricity prices are turning negative

The extraordinary success of solar power in some pockets of the world that combine sunshine with high investment in the technology mean that governments and energy companies are having radically to rethink the way they manage—and charge for—electricity.<p>California is one such a place.<p>On March 11, it …

Renewable Energy

This giant warehouse farm says it can grow 100 times more greens per square foot than traditional farms

For centuries, American farmers have grown produce with soil, sunlight, and water.<p>A new farm, called Bowery, says it has found a much more efficient place to grow: inside a giant warehouse in Kearny, New Jersey.<p>Located about 15 miles outside New York City, Bowery estimates it has the capacity to …


Oil giant Shell warns public faith in fossil fuel industry is 'disappearing' and calls for carbon taxes

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is to increase its spending on renewable energy to $1bn (£800m) a year, its chief executive announced as he warned the …


The double-arched stone bridge Ponte dei Salti crosses the Verzasca river next to the small town Lavertezzo

The double-arched stone bridge Ponte dei Salti crosses the Verzasca river next to the small town Lavertezzo. Past the big dam, deep in the Verzasca valley in the Italian-speaking canton Ticino, the bridge allows farmers to cross the river with their mules. It is often referred to as Roman bridge, but only dates back to the 17. century. In the summertime, locals and tourists alike jump the 14 meters off the bridge into the green water for a refreshing swim.

A world turned upside down

FROM his office window, Philipp Schröder points out over the Bavarian countryside and issues a Bond villain’s laugh: “In front of you, you can see …

Renewable Energy

When Sea Levels Attack! — Information is Beautiful

Sign up for more<p>Be the first to know about any new visualizations:<p>Sources<p>IPCC, NASA, Realclimate.org, NewScientist.com, Potsdam Institute, Sea Level …

Climate Change


The view just 10 feet beyond the "Please pick up your shells." sign.

Siemens' £310m Hull plant will take windfarm technology to new level

Greg Clark welcomes 700-job factory, which will produce hundreds of 75m-long blades a year for a new generation of offshore windfarms<p>The first batch of 75-metre-long wind turbine blades will roll out of a new factory in Hull on Thursday, destined for huge windfarms off the UK’s coast.<p>The …

Wind Power


James Turrell's Latest Skyspace Now Open to the Public in Tempe

photo by Claire Lawton<p>Turrell's work relies on light and environment. His series of "skyspace" installations (including the Knight Rise at Scottsdale …


Wave Energy Converter Prize is Awarded to AquaHarmonics

The recent announcement of the recipient of the Wave Energy Prize marks another step toward global disruption of the reliance on fossil fuelsWave …


National Geographic will stream DiCaprio's climate change doc film for free

Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio has recently devoted himself to raising awareness of the negative effects of climate change and his new environmental documentary <i>Before the Flood</i> will soon be on National Geographic.<p>The eco-flick is slated to premiere on National Geographic on October 30 and …



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Helsinki is Building Finland's Longest Bridge System—and It'll be Off-Limits to Cars

Public streetcars, pedestrians and cyclists only<p>In a symbol of their commitment to environmentally-friendly means of transportation, the Helsinki …


Solar panels surpass coal-fired electricity in previously ‘unthinkable’ feat

Solar panels generated more electricity than coal in the past six months in a historic year for getting energy from the sun in the UK, according to a …

Renewable Energy

New Wind Turbines Could Power Japan for 50 Years After a Single Typhoon

Typhoons are generally associated with mass destruction, but a Japanese engineer has developed a wind turbine that can harness the tremendous power …

Renewable Energy