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Germany Sets a Record, Producing 35 Percent of Its Electricity With Renewables

More than a third of Germany’s electricity this year has come from wind, solar, biomass and hydro—but the country still has a long way to go when it comes to clean energy.

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California Leads the Way in Solar Power

The Golden State now generates so much solar power that sometimes the price of electricity turns negative.

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Our Digital Devices Are Putting a Strain on the Climate

Growing reliance on smart technologies is leading to a rapid rise in electricity demand that will push up carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE



China Can Harness the Winds of Change

Strategically siting wind turbines where their energy can most easily be fed into the national grid could help meet over a quarter of China’s massive electricity demand.

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Today’s Top Wind Energy Stories: Cost Down 60 Percent Since 2009 (Video)

In the United States, the cost of wind-generated electricity is down 66 percent since 2009, and there are now 50,000 wind turbines, generating enough electricity to power 19 million homes.

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More Droughts May Mean Less Electrical Power

Rising temperatures and reduced rainfall will make the flow of rivers less dependable, affecting supplies to the electricity generators that rely on them.

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Thinking Beyond the Age of Fire

Human society without fire is unthinkable. But a new book says we need to think of a world where fire gives way to electricity.

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Uruguay Now Gets Nearly 95 Percent of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Less than 10 years after instituting a new energy policy, the country has slashed its carbon footprint without government subsidies or higher consumer costs, reports the country’s head of climate change policy.

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Here’s How We Know Cheap Renewable Energy Is Taking the World by Storm (Video)

The Paris-based International Energy Agency estimates that in just five years, by 2020, slightly over one quarter (26 percent) of all the electricity being generated in the world will come from renewables.

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Spain Could Be First Net Carbon Zero G-20 State (Video)

CleanTechnica reports that Spain got nearly 70 percent of its electricity from plants that did not generate carbon dioxide in March. The two biggest non-carbon energy sources were nuclear and wind.

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Here Are 5 Countries Where Solar Power Is Making a Revolution

Ironically, developing countries of the global south who don’t have enough electricity can leapfrog conventional power and go straight to solar and wind.

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Think You Need 8 Straight Hours of Sleep? Think Again

AlterNet’s Lynn Stuart Parramore said a BBC article published last year called “The Myth of the Eight-Hour Sleep” “has permanently altered the way I think about sleep,” and talks about the changes she’s made to her resting habits.

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Making Solar Power While the Sun Shines

New solar power installations are surging, but a tax rebate that has helped propel them will decrease in 2016. That raises a related question: Why isn’t solar power required in all new building construction?

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Yosemite Blaze Moves Toward San Francisco Utilities

A wildfire burning out of control at the edge of Yosemite National Park is threatening power and water service to the city, prompting California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

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How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

There is no debate on climate change in Germany, where architects of the clean energy movement estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of the country’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.

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The Power Behind a Clean Energy Future

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Why a battery breakthrough is the key to our clean energy future; how boosting the minimum wage could lift the economy; we check in with immigration; and Robert Scheer talks about the sinful love between the tea party and Goldman Sachs. Also: On the ground in Gaza.

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The Power Behind a Clean Energy Future

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Why a battery breakthrough is the key to clean energy; how boosting the minimum wage could lift the economy; we check in with immigration; and Robert Scheer talks about the sinful love between the tea party and Goldman Sachs. Also: On the ground in Gaza. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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China Can’t Wait to Get Back to Nuclear Power

While Japan is busy trying to keep babies from drinking irradiated water, officials in nearby China are getting ready to roll out a reactor they say is more advanced and safer than the one currently poisoning Tokyo’s water supply.

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Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated

The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency is casting doubt on the assumption that gas offers a quick and easy solution to climate change.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



Open Call: Obama’s Town Hall

The casting call for Obama’s town hall, dealing with the media’s masturbation shame, and what Stephen Hawking has to say about God.

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A Little Missed Sunshine

When first lady Michelle Obama started an organic garden at the White House, she sparked a national discussion on food, obesity, health and sustainability. But the green action on the White House lawn hasn’t made it to the White House roof, unfortunately.

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China Now Consumes More Energy Than Anyone Else

The United States’ century-long reign as the world’s greediest energy nation is over. China has usurped the throne, as expected, though Beijing reportedly disputes the title. The International Energy Agency, which keeps track of these things, also points out that China’s per capita consumption is below the global average and far less than the U.S.’

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE



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How Clean Are Electric Cars? Depends on the State

With high-profile deals, expanding infrastructure and a growing list of models, the electric car is finally arriving, but, as they say, your mileage may vary. Charge that Tesla Roadster in Georgia, where they burn coal to power the grid, and you may as well be driving a Prius.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


Putting the ‘I’ in Environment

While British Petroleum and federal regulators are certainly at fault for their reckless behavior, every American who uses oil—which is to say every American—is incriminated in this ecological holocaust.

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Arizona vs. Los Angeles, Round Two

An Arizona utility official has responded to Los Angeles’ high-profile boycott of his state by threatening to starve L.A. of electrical power generated in Arizona. L.A. officials quickly fired back by pointing out that while the city gets about 25 percent of its power from plants in Arizona, it partly owns those facilities.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Nationalization Becomes Electric

President Evo Morales is pressing forward with his nationalization program in Bolivia, seizing four private electric companies Saturday morning. The government now controls 80 percent of the country’s power generation.

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Wind Farmers Head Out to Sea

You’ve heard of offshore oil drilling, how about offshore wind farming? The first offshore wind project has been approved to be built five miles off the Massachusetts coast over the objections of Cape Cod residents and vacationers who worry it might disturb their view. The $1 billion project could power 400,000 houses.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


Clean Coal, ‘Dirty Business’

A new documentary investigates the “true social and environmental costs of coal power” and debunks the myth of clean coal. America and China both use much of the world’s energy and have much of its coal. This fight is only going to heat up. Check out extensive clips after the jump.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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China Is Beating the Pants Off the U.S. in Clean Energy

China invested nearly twice as much money—$34.6 billion—in clean energy projects in 2009 as the United States. The ecological impact of China’s economic boom could be a factor, but so could ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE



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The Prince of Tides

Hoping to become the “Saudi Arabia of tidal energy,” the Scottish government is offering 10 million pounds to spur innovation in wave power. Some say the incentive is unnecessary, since private companies are already racing to figure out the best way to generate electricity from the ocean.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


A Power Plant for the Backyard

The impresario behind this newfangled clean-energy box sees one of his mini power plants in every home, but it’s not clear if the little miracles even work.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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New Kind of Power Plant Gets Energy From Salt Water

A Norwegian company thinks it can squeeze enough electricity out of the natural phenomenon of osmosis to power China. Right now the company’s plant can barely heat a tea kettle, but officials hope to power a village in a few years, and a lot more after that.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE



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The Dark Side of Green Energy

Renewable energy projects are sprouting up across the country, much to the delight of environmentalists. Or is it? Green power, it turns out, is very thirsty. Developers are requesting billions of gallons of water annually to cool, cleanse and maintain their solar farms and other projects—billions more than we may have.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE



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Brown Is the New Green in Trendy Los Angeles

It takes a lot of someone else’s water to keep L.A.’s palm trees growing and its Jacuzzis bubbling, but Angelenos are defying their moochy reputation and conserving like nobody’s business. The city’s mayor thanked his citizens for their double-digit cuts in water and power consumption last month—in the thick of summer no less. Update

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE



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The Electricity in Your Garbage

With biomass pioneers advancing their technology, the smelly stuff that you throw away today may be providing electricity for your home tomorrow.

Posted on Aug 2, 2009 READ MORE



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Die Hard 5: Real Life

Hollywood has given us many a laptop-wielding hacker who causes explosions, blackouts and mayhem with a few malicious keystrokes, but such scenarios may not be confined to preposterous action flicks anymore. The Wall Street Journal reports that cyberspies from China and Russia have infiltrated the U.S. electrical grid, mapped it and left a little something behind.

Posted on Apr 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Iraq Awards Iran Contracts, U.S. Sulks

Determined to show just how adolescent they can be, U.S. representatives in Baghdad have expressed dissatisfaction and suspicion over a pair of power plants that Iranian and Chinese companies plan to build in Iraq. One American military official described the contracts this way: “As you know, it’s not always as it appears.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


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