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Safer Battery Could Spark Investment in Renewables

Researchers have developed a battery that uses a common food additive to enable abundant solar and wind power to be stored cheaply and safely in homes and offices.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

Elephant Grass Could Offer Viable Alternative to Coal

By adapting a tropical grass to grow in the British climate, scientists hope to be able to replace coal in power stations with biofuel.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Efficiency Drive Can Cut a Quarter Off Energy Demand

New research shows that saving the planet from global warming by combining renewables and energy efficiency will also save money and create jobs.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

Clean Energy Plans May Increase Toxins in Plankton

Environmental assessment of a proposed hydroelectric dam in Canada sheds new light on the cause of high levels of a potent neurotoxin in Arctic marine life.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

Solar Power Takes Giant Strides as Prices Fall

Massive solar power stations are being built in the world’s “sun belts”—with the U.S. and India competing to have the largest in the world.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

China’s Carbon Count Is Not as High as Feared

The use of poor-quality coal in Chinese power plants means that the carbon dioxide emissions of the world’s biggest polluter are 10 percent less than previously thought.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE

China’s Bid to Rescue Europe’s Nuclear Industry

The Chinese are planning to come to the aid of a nuclear industry so short of funds that it cannot build any new generating plants without outside help.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Revolutionary Fence Is Set to Trap the Sea’s Power

Innovative turbines designed in the U.K. aim to harness tidal energy to produce cheaper electricity—without endangering marine life.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

Norway Pumps Up ‘Green Battery’ Plan for Europe

Hydraulic engineers in Norway aim to use surplus power from hydropower plants to cut the need for fossil fuel and boost European electricity supplies.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Study Finds the Recession—Not a Decline in Coal Use—Cut U.S. Emissions

Researchers say it was the economy, rather than the replacement of coal by natural gas, that drove the recent drop in U.S. emissions of the main greenhouse gas.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

Investors Chip In as Renewables Rise Toward Record Level

Global energy has gotten a climate-friendly boost as scientists say solar power alone could now meet the needs of California five times over.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE

Water Crisis Pushes Brazil Toward Solar Power at Last

Without water to feed its hydroelectric dams, drought-hit Brazil is turning to the solar energy source once dubbed a fantasy by the country’s president.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE

Changing Climate Causes Weather Chaos in Chile

What is being described as an environmental catastrophe is hitting Chile as torrential rains batter the north while the south suffers prolonged drought and wildfires.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

Old King Coal Is Sick—but Not Yet Dying

The building of coal-fired power stations across much of the world is declining, but the trend is not enough to avert the risk of climate change reaching dangerous levels.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

Serious Doubts Over Europe’s Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Target

Europe has made substantial progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but its long-term reduction aims look unachievable, says a new report.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

New Ideas Give an Energy Boost to Wave Power

Scientists and engineers in Scandinavia reveal plans to harness the huge potential of waves to produce commercially viable renewable energy.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE

Asia Moves Into the Forefront of Solar Revolution

China has now overtaken the European Union as the largest new market for solar power as the industry becomes one of the fastest growing in the world.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE

Social Conscience Is Key to Cutting Household Energy

Researchers in Los Angeles find that advertising the prospect of saving money is not the most powerful way to persuade people to reduce the electricity they use.

Posted on Jan 25, 2015 READ MORE

No Prospect of Relief From Constant Nuclear Headache

Keeping nuclear waste safe costs billions of dollars a year, but what to do with it in the long-term is still no nearer being resolved.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE

Coal Casts Cloud Over Germany’s Energy Revolution

Germany cut emissions and boosted renewables last year, but critics say CO2 reduction targets can’t be met unless it closes coal-burning power stations.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE

Nuclear Dream Is Fading as Wind and Solar Soar

Governments are still spending billions on nuclear research, but it looks to be an unhappy new year for the industry as it continues to shrink while renewables grow.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE

Investment Falters as Fossil Fuels Face ‘Perfect Storm’

Increasing oil production but falling demand is creating big problems for the fossil fuel industry as some investors are now turning away from the sector.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE

Scientists Hammer Out Warning on Climate Change Risks

A group of international experts says time is rapidly running out to take serious steps to avert the impact of global warming by prioritizing a switch to clean energy systems.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE

Europe’s Nuclear Giants Are Close to Collapse

Doubts that the biggest construction project in Europe will get the final go-ahead from the UK government leave the European nuclear industry facing a struggle for survival.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE

A Wrench Thrown Into Coal’s Publicity Machine

An Australian think tank’s data challenges coal industry claims that it drives economic growth, is a key element of alleviating “energy poverty” worldwide and improves quality of life.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE

India Set to Defy Warnings on Coal’s Climate Impact

While even China, the world’s leading coal producer, begins to recognise the fuel’s serious polluting effects, India has announced it aims to double production to meet soaring energy demands.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE

EU Plans Power Supergrid to Boost Renewables

The European Union, nervous about Russia cutting off gas supplies and keen to cut emissions by developing renewable energy sources, aims to link all its 28 member states to one electricity grid.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

Global Hydropower Boom Threatens Rivers Worldwide

Scientists predict a doubling in production of renewable energy from hydropower over the next 20 years, but building new dams will have a damaging effect on some of the world’s major rivers.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE

Fracking Fuels Conflict Over Water Resources

Limited water supplies near the richest oil and gas reserves accessible through fracking threaten to create tensions that could block future projects using the controversial extraction process.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE

China May Be Ready to Kick Coal Habit

Signs are hopeful that China, the world’s No.1 emitter of greenhouse gases, aims to become less reliant on the polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE

Plan to Make Renewables Cheaper Than Coal Within 10 Years

Plans for an international effort to make solar power cheaper than coal within 10 years are to be unveiled at the U.N. secretary-general’s climate summit in New York this month.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE

Committed Carbon Emissions Are Rising Fast

The world’s governments agree that carbon dioxide emissions need to stop rising, but the power plants they build are committing the planet to big emission increases ahead.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE

Politicians Ignore People’s Power Pleas

Consumers worldwide increasingly want renewable energy sources to provide their electricity, yet many governments are ignoring them by continuing to exploit fossil fuels.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE

Hydropower Illuminates a Piece of History

A British conservation charity has turned to technology thousands of years old—the Archimedes screw—to provide electricity for lighting one of the historic mansion houses it looks after.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE

Boom-or-Doom Riddle for Nuclear Industry

The nuclear industry remains remarkably optimistic about its future, despite evidence that it is a shrinking source of power as renewables increasingly compete to fill the energy gap.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE

Waste Problems Still Haunt Nuclear Option

The recent closure of five U.S. nuclear power stations is forcing the industry—seen as one of the possible solutions to climate change—to face up at last to the damaging legacy of how to deal with radioactive waste.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE

U.K. Doctors Vote to End Fossil Fuels Funding

The influential British Medical Association has sent out a strong message about climate change by voting to withdraw its funds from the fossil fuel industry and to support renewable energy instead.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

Campaigners Spy Signs of Concern Among Frackers

U.K. Green Party MP Caroline Lucas asks if the NATO general secretary really believes Russia is secretly the puppet master behind efforts to stop shale gas extraction in Europe, or if anti-fracking campaigns are just becoming more effective.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE

Fracking Boom Threatens U.S. Water Supplies

Widespread fracking for oil or gas may have transformed the U.S. energy market, but campaigners warn that the boom is seriously depleting or contaminating vital water supplies.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE

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