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Wind Turbines May Lure Bats Into Fatal Errors

Hi-tech thermal surveillance techniques have enabled U.S. researchers to home in on the likelihood that mistaking wind turbines for trees may be the cause of many bat deaths.

Posted on Oct 12, 2014 READ MORE



World of Clean Energy ‘Feasible’ by Mid-Century

International researchers, in what they believe is the most comprehensive global assessment of clean energy’s potential, report that a low-carbon system could supply the world’s electricity needs by 2050.

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Investor Heavyweights Call for Clear Action on Climate

As a major U.N. climate summit got underway in New York on Tuesday, some of the world’s biggest institutional investors demanded clearer policies on climate change and the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies.

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Giant ‘Battery’ Ensures Renewable Energy Supply

Scandinavian researchers say they have devised a scheme to link wind and hydropower in a unified system that would ensure a constant energy supply.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Linked Renewable Power Systems Can Avoid Blackouts

Critics of renewable energy have always claimed that sun and wind are only intermittent producers and that back-up fossil fuel plants are needed to make them viable. But German engineers have proven otherwise.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Wind Power ‘May Be Less Than Thought’

There may be limits to how far society can rely on wind power to replace fossil fuels, scientists say—limits imposed by the effect of numbers of turbines sited close together.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Google Bets on California Wind Power

Google is investing $55 million in the Alta Wind Energy Center, one of the largest wind farms in the world, a move expected to help California reclaim its status as a leader in the industry.

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE


Is America Too Corrupt to Keep Up?

As “Buy China” policies now economically supercharge the world’s most populous nation, the White House and congressional Republicans have opposed many of the very “Buy America” proposals that might help us keep up—and that obstruction has come at a steep price.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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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



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There’s Gold in Them Waves

President Obama outlined a plan on Earth Day to lease federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf for wind and tidal power projects. Speaking at a turbine factory, Obama said wind could generate 20 percent of the nation’s electricity.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Al Gore Back With a Plan

Former Vice President and presidential hopeful Al Gore seized upon the “change” theme that Barack Obama so successfully rode to victory in this year’s election to remind readers of Sunday’s New York Times that there’s one kind of change we don’t need: climate change.

Posted on Nov 8, 2008 READ MORE


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