Poor Nations Go for Solar, Wind at Twice the Pace of Rich Ones
A study of 55 nations — including China, Brazil, S. Africa, Uruguay and Kenya — found that they’ve installed a combined 142 gigawatts from 2008 to 2013. The 143 percent growth in renewables in those markets compares with an 84 percent rate in wealthier MORE added: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
How can we get power to the poor without frying the planet?
According to the World Health Organization, solid-fuel indoor cooking kills about 4 million people a year. This exclusion of a third of humanity from the benefits of modern life ought to be seen as both a tragedy and a crisis. MORE added: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Will falling gas prices be bad for the climate?
Oil prices are dropping, & while that might seem like good news for drivers, it could be bad news for our climate. “Lower oil prices could pose a challenge for the transition to post-carbon sustainability,” says Anthony Perl, a professor at Simon Fraser MORE added: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
From Ashes to Energy: $1 Billion Alevo Battery Factory Surges On the Scene
Taking over an old cigarette factory in North Carolina, Alevo announces new battery technology and 3.5 million square feet of factory space to make its new GridBank batteries in. MORE added: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
How the Right Kind of Electric Utility Can Increase Solar Energy and Jobs
You expect to hear solar electricity success stories from places like Austin and Sacramento, but San Antonio? San Antonio's municipal electric utility was seriously considering expanding a nuclear power plant. MORE added: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
High cost jobs - every job at a rebuilt Darlington Nuclear Plant will cost taxpayers somewhere between $5.8 and $14.4 million per job compared to cost per job secured at Ford was $25,000.
The cost to Ontario taxpayers of creating jobs at Darlington will be 232 to 576 times more expensive than creating jobs at the Ford plant. Clearly, when it comes to using tax dollars to create jobs, nuclear is a costly way to achieve results. MORE added: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
EU Leaders Agree To Tough Carbon Regulations to Spur Renewable Energy Development and Fight Climate Change
Hoping to put more pressure on major emitters like China and the US, EU leaders step up carbon regulations in advance of December climate talks. MORE added: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
US DOE Invests Millions More In Cost-Cutting Solar R&D
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $53 million for 40 research and development (R&D) projects that aim to drive down the cost of solar energy - a collaborative effort to make solar fully cost-competitive with traditional energy MORE added: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
This week in Clean Energy Review, the heat of the earth's crust reduces energy poverty in Kenya, U.S. utilities seek a piece of the rooftop solar pie, & shhh.. only wonks know how effective the best climate & energy policies are, & let's keep it that way
Join us this Wednesday for The Great Sell-Off? Fossil Fuel Divestment and the Global Energy Revolution, featuring Justin Rockefeller, trustee with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and David Richardson, North America head of business development for Impax MORE added: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
LRT began in Galt and Preston in 1894
When it comes to the matter of light rail transit in Waterloo Region, we are justified in saying: been there, done that. MORE added: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
11 scary movies that are secretly about the environment
Few genres are as loaded with subtext as horror — Why not climate change and the environment? Here are some of our favorite films you may not have realized are actually horrifying environmental parables. MORE added: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Line 9 reversal halted due to danger to rivers and lakes
The National Energy Board (NEB) has rejected Enbridge’s request for permission to restart its Line 9 pipeline until further notice.It turns out that Enbridge has failed to meet one of the most important & basic safety requirements – providing proof MORE added: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Fusion won’t save us from climate change - check out why!
So, the challenge, for those betting on new technology to get us out of this climate mess, is that within 35 years, we need a new zero-carbon technology to come out of the lab, become commercially available, and for the world to adopt its use right away. MORE added: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Community Solar Allows Utilities to Adapt, Thrive as Energy Landscape Evolves
Adaptability is the key to survival — both in nature as Charles Darwin observed, & in the business sector. As the solar industry continues to flourish, utility companies across the U.S. are beginning to witness how the traditional electric grid is trans MORE added: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
The Next Revolution: Discarding Dangerous Fossil Fuel Accounting Practices
The green revolution &, in particular, renewable energy products such as solar power, wind turbines, geothermal and algae-based fuels are not waiting for viable technology — it already exists in many forms. What they are waiting for is a massive sea cha MORE added: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Clean-tech is good for the economy and environment
What's the fastest-growing sector in Canada's economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied na MORE added: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Technology has blindsided oil states - i.e. U.S. fracking, and for the future, 'it would be entirely appropriate to celebrate the news that other new technologies may open up a better escape route from fossil fuels.'
American production has almost doubled in the past five years thanks to the new drilling technologies, and the U.S. overtook Russia last year to become the world's largest producer of oil and gas combined. (Saudi Arabia comes a distant third.) MORE added: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
New Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Fracking Moratorium — And Clean Energy
The results were overwhelming: Nearly 8 in 10 New Yorkers support the moratorium, and support crosses geographical, ideological and racial divides. At the same time, respondents showed tremendous support for renewable energy. MORE added: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Rooftop solar is just the beginning; utilities must innovate or go extinct - US
By now, most people are aware that solar power — particularly distributed solar power, in the form of rooftop panels — poses a threat to power utilities. And utilities are fighting back, attempting to impose additional fees and restrictions on solar cust MORE added: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Will South Florida be the shortest-lived state in the union?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates sea-level rise to be between 1.7 and 3.2 feet before 2100, climate scientists have actually estimated the figures to be closer to 2.3 to 4 feet — and 6.5 to 9.8 feet by the year 2300. Bad news! MORE added: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014