Earth Day 2014: Celebrating the Built Environment

Can cities really be “green?” They have to, if we are to build a sustainable society. The role of the “built environment” is the theme of Earth Day 2014.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on April 14th, 2014
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Almost half of new electricity is now clean and green

Originally Published by New Scientist - That's a lot of clean power. Almost half of new electricity generation is now renewable, and the costs of wind and solar power are falling sharply. It "should give governments confidence to forge a robust climate agreement" next year, says Achim Steiner, director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Posted on April 7th, 2014

Satellites Could Beam Solar Power From Space Down to Earth, Navy Says

Originally Published by Yale 360 - Researchers from the U.S. military are developing technology that would harvest solar energy in space and beam it down to Earth, according to the Naval Research Laboratory.

Posted on April 4th, 2014

A battery that ‘breathes’ could power next-gen electric vehicles

Originally Published by Eureka Alert- Sales of electric vehicles nearly doubled in 2013, but most won't take you farther than 100 miles on one charge. To boost their range toward a tantalizing 300 miles or more, researchers are reporting progress on a "breathing" battery that has the potential to one day replace the lithium-ion technology of today's EVs. They presented their work at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Posted on March 16th, 2014

Do You Live Within 50 Miles of a Nuclear Power Plant?

Originally Published by Esri- Esri interactive map tells you exactly how far you live from a nuclear reactor.

Posted on March 14th, 2014

Pioneering $5bn project tests ‘clean coal’ technology

Originally Published by The Guardian - Farming is obscure and cooking has become a spectator sport for many, but restoring lost traditions is possible.

Posted on March 12th, 2014

Trailblazing power plant is first to bury its carbon

Originally Published by New Scientist -A coal-fired power station in Canada is launching carbon capture and storage on a commercial scale. Could this make burning fossil fuels guilt-free?

Posted on March 5th, 2014

The year fracking shook the UK

fracking Originally Published by The Gaurdian- Adam Vaughan looks back at a year dominated by protests over fracking, drilling in the Arctic, and Fukushima leaks.

Posted on December 17th, 2013

In South Africa, Renewables Vie With the Political Power of Coal

ozone hole Originally Published by Yale Environment - Although coal has dominated the South African electricity sector for decades, the country’s abundant solar and wind resources offer a promising renewable energy alternative. But entrenched political interests, including the president’s son, are fighting to expand coal’s role in the national economy.

Posted on December 12th, 2013

Windfarms that float on the sea raise hopes of a greener future

Originally Published by The Guardian - A green light for new floating platforms off the Scottish coast should help lower the cost of a low-carbon economy.

Posted on November 24th, 2013

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