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Nuclear meltdown; what can we expect and is it as bad as it sounds?

Nuclear meltdown; what can we expect and is it as bad as it sounds?

Posted Tue, 15 Mar 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Nicolette Smith

Just how much worse can things get for Japan? Quite a lot worse, according to the latest news reports focusing on the potential radiation leak currently threatening the population. Two nuclear reactor plants based in Fukushima, on the Japanese north-east coast, are on the brink of nuclear meltdown.

Nuclear meltdown; what can we expect and is it as bad as it sounds?

China Plans for Green Growth

China Plans for Green Growth

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:20:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Latest Five Year Plan sets ambitious targets to decarbonise China's huge economy. China is not just the world's second biggest economy, it is now the world's biggest climate change gases emitter - according to the World Resources Institute it produced 7,232.8 megatonnes of greenhouse gases in 2007 (the last year we have comparable figures for), surpassing the USA's 6,914.2 megatonnes. Filed in environmental issues: emissions/growth/energy.

China Plans for Green Growth

Is hydrogen-economy 'go' after nanocomposite breakthrough?

Is hydrogen-economy 'go' after nanocomposite breakthrough?

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:04:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Since being touted back in 1970, the idea of the 'hydrogen-economy' has stalled. But a breakthrough announced Sunday, by a collaborative team at Berkley Labs, has demonstrated a real-world solid-state storage of hydrogen - packed densely and safely into a new nanocomposite material. It could mark a turning point in making hydrogen a viable clean energy solution for the world.

Is hydrogen-economy 'go' after nanocomposite breakthrough?

Message from Fukushima - stop playing with fire and harvest the sun

Message from Fukushima - stop playing with fire and harvest the sun

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:33:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Japan's horrific few days have not only wrought natural death and destruction - man-made disaster is being flirted with, as earthquake-hit nuclear power plants blow their tops. It is time to stop playing with the nuclear fire, and move more swiftly to safely harvesting the sun's energy - through wind, wave and solar. Filed in environment: energy.

Message from Fukushima - stop playing with fire and harvest the sun

Using clean fuel is not a 100% success - at least in New Delhi

Using clean fuel is not a 100% success - at least in New Delhi

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:59:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Using clean fuel has not been a success with two-stroke auto-rickshaws. Expert says that more lives could be saved by using the fuel for cooking. Switching to clean fuel must be a good move and towns and cities worldwide are doing just that with their transport fleets. One such city was New Delhi in India. In 2003 the city converted 90,000 buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws to compressed natural gas (CNG), a well-known 'clean' fuel. Filed in environment: fuel/energy.

Using clean fuel is not a 100% success - at least in New Delhi

From tipple to tank - tequila plant may have biofuel future

From tipple to tank - tequila plant may have biofuel future

Posted Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:21:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Agave, the plant loved by tequila drinkers world-wide, may be about to add planet-saving to its many beneficial uses. Renewed attention is being focused on its potential to transform semi-arid scrub into a biofuel bounty - all with minimal burden on the environment. Filed under environmental issues: Biofuels/Energy.

From tipple to tank - tequila plant may have biofuel future

BP oil spill set for the big screen: Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours

BP oil spill set for the big screen: Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:23:03 GMT by Laura Brown

Summit options New York Times article on Deepwater Horizon tragedy. The production company has optioned an article from the New York Times written by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul. The piece, entitled 'Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours' was an in depth look at what happened in the run up to the explosion and sinking of the oil rig. Filed under environmental issues: Deepwater Horizon/Energy.

BP oil spill set for the big screen: Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours

'Blue superhighway' threatened by well near Australian reef

'Blue superhighway' threatened by well near Australian reef

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2011 12:31:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Despite dramatic failures of deep-water drilling, both in the Gulf of Mexico, and closer to home in the Timor Sea, with devastating consequences of the resulting oil spill, the Australian government is considering plans for further oil exploration - in some of its most sensitive marine areas. The Ningaloo Reef, close an important marine migration route, would be threatened by such exploration, according to WWF-Australia.

'Blue superhighway' threatened by well near Australian reef

Solar power installations that float on water

Solar power installations that float on water

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:16:02 GMT by Michael Evans

A joint Israeli-French project investigates the floating of solar panels on water. Solar power is considered to be a clean and efficient source of electricity and is regarded as a major player in the worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gases. The problem is that most of the solar energy systems on the market today have two major weaknesses. The first is that they require vast land areas in order to be built and the second is the very high costs related to the construction and maintenance of the solar cells.

Solar power installations that float on water

New enzymes pump up microbe gas factories

New enzymes pump up microbe gas factories

Posted Sun, 06 Mar 2011 11:37:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Chemists at University of California, Berkeley, have found a new way of boosting the fuel output from bacteria which could see us driving microbe-fuelled cars in time. The new process pioneered by the team produces fuel 10 times faster than previous methods and, according to Chang, is another step on the road to producing biofuels on an industrial scale.

New enzymes pump up microbe gas factories

Shale Gas - Revolution or White Elephant?

Shale Gas - Revolution or White Elephant?

Posted Fri, 04 Mar 2011 09:39:03 GMT by Julian Jackson

Will Shale Gas be the new low carbon energy source to replace dirty coal? Shale Gas is the new energy buzzword. It is ''unconventional gas'' produced from within rocks by utilising technological processes commonly called ''fracking'' which means chemically extracting the gas. In America it has suddenly become a big story: since 2000, shale gas production has leapt from being only 1% of US gas production up to 20% in 2009.

Shale Gas - Revolution or White Elephant?

Iceland's volcanoes in from the cold to geothermal power Europe

Iceland's volcanoes in from the cold to geothermal power Europe

Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:56:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

A sub-sea cable could export clean energy from Iceland to Europe, taking power from its notoriously active volcanoes – and harnessing it for good. With three-quarters of the island's clean energy potential untapped, Iceland is calling for investors to help it start a geothermal energy revolution. According to Monday's report from Bloomberg, the project would involve laying a sub-sea cable 700 miles, from Iceland to Scotland, in the UK, in order to provide geothermal power to Europe's grid system.

Iceland's volcanoes in from the cold to geothermal power Europe

From Solar Panel To Bio-panel, Going Green With Algae.

From Solar Panel To Bio-panel, Going Green With Algae.

Posted Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:33:02 GMT by Kieran Ball

Is algae the biofuel of the future? The biodiesel industry faces huge challenges in the coming years. Unless you’re in a country such as Malaysia or Indonesia where there's the climate and suitable land to grow plantations for palm oil or similar plant biofuels, then your options are limited.

From Solar Panel To Bio-panel, Going Green With Algae.

Ski-park incinerator proves sustainability doesn't mean sacrifice

Ski-park incinerator proves sustainability doesn't mean sacrifice

Posted Tue, 22 Feb 2011 08:58:00 GMT by Rachel England

Copenhagen incinerator doubles as ski-park. A waste management plant planned for Copenhagen in 2016 will generate enough heat and electricity for 140,000 homes and will have an added bonus - it'll be covered by an urban ski park. The new plant will replace the existing 40 year old incinerator, taking waste from five municipalities in its area.

Ski-park incinerator proves sustainability doesn't mean sacrifice

Tapping volcanoes for superefficient geothermal energy

Tapping volcanoes for superefficient geothermal energy

Posted Mon, 21 Feb 2011 12:47:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Geologists drilling in the Krafla volcano in Iceland struck upon a high grade source of geothermal energy when their deep drilling well hit a pool of molten rock. These magma wells could produce five times the power of conventional wells as the economics of generating steam from hot geothermal sources improve as temperature and pressure increase.

Tapping volcanoes for superefficient geothermal energy

Geothermal Electricity Generation comes to Ireland

Geothermal Electricity Generation comes to Ireland

Posted Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:25:00 GMT by Simon Kent

The initial go-ahead has been given for Ireland to create its first geothermal power plant. Ireland's first geothermal electricity generating station has been given planning permission. The station will be operated by Newcastle Energy Limited while the scoping and planning application has been carried out by environmental consulting company SLR.

Geothermal Electricity Generation comes to Ireland

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No to coal & its emissions (70% of global carbon.)

Posted Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:36:31 GMT by Paul Robinson

Belugas stop Canadian pipeline

Posted Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:32:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Solar Fuel from Artificial Leaves at last.

Posted Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:07:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sawdust to gasoline, in just 2 steps

Posted Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Wind and its place in electricity generation.

Posted Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:08:01 GMT by JW Dowey

King Sol Rules and Scores Well Too.

Posted Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Hydropower means a lot worldwide

Posted Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:32:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Fracking still rears its ugly head

Posted Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:21:15 GMT by JW Dowey

Light energy stored in a battery at last

Posted Sun, 05 Oct 2014 11:15:50 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A Canadian Midas touch for solar cells

Posted Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:10:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

California Solar Energy Subsidies Are Shining Bright

Posted Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:59:00 GMT by Albert Ross

Getting exotic with clean energy technology

Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:17:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Iceland's volcanoes in from the cold to geothermal power Europe

Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:56:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Will 'Peak Oil' save the planet?

Posted Mon, 04 Apr 2011 22:09:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The bad and the ugly? How the public see the risks of coal and nuclear

Posted Tue, 14 Jun 2011 16:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Fukushima - the nuclear emergency that won't go away

Posted Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:54:27 GMT by Martin Leggett

WWF reports 100% Renewable Energy Power is Possible

Posted Mon, 14 Feb 2011 08:00:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Boost biofuels by tackling 'glitches' in photosynthesis

Posted Thu, 12 May 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Hydrogen fuel-cells get a boost with a cheap catalyst makeover

Posted Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Switching to Low Energy Light Bulbs

Posted Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:28:02 GMT by Michael Evans