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Audi have successfully made diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water

German car manufacturer Audi has reportedly invented a carbon-neutral diesel fuel, made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energy sources. And the crystal clear ‘e-diesel’ is already being used to power the Audi A8 owned by the country’s Federal … Continue reading

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Australia could have zero emissions and 100% renewable energy by 2050

Australia can make deep cuts to its carbon emissions and become entirely powered by renewable energy by mid-century, all for a relatively low cost, a new study has found. The report, which was released this week, was prepared by researchers … Continue reading

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China’s wind farms produce more energy than America’s nuclear plants

China loves nuclear power. It’s currently building more nuclear reactors than any other planet on Earth, with plans to triple its nuclear power production by 2020. But at the same time, it’s getting 100 percent behind the potential of wind … Continue reading

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World’s first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

Plans to generate electricity from the world’s first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK. The six lagoons – four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria – will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind … Continue reading

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World’s first grid-connected wave power station switched on

After more than a decade of testing and demonstrations, Australian company Carnegie Wave Energy has switched on a pilot project that has begun feeding wave-generated electricity into a local WA grid. “This is the first array of wave power generators to be … Continue reading

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This Australian prefab home generates more energy than it uses

What’s being called the world’s first carbon-positive prefabricated house has been unveiled in Melbourne, Australia, and we really want one. Created by Australian manufacturing company ArchiBlox, the prefab homes can be ordered, built and delivered, ready to move in within … Continue reading

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Researchers are turning old plastic bottles into waterproof paper

A team of Mexican entrepreneurs has found a way to save 20 trees and 56,000 litres of water for every ton of paper produced – simply make it out of recycled plastic bottles instead. Young entrepreneurs in Mexico have developed … Continue reading

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This indoor farm is 100 times more productive than outdoor fields

In Japan, the world’s largest indoor farm produces 10,000 heads of lettuce each day with 99 percent less water than outdoor fields. All hail the farm of the future. This incredible indoor “food factory” in Japan is claiming that it … Continue reading

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GM’s new electric could upstage Tesla

GM on Monday unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt, a $30,000 concept car that will probably go on sale in about two years. The range will make it attractive to many buyers who would not consider a fully electric car for fear … Continue reading

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Dickson Despommier on Urban Agriculture & Vertical Farming

Thanks to Phil Krause for recommending this interesting video.

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New superconductor-powered wind turbines could hit Australian shores in five years

Australian scientists are developing wind turbines that are one-third the price and 1,000 times more efficient than anything currently on the market to install along the country’s windy and abundant coast. New superconductor-powered wind turbines could be installed off the … Continue reading

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Scotland produces enough wind energy to power all its homes

Scotland is pushing ahead with green energy, with First Minister Alex Salmond claiming that renewables could provide 100 percent of Scotland’s energy by 2025. And last month, Salmond’s push for wind farms appears to have borne fruit – wind power … Continue reading

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SolaRoad: World’s first solar cycle path to open in the Netherlands

Imtech, in conjunction with the Province of Noord-Holland, Ooms Civiel, has developed the world’s first solar road located in Krommwnie, Holland. The solar cycle path will be connected to the national grid to meet increasing energy demands and to advance … Continue reading

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Climate change: Models ‘underplay plant CO2 absorption’

Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research. Scientists say that between 1901 and 2010, living things absorbed 16% more of the gas than previously thought. The authors say it explains … Continue reading

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Introducing the world’s first solar battery

Introducing the world’s first solar battery. The device — which is part solar cell, part battery — recharges itself using air and light. Nano-scale holes allow air to enter the battery (inset), while rods of titanium dioxide gather light (larger … Continue reading

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Misconceptions About Global Warming

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Melt ponds successfully forecast Arctic sea-ice extent

A UK technique for forecasting the extent of summer sea ice in the Arctic proved its worth this week. UK researchers from Reading announced in June that the floes would cover 5.4 million sq km come the end of the melt … Continue reading

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Scientists find quicker, more sustainable way to produce hydrogen fuel

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Scientists in Scotland have just taken a huge step towards producing clean hydrogen fuel in a sustainable way. Unlike fossil fuels, hydrogen gas can be burned to generate electricity without producing toxic emissions. It’s produced easily from water through a … Continue reading

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Renewable energy now makes up 22% of the world’s power

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“In 2013, renewable power capacity expanded at its fastest pace to date,” said the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) of the results of its latest market report. According to the report, wind, solar, and other clean, renewable energy sources continued … Continue reading

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Why global warming is taking a break

The average temperature on Earth has barely risen over the past 16 years. ETH researchers have now found out why. And they believe that global warming is likely to continue again soon. Global warming is currently taking a break: whereas … Continue reading

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