Despite recent explosive growth rates, the wind and solar power industries must overcome key innovation challenges before they can contribute a substantial share of national or global energy supplies, a panel of leading technology experts said today in Washington DC.
Speaking at the Energy Innovation 2013 Conference organized by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Break ... read more >>
The government has been too slow in bringing in measures to protect homes and businesses from the "shattering" impact of flooding, MPs said on Friday. The Commons environment, food and rural affairs committee said the draft water bill would help increase competition in the provision of water supplies, but that ministers were not showing enough urgency in implementing measures to improve the count ... read more >>
The federal government is planning to lease lands for natural gas drilling across Colorado rural areas, these plans are completely rejected by local communities. Communities are afraid of environmental impacts, blowouts and spills. ... read more >>
Washington DC just took another step toward its stated goal of becoming the greenest city in the United States, with a new requirement for all large commercial buildings to report annual energy and water use.
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his ambitious effort falls under DC’s Clean and Affordable Energy Act, and adds to existing energy reporting requirements for all publicly owned buildin ... read more >>
According to GlobalData, a leading business intelligence provider, the global offshore wind power market is expected to explode over the next decade, with the UK as a leading investor. The UK has been a major actor in the market with its ideal location for offshore wind power and its financial commitment. GlobalData states that the country’s installed capacity is expected to hit 21 GW by the end ... read more >>
Locals in Datong call it the coal capital of China - and it is not hard to see why. Outside the city you can see enormous mining towers and buildings scarring the landscape.
At one coal pit the bulldozers are hard at work. They push huge mounds of coal close to the waiting trucks. The air is filthy, blackened by the coal dust.
This is a dirty, grimy business but in China it is crucial work. ... read more >>
It's long been a mantra among green-minded folk that greatly reducing - or even cutting out altogether - flights is an important step towards leading a carbon-lite lifestyle. After all, aviation is the fast-growing source of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, as well as being the most polluting form of transport per passenger kilometre travelled. I have, quite literally, written a whole book on the ... read more >>
"There’s an epic struggle afoot for the head and the heart of America. And the fat cats in Dirty Energy who feed off our addiction to fossil fuel have an obvious motivation—profits—to keep us in denial about our bad habit. They don’t want us to dwell on our energy addiction and the damage it does to ourselves, our planet, and our children’s future. So Dirty Energy dips into its very deep pockets ... read more >>
Since the 1980s, U.S. oil and gas companies have benefited from a tax loophole big enough to build a pipeline through.
By organizing as a type of partnership instead of a corporation, companies that extract, process or transport “depletable” natural resources have been exempt from corporate income taxes.
That word — “depletable” — specifically excludes renewable energy, but a long-simmering eff ... read more >>