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New evidence for wind turbines posing risks to birds

San Fransisco - Wind turbines have many advocates as a low-cost source of ‘green’ electricity. However, depending on where the turbines are cited, there is a risk of birds being killed.

World’s largest solar farm planned for Japan

Tokyo - Solar power is one of the leading ‘alternative energy’ technologies. Japan, which has long favored nuclear power solutions, is to construct the world’s largest solar power plant.

Denmark's wind-powered electricity usage sets world record

A staggering 42 percent of Denmark's domestic energy use came from wind power in 2015. This set a new world record, breaking a record Denmark set just a year before.

Clean hydrogen energy can allegedly be produced from methane

Rio De Janeiro - Researcher Fabio B. Noronha claims that he and his team with the National Institute of Technology may have found a way to convert methane into hydrogen energy.

First geothermal power plant in 15 years to go online in Japan

Japan has been actively seeking alternative energy sources since the Fukushima Daiachii disaster. With the public's resistance to reopening nuclear power plants, utilizing the country's many naturally occurring hot springs may be the answer.

Professor: U.S. can switch to 100% green energy by 2050

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago, Stanford professor Marc Jacobson presented The Solutions Project, a roadmap for the development of renewable energy sources across all 50 United States.

Sugar-powered batteries could be the future

Currently, lithium-ion batteries are the go-to for all technological needs, but they could soon fall by the wayside with news of a sugar-powered battery which lasts 10 times as long.

China smashes world record for solar installation in 2013

Beijing - China installed a record 12 gigawatts of solar panels in 2013, making the nation home to more photovoltaic panels than anywhere else on earth.

From plastic to oil: Making waves with a machine and a vision Special

Vancouver - Upgyres, a Vancouver organization, is looking to use the famous Blest machine that converts plastic into oil as a tool to clean up the North Pacifc plastic garbage patch. My interview with its director sheds light on this enterprise.

Canadian activist starts appeal against wind power company Special

The Ontario government is refusing to hear testimony from experts on noise and safety in an ongoing Environmental Review Tribunal, according to the campaign group Wind Concerns Ontario.

Artificial forest converts sunlight into energy, research claims

Berkeley scientists are developing an artificial forest to convert solar energy into chemical fuels. In a process that mimics photosynthesis, it soaks up light to generate oxygen and hydrogen, two gases that can be used to power fuel cells.

'Sirius' documentary has premiered, now available to view or buy

On April 22, Dr Steven Greer and filmmaker Amardeep Kaleka premiered their new alien documentary "Sirius" to the world, streamed online from Los Angeles, Ca. The film is now available for viewing and purchase.

America working together to stave off end of the oil age

Houston - Recently the oil and gas industry captured headlines in all news publications. Whether it was a new report stating the sector faces a “rollercoaster ride” or Iran building a huge oil refinery in Pakistan, Texas tea is always in the spotlight.

Google one step closer to wind power

The Google-backed Atlantic Wind Connection passed an initial approval stage this week and will now undergo an environmental review.

University of Southern California Develops Printable Solar Cells

Los Angeles - The path for cheap solar energy has been paved, but we can't walk it just yet. Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a liquid solar cell which they say can essentially be printed onto surfaces of any shape.

Record 109% Growth in US Solar Panel Installations

2011 was a record smashing year for the US solar industry, with 109% growth in the number of photovoltaic solar installations.

Op-Ed: Turning rubbish into energy — The Kenyan way

Africa has long been regarded as a basket case and a bottomless pit for aid, but now, with a little help from their President and a foundation, Kenyans are doing something for themselves: building wind turbines from scrap metal.

You may someday drive a car powered by coffee

Coffee junkies rely on their daily java to propel them through the morning, but it may not be long before automobiles are also powered by caffeine.

Belgium parliament agrees to complete phase-out of nuclear power

Brussels - Belgium's coalition government has agreed on a conditional exit strategy to wean the European nation off domestically-generated nuclear power by 2025.

Op-Ed: Tragedy & Hope — A massive oil slick, and massive wind generators

As Shell confirms a massive oil spill in the North Sea, an equally massive windfarm is launched from a Belfast shipyward to generate clean, renewable energy for Britain.

Op-Ed: Yet another oil spill, and a glimmer of hope for the future

The name Deepwater Horizon will live forever in the halls of infamy, which may not be long if the doomsayers are right, and as yet another major spill is reported, this time off the coast of Scotland.

Britain must invest in green technology, says minister

Energy Minister Chris Huhne appeared on a BBC current affairs programme this morning, and was upbeat about the challenges presented by the ongoing turbulence in oil and gas prices.

Obama to expand oil production, industry says ‘positive nuggets’

Washington - President Barack Obama on Saturday called for increased domestic oil and gas production through the extension of existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaskan coast, and for issuing more lease sales in Alaska’s Federal Petroleum Reserve.

Natural gas shortages reported across several US states

After numerous winter storms and sustained cold temperatures have struck across the nation, several US states are experiencing shortages in natural gas supplies.

Crematoriums heating homes in Denmark, Sweden

In the process of trying to make crematoriums more eco-friendly, some communities in Sweden and Denmark have come up with a novel source of energy. Instead of letting all that excess heat go up the chimney, it’s piped into the local heating network.

Maine, Nova Scotia sign offshore energy agreement

Both Maine and Nova Scotia have been actively developing alternative sources of energy over the past several years, and now they’ll be working together to develop offshore wind and tidal energy sources.

Bloom Box new alternative energy source?

Its inventor promises this little device, somewhat smaller than the average household furnace, will revolutionize the energy industry.

U.S.Oil Dependency Has Historical Roots

When the Drake Oil Well in Titusville, Pennsylvania began seeping crude oil 150 years ago, humanity allowed itself to become engulfed in the ecology of oil.

Native American Chief Holds Patent for Viable Energy Source

As America looks to alternative energy sources, someone who respects the environment might have the answer to preserving it and solving the nation's alternative energy needs at the same time.

The Passive House heating concept - no furnace, but warm

Have some good thick insulation and a thing called a heat exchanger, and it looks like you can have a nice warm home for almost nothing, compared to normal heating bills. Instead of central heating, this is central ventilation.
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Electric cars in China are becoming more popular and a few  such as this one  also have sleek design...
Electric cars in China are becoming more popular and a few, such as this one, also have sleek designs as well.
File photo: Looking under the hood of a hydrogen car
File photo: Looking under the hood of a hydrogen car
The floating turbine offshore of the Goto Islands.
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The floating turbine offshore of the Goto Islands. Photo: 09/21/2012
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The Cachoeira de Paulo Afonso hydro-electric plant in Brazil.
The Cachoeira de Paulo Afonso hydro-electric plant in Brazil.
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