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Swiss to vote on gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

Geneva - The Swiss will vote in a referendum Sunday on a planned overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.

Smartwatches could be charged by wrist motion

It may be possible to charge smart watches simply through body motions, such as tilting the wrist to view the face of the watch, a new technology study suggests. This is possible through the use of triboelectric nanogenerators.

Zuma ally returns to head S.Africa power utility

Johanesburg - The former chief executive of South Africa's state-owned power utility is to return to the post, officials said Friday, less than five months after he resigned over a corruption scandal that rocked the government.

US cities, states mobilize against climate change without Trump

Washington - Even as President Donald Trump steers the United States away from actively fighting climate change, a number of American cities and states are continuing to pursue renewable energies to reduce their carbon footprint.

Stratospheric solar plane makes first test flight

Payerne - The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday.

Iceland drills 4.7 km down into volcano to tap clean energy

Reykjav - It's named after a Nordic god and drills deep into the heart of a volcano: "Thor" is a rig that symbolises Iceland's leading-edge efforts to produce powerful clean energy.

US Supreme Court hands Venezuela a win on expropriations

Washington - Crisis-ridden Venezuela received a bit of good news Monday when the US Supreme Court ruled against an American oil firm whose equipment was expropriated under late president Hugo Chavez.

Solar cell world efficiency record broken

Investment, in terms of time, money and scientific endeavor continues to rush into solar power as the push for renewable energy continues. In terms of scientific progress, a new record has been set for solar cell efficiency

Elon Musk teases future plans at TED talk

Vancouver - Elon Musk paused while chatting about his series of potentially world-changing endeavors to say he isn't in it to provide salvation.

Ukraine clings to nuclear power despite Chernobyl trauma

Kiev - Ukraine is still suffering from the trauma of the world's worst civil nuclear accident at Chernobyl but has nonetheless turned the hazardous fuel into the backbone of its energy portfolio.

Trump moves to lift bans on Arctic drilling

Washington - US President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at lifting bans on drilling for oil and gas in offshore Arctic and Atlantic areas, saying it would pull in "billions of dollars" for America and create jobs.

US may stay in Paris climate accord, with caveats

Washington - Signs are mounting that US President Donald Trump's administration may stay in the landmark Paris climate change accord of 2015, under pressure from big business and public support for the agreement.

13 big businesses urge Trump to stay in Paris deal

Miami - Thirteen big businesses, including oil giant Shell and retailer Walmart, on Wednesday urged US President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Essential Science: Making more efficient biofuels

Are biofuels the answer to the world’s energy needs or do the problems, including diverting food crops for fuel, carry an unnecessary level of social and economic problems? If biofuels are the answer, how can they be made for efficient?

Croatian rivers face hydroelectric peril

Karlovac - Swans glide peacefully over green river waters in the central Croatian area of Karlovac, a tranquil spot popular with fishermen and swimmers that environmentalists fear could be devastated by hydropower projects.

World oil market 'close to balance' despite OPEC cuts: IEA

Paris - Supply and demand in the oil market are close to matching up, the IEA said Thursday, as landmark OPEC-led production cuts are mitigated by rising US supply and slipping worldwide demand growth.

France enshrines decision to close oldest nuclear plant

Paris - The French government on Sunday published a decree for closing the country's oldest nuclear plant, fulfilling a campaign-trail pledge made by President Francois Hollande who is now in the final weeks of office.

US will keep climate commitments despite Trump: ex-NY mayor Bloomberg

New York - The former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, said Friday the United States will keep its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases despite US President Donald Trump's skeptical outlook on climate change.

Australia to get $1bn solar farm and world's largest battery

South Australia is getting a huge clean energy boost with a $1.0 billion solar farm consisting of 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries. It is expected to start operating later this year.

Trump moves to roll back Obama climate measures

Washington - President Donald Trump declared the end of a "war on coal" Tuesday, as he moved to curb rules that underpin American emissions targets and a major global climate accord.

Essential Science: New material generates low-cost electricity

A new material promises the potential to generate sufficient power to allow cooking pan to produce sufficient energy to charge a cell phone within a few hours. The new material is cheap to manufacture and works by using hot and cold air.

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Sydney - Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge plunged into darkness Saturday to mark Earth Hour, as global landmarks began dimming their lights to draw attention to climate change.

Building of coal fired power stations in decline

London - There has been a significant decline in the number of coal-fired power stations in pre-construction globally, according to a new report from several environmental organizations.

Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans

Tuzla - Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe.

OPEC detects 'high compliance' with oil cut deal

Paris - OPEC said Tuesday oil producers have kept their promise to cut output in accordance with a landmark deal designed to lift petroleum prices.

Spain's Repsol announces big Alaska oil find

Madrid - Spanish energy giant Repsol announced on Thursday a large find in Alaska that it says holds approximately 1.2 billion barrels of oil.

The ‘cold standard’: Would nuclear fusion be safer?

Several teams of physicists are pursuing the goal of nuclear fusion, as a theoretically unlimited source of so-called ‘green’ power. But have the environmental implications been fully considered and just how safe and green would nuclear fusion be?

Indigenous protest in Honduras marks activist's murder

Tegucigalpa - About 600 mostly indigenous Hondurans held a protest in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of murdered activist Berta Caceres and further her campaign against a hydroelectric company."Long live Berta.

World's largest wealth fund gains 50 bln euros in 2016

Oslo - Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, notched up huge gains in 2016, as it reaped the benefits of a global stock market rally following the election of US President Donald Trump, the Norwegian central bank said Tuesday.

Mexico's Pemex cuts losses to $14.3 bn in 2016

Mexico - Mexico's state-run energy giant Pemex reported losses of $14.3 billion for 2016 on Monday, halving its losses from the previous year and saying "austerity" measures were starting to pay off.
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Reactors 3 and 4 at Oi Nuclear Power Station, Japan. Power-down of reactor 4 on September 15, 2013 could mark the end for nuclear power in Japan.
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An electricity prepayment meter key in Britain
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The Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Aberdeenshire, UK.
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The floating turbine offshore of the Goto Islands. Photo: 09/21/2012
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