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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.

Energy collecting windows edge closer to reality

Imagine if the windows in your home were able to collect energy and covert this into power to run your heating or home appliances, leading to annual energy cost savings. Such a technological feat is becoming closer. We take a look at the latest research.

New battery designed to last for a decade

A new type of flow battery has been designed. The battery stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. The novel chemistry gives the battery an exceptionally long lifetime.

Race for kilowatts empties Bosnian lake

Konjic - Bosnia's fisheries watchdog gazes over an expanse of sand and mud, a space once occupied by a large thriving lake but recently emptied in the race for electricity production.

Efficient microbial fuel cell made from paper

Fuel cells are one of the renewable sources of energy being actively worked on by scientists. The basis of many fuel cells are specific bacteria, and a new breakthrough has been made using a paper-based system.

Why home solar power should not be stored

Austin - For homes with solar power it might seem like a good idea to store the energy collected that isn’t needed for later use. However, a new report finds that storing solar energy for night-time use increases both energy consumption and emissions.

Hydrogen production advanced through electron spinning

Hydrogen is one of the potential renewable energy sources and part of the strategy to reduce the use of fossil fuels. One of the problems is dealing with the generation of the chemical hydrogen peroxide. A new method overcomes this.

New wind power generator uses trees as inspiration

Scientists have developed a system that is based on the branches and leaves of a cottonwood tree. The device produces energy as its artificial leaves sway in the breeze, harnessing wind power to generate electricity.

Manufacturing inexpensive solar cells through new technology

One of the leading renewable energy solutions is solar power. The application is hampered by energy conversion efficiency and restricted by where panels can be positioned. Organic superconductors address the efficiency issue.

IEA urges Poland to curb reliance on coal

Varsovia - Poland should rethink its dependence on heavily polluting coal and focus instead on developing cleaner energy sources, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

Bacteria powered battery built on sheet of paper

New York - In the quest to find new and efficient means of generating power a research group have developed a battery, resembling a thin sheet of paper, which is powered by microorganisms.

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy: experts

Miami - President-elect Donald Trump could enact sweeping changes to environmental policy in the beginning days of his administration, with far-reaching effects both in the United States and around the world, experts say.

EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva

Brussels - EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva.

East Timor and Australia to tear up sea border treaty

Sydney - A contentious maritime border treaty between East Timor and Australia which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea is to be torn up, the two sides said Monday.
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