Green energyBritain is in the midst of a green energy revolution after production soared to record levels, according to new figures which deal a blow to opponents of renewable energy and a potential boost for consumers.

The amount of electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro has soared by 43 per cent in the past year to account for a fifth of production, as newly-built plants came on stream and the weather became windier, the Office for National Statistics has said.

clean-energyTwo expert economists and an expert engineer endorsed the (U.S.) EPA's Clean Power Plan at a conference in Washington D.C. Friday, but cautioned that the proposed rule is only a first step, and it affects only one of several sectors of the economy that produce greenhouse gases.

IPCCThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which pools the efforts of scientists around the globe, has begun releasing draft chapters from its latest assessment, and, for the most part, the reading is as grim as you might expect. We are still on the road to catastrophe without major policy changes.

But there is one piece of the assessment that is surprisingly, if conditionally, upbeat: Its take on the economics of mitigation.

ObamaU.S. President Barack Obama announced a plan on Tuesday to create the world's largest marine preserve, significantly expanding a remote region of the Pacific Ocean where drilling, fishing and other commercial activities are prohibited.

Obama announced the proposal in a video at the U.S. State Department's Our Ocean conference in Washington.

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Interesting article from BBC News dated December 4th 2013, looking at how the energy we produce underpins pretty much everything we do and concluding that the UK's energy mix is set to change dramatically over the next 20 years.

By 2030, The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) expects renewables to be by far the biggest source of energy used in electricity generation in the UK, making up about 40% of the overall mix. 

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Carbon War Room logoThe Carbon War Room has been named NGO of the Year in the 2014 BusinessGreen Leaders Awards —the largest sustainability awards in Europe.

The award recognised the War Room's impact over the past year, especially in maritime shipping and island economies, as well as its potential for even greater impact in the future.

forbesUtility companies have been looking for new regulations and higher connection charges to save them from a “death spiral” spurred by a surge in rooftop solar installations. Instead, says former (U.S.) Energy Secretary Steven Chu, they should get into the rooftop solar business.

el-hierro-windfarm1The smallest of the Canary Islands will become the first island to be fully powered by wind and water when it opens a new wind farm this summer.

Around 10,000 people live on El Hierro, the most southern of the Spanish islands, and when the wind plant is switched on it will take the strong winds that whip of the cliffs and mountains of the volcanic island and power it.

WIND NYTimes 20Mar2014The wind industry has gone to great lengths over the years to snap up the best properties for its farms, often looking to remote swaths of prairie or distant mountain ridges to maximize energy production and minimize community opposition.

Now, it is reaching for the sky.

kerosene lamp india"Upgrading to electricity" is not a phrase most industrialized world denizens think about much, given that it happened a century ago. For 20 percent of people on earth, though, the electric grid isn't making it to their slums and rural villages—not any time soon. Instead they rely on smelly, smoky, eye-stinging kerosene lamps for feeble light at night.

But solar panels don't require connection to the rest of the electric grid, and their prices are dropping.

potato powerWith a simple trick, the humble spud can be made into a battery, so could potato powered homes catch on?

Mashed, boiled, baked or fried? You probably have a preference for your potatoes. Haim Rabinowitch, however, likes his spuds “hacked”.

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