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Last Weekend, Half of Germany Was Running on Solar Power

solarenergy8-09[May 28] German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity – equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity – through the midday hours of Friday and Saturday.

Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts of solar power fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50% of the Germany's midday electricity needs.

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US Consumer Giants collaborate on biodegradeable plastic project

coke_dasani_200Coca-Cola, Ford Motor, Heinz, Nike, and Procter & Gamble have now confirmed that they will work together on a new Plant Polyethylene Terephthalate Technology Collaborative, PTC, in order to accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable plant-based plastics.

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Ban on plastic bags at L.A. markets is approved

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Los Angeles became the largest city in the USA Wednesday to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region’s waterways and the ocean.

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How Ireland bagged it

Irish_bagIn March of 2002, Republic of Ireland became the first country to introduce a plastic bag fee, or PlasTax. Designed to rein in their rampant consumption of 1.2 billion plastic shopping bags per year, the tax resulted in a 90% drop in consumption, and approximately 1 billion fewer bags were consumed annually. To complete the win-win scenario, approximately $9.6 million was raised from the tax in the first year, which is earmarked for a green fund established to benefit the environment. Several other countries and cities around the world are now considering implementing a similar tax, including UK, Australia and New York City.

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UK’s newest electric cars turning heads at last

Vauxhall_amperaSitting outside the Barley Mow on Tilford village cricket ground, a group of early evening drinkers swing their gaze from left to right, as earnestly as fans of Andy Murray on Centre Court.

Indeed, what they're watching has just flashed past with the quiet fizz of a tennis ball.

But this isn't Wimbledon.

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