Microsoft announces 175 megawatt wind project in Illinois is now operational

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Just over a year ago, Microsoft announced its largest wind purchase to date: a 175 megawatt (MW) wind facility outside of Chicago that would generate more than enough energy to fully power Microsoft’s Chicago data center. Today, we’re proud to announce that the Pilot Hill Wind Project is up and running—delivering clean, renewable energy that will power that facility for… Read more »

Artificial photosynthesis: Mimicking nature’s most powerful trick

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There’s wind, there are photovoltaic cells, but we need a way to store the energy. Could artificial photosynthesis – turning the sun’s energy into a fuel, such as hydrogen – one day replace dirty coal and other fossil fuels as a plentiful source of green, clean energy We analyse how far this technology has come…. Read more »

Earth’s climate entering new ‘permanent reality’ as CO2 hits new high

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The Earth’s climate will enter a new “permanent reality” from next year when concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to pass a historic milestone, the head of the UN’s weather agency has warned. The record concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere were up 43% since pre-industrial times, said the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),… Read more »

Energy efficiency and climate Protection – BDL-Report 2015

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Energy efficiency and climate Protection
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German aviation is reducing its specific energy consumption from year to year. In 2014, the airlines achieved an all-time record by reducing fuel consumption to an average of 3.64 litres of kerosene per 100 passenger-kilometres. In this Aviation Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection Report 2015, the German Aviation Association (BDL) presents the key indicators as… Read more »

These Ice Cellars Fed Arctic People for Generations. Now They’re Melting.

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Native people in Alaska and Russia store their whale meat and other traditional foods in permafrost. But their underground freezers are thawing, causing food problems.   Building an underground ice cellar to store bowhead whale and other meat in Barrow, Alaska, is no small task. Even in the summertime, permafrost is hard as a rock… Read more »

Landscaping Project Highlights Global Water Crisis

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International firm Penda Architecture and Design has designed a meadow with sunken pathways for China’s International Garden Expo 2015. As part of China’s International Garden Expo, Beijing– and Vienna–based firm Penda Architecture and Design has designed a temporary meadow, named “Where the River Runs,” sited for Wuhan, China. The installation, which contains sunken pathways and hidden meeting places, allows… Read more »

Nissan begins tests on Leaf-based IDS prototype

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Nissan Leaf-based autonomous prototypes have been sighted on Japanese city roads earlier in the week. While the Nissan IDS concept at the Tokyo Motor Show is a far more comprehensive look at what the future may bring for the automaker’s self-driving initiatives, the company is working on slowly but surely getting the technology out to production… Read more »

Restoring Nature Could Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change

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For decades, scientists and policymakers have focused on changing human behavior to address climate change. Regulations have mandated reduced carbon emissions, subsidies have supported the development of renewable energy and individuals have worked to make their lifestyles more sustainable. But, while addressing global warming will inevitably require humans to change behavior, a growing body of… Read more »

Smartphones could be used to detect pollution after sensor breakthrough

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A new method to identify unhealthy levels of nitrogen dioxide could let those at risk take control of their health with cheap, personalised sensors, according to new research by Australian and Chinese scientists. Nitrogen dioxide contributes to the dangerous smog that lurks over many of the world’s cities, causing serious respiratory problems, among other health… Read more »

MA: Jim Gordon sees reason for hope with his Cape Wind project

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Don’t count Jim Gordon out just yet. The president of Cape Wind developer Energy Management Inc. has not given up on the controversial wind farm project in Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind suffered what many saw as a death blow in January when Gordon and his team missed a crucial financing deadline and lost major contracts… Read more »