The uncontrolled release of Methane from natural gas production may make the supposedly "cleaner" fuel worse a worse contributor to global warming than coal says Robert Howarth of Cornell University
Furniture icon IKEA will begin selling installable solar panels in their U.K. stores in the coming months, hoping to retail them worldwide in the future
<p>Greenpeace has finally made headway on getting Apple to use only renewable energy. Though they have been building a huge solar array and a biogas plant they still rely on some coal-powerd energy at their N.C plant. Apple has now announced that by the end of 2012 that plant will be powered only by renewable energy. Keep up the pressure Greenpeace, it can't be a bad thing.</p>
Phasing out nuclear power is a landmark decision that Germany is proud to announce. They have goals for renewable energy and seem on the right track as far as energy is concerned. World leaders will take notice and hopefully do something positive along those lines. We can dream can't we?
Putting a bunch of balls in the ocean sounds like a stunt not a new kind of solar and wave power. Phil Pauley a designer thinks solar cell-covered balls in the ocean could provide a lot of energy. Its in the really early stages but at least its an interesting idea.
Norway is planning a billion-dollar renewable fund for developing nations. This is great news but developing nations don't tend to have enough extra money lying around to put towards renewable energy. The irony is that they could fund this themselves due to "being the sixth largest oil exporter in the world...". This is both encouraging and discouraging at the same time.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee has announced that he plans to make the city run on 100% renewable energy by 2020. This is very grand news and very encouraging. If San Francisco can do it then it just might be possible for the rest of the U.S. We don't even have to rely solely on solar power but a combination of solar and other renewable energies would probably be more effective anyway.
A report shows that major oil companies are providing and directing the funding of research done at public schools, despite a clear conflict of interest and potentially steering students away from research that would hurt their industry
California is considering mandating energy storage. This mandate would mean that during peak demand energy would come from wind, solar and other intermittent sources. By 2020 California wants renewable sources to provide 33 percent of their energy. This is ambitious but encouraging.
Scientific American has set up an interactive multimedia presentation to talk about getting to 100% carbon free emissions by 2030.