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[30.10.2014]

Climatescope 2014 – Global study shows clean energy activity surges in developing world

China, Brazil and South Africa show wide diversity of clean energy investment opportunities

[28.10.2014]

White solar modules: a revolution for building integration

CSEM announces the world’s first white solar modules.

[27.10.2014]

Policies put the EU on track to meet its 2020 climate and energy targets but bigger push needed for 2030

European Union (EU) greenhouse gas emissions fell almost 2% between 2012 and 2013, putting the EU very close to its 2020 reduction target, according to new analysis from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

[25.10.2014]

The installation of the 2014 Cascades project is nearing completion

The work being done at Cascades is coming to an end. The work which took place between July and mid-September, lasted a little longer than expected given the implementation of new assembly procedures designed for this unique project.

[24.10.2014]

New pellet factsheet launched

WBA is pleased to announce the launch of the fact sheet: Pellets – a fast growing energy carrier.

[23.10.2014]

Reviving Europe’s low - carbon industries in the global race

EY launches “Europe’s Low Carbon Industries: A Health Check report”.

[22.10.2014]

Canadian Solar to Introduce Diamond Module at 2014 SPI

Canadian Solar Inc. announced that it will introduce a new, groundbreaking Diamond module at the upcoming Solar Power International (SPI) exhibition.

[21.10.2014]

736 KM (460 miles) WITHOUT CHARGING

The team Andrej and Jasna  drove  on 11th and 12th of October from Bled in Slovenija till Dubrovnik in Croatia (726  km  and 5000 to 6000 meters of uphill) without charging.

[20.10.2014]

Power supply for cruise ships

Hamburg gets an environmentally friendly alternative for supplying power to cruise ships lying at port.

[20.10.2014]

Onshore wind cheaper than coal, gas and nuclear, according to European Commission report

Generating electricity from onshore wind is cheaper than gas, coal and nuclear when externalities are stacked with the levelised cost of energy and subsidies, according to an Ecofys study ordered and endorsed by the European Commission.

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Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come

Ice sheets respond slowly to changes in climate, because they are so massive that they themselves dominate the climate conditions over and around them. But once they start flowing faster towards the shore and melting into the ocean the process takes centuries to reverse. Ice sheets are nature’s freight trains: tough to start moving, even harder to stop.

Due to landscape fragmentation, Brazil's rainforests are releasing more carbon dioxide than previously thought

Because of the deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil, significantly more carbon has been lost than was previously assumed. As scientists of the Hemholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) write in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the effect of the degradation has been underestimated in fragmented forest areas, since it was hitherto not possible to calculate the loss of the biomass at the forest edges and the higher emission of carbon dioxide. The UFZ scientists have now closed this knowledge gap. According to their calculations, the forest fragmentation results in up to a fifth more carbon dioxide being emitted by the vegetation.

Enormous Progress in Ocean Acidification Research: New Report Summarises Current State of Knowledge

Never before have so many scientists conducted research on what impacts the declining pH value of seawater has on animals and plants in the ocean. The experts have now compiled their results for the second report on ocean acidification of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will be made public today at the twelfth conference of the Parties to the Convention. Major focus is placed on the consequences that also have an effect on us human beings.

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Ways of a new water policy 4/4

A vision for the future: if the Bundestag, i.e. German Parliament, passes a water conservation law that requires builders to install efficient fixtures, promotes private retrofits such as water-saving showers, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers and demands a water penny from large consumers, we will soon consume only half as much water as we do today. Every year 25,000 liters of water per capita would thus be saved, i.e. 250,000 liters in ten years. A family of four would save a million liters of water without sacrificing any comfort.

Water in trouble 3/4

Even in today’s water-rich Central Europe we are heading for a water shortage. Our water is being used, contaminated and wasted. Poison in water, chemical waste, fertilizers and air pollution threaten our most important means of survival.

So water is more than H2O 2/4

All founders of religions, philosophers and wisdom teachers from all periods and civilizations knew about that. The wonderful young man from Nazareth, an ecologist even 2,000 years ago, said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Responsible handling of water is religious service. And to those who wanted to follow him, ecologically-minded Jesus called out; “Be springs of living water.” He did not speak of impure or contaminated water. Parson Kneipp taught in the 19th century: “Aqua sanat – water heals!“

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