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ChargeLounge: fast charging reinvented!

New quick-charge station offers high-charging capacity, easy installation andlounge access.


Can the World Bank Meet Sustainability and Governance Challenges?

Launch of report Designed for the Future? Assessing Principles of Sustainable Development and Governance in The World Bank’s Project Plans


No Rooftop left behind

Imagine a time when every rooftop in the world has a solar panel on it.  Looking at Google Earth, all the rooftops you see would have panels.


The Millennium Project: an international network of Nodes

The Millennium Project connects futurists around the world to improve global foresight.


Flexible solar building elements open new doors for architects

Launch of EU project: tailored solar facades to be designed at the click of a button.


Panasonic cells achieve world's highest energy conversion efficiency

Panasonic Corporation today announced that it has achieved a conversion efficiency of 25.6% (cell area*3: 143.7 cm2) in its HIT® solar cells, a major increase over the previous world record for crystalline silicon-based solar cells.


Half of power plant capacity additions in 2013 came from natural gas

Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013.


Even thinner solar cells through use of nanoparticles

Nanostructures could enable more light to be directed into the active layer of solar cells, increasing their efficiency.


State aid: Commission adopts new rules on public support for environmental protection and energy

The European Commission has adopted new rules on public support for projects in the field of environmental protection and energy.


Tens of thousands European citizens claim: No further subsidies for nuclear power

Should high state aid for nuclear power be allowed?

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Global warming can be limited to 2 degrees with major technological and institutional change: IPCC report

Many pathways to substantial greenhouse-gas reductions are available at relatively little cost, a landmark report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows. Among the options put on the table there are the use of bioenergy combined with carbon capture and storage, and comprehensive pricing of CO2 emissions. The report's team of authors has been led by Ottmar Edenhofer, vice-director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

The Climate Paradox: Do We Need to Phase Out Coal?

While we are in the midst of a steadily progressing Energiewende in Germany, world climate scientists from the renowned climate science body IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) are releasing their newest findings these days in Berlin. The results presented in Yokohama some weeks ago showed the world that human induced climate change is not only real and happening, but impacts are and evermore will be worse than expected. By Katrin Heeren

Did Europe sacrifice its climate leadership role to backwards-oriented money making business?

High level climate and energy experts from politics and industry discussed the future European energy policy intensely during the Second European Energy Congress on March 31st and April 1st 2014 in Brussels, organised by the Süddeutscher Verlag Veranstaltungen GmbH. By Katrin Heeren

:: The latest from Franz Alt

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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