July, 2017

July 31, 2017

Advances in Geothermal

When you think of alternative energy windmills and solar panels probably come to mind. Geothermal is another source that is starting to break through as a viable source of clean, renewable, and cheap energy. Read more about what is happening in the geothermal world in this article by Ian Dyer Geothermal Energy Will Grow 70% in the Next 4 Years

July 30, 2017

Biochar bandwagon

Researchers at Rice University have determined that widespread use of biochar in agriculture could reduce healthcare costs, especially for those who live in urban areas close to farmland.

Mike Williams explains their findings in his article Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one.

July 29, 2017

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Peatlands are the most essential terrestrial ecosystem

Known peatlands only cover about 3% of the world’s land surface, but store at least twice as much carbon as all of Earth’s standing forests. Jeremy Hance’s article sheds some interesting light on Ultimate bogs: how saving peatlands could help save the planet

July 28, 2017

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Job creation through recycling

Wonderful story of a national sports hero who has put 300 youths to work collecting and recycling plastic bottles and turning them into slabs used in construction. Way to go! Read the story by Mark Hanrahan Cameroon soccer star Milla tackles plastic flooding menace

July 27, 2017

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Sustainability in the workplace

It has taken a long time, but the corporate world is finally paying attention to environmental sustainability and making needed changes to tow the line. The next step in sustainability is working towards gender equality in the workforce. Katherine Fritz, Genevieve Smith, & Marissa Wesely provide an overview in their article The Next Sustainability Frontier: Gender Equity as a Business Imperative

July 26, 2017

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Rooftop Solar

Three retired Air Force squadron leaders are leaving a lesson for the younger generation. “Apart from reducing electricity bills, we wanted to leave something behind for the future generations and make them understand the importance of harnessing energy from the sun.” Read their full story by Badri Chatterjee 3 war heroes install 40 solar panels atop Mumbai society, help save 98% on electricity bills

July 25, 2017

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Remote Areas to Benefit from Solar

One of the boons with solar is the ability to provide energy to people living in remote areas. Such is the case in Australia, where alternative energy is being supplied to Aboriginal communities. Amanda Lennon covers the story in her article Off-grid solar reduces diesel reliance at 10 Australian indigenous communities

July 24, 2017

Profitable, innovative solutions

A German company has designed an innovative way to help clear the air in urban cities. While we still need to continue our push for cleaner air, their design is helping mitigate polluted air in urban cities.

July 23, 2017

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Demand for sustainable energy grows

Centered around the business community’s interest in alternative, clean energy sources Southeast Asia’s first e-commerce platform for electricity has launched, making it easier for businesses in Singapore to choose renewable energy to power their operations. Interesting article by Hannah Koh and Ariane Ruppli covers the story. Singapore’s first e-commerce marketplace for energy powers up

July 22, 2017

On the right track

India in on the right track towards improving environmental impact of train transportation. While the train is still powered by a diesel engine, 16 solar panels have been added to the roof of the train to provide power for internal lights, fans and other electrical systems. The solar panels will reduce diesel consumption by 21,000 litres a year, providing an offset of carbon emissions by nine tonnes a year. Watch a video and read Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith’s article India launches first solar-panelled train in bid to cut down diesel use for more information.

July 21, 2017

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Doing our part

T.H. Culhane, founder of the global nonprofit Solar C.³I.T.I.E.S., shares insights on sustainability’s future and the role we each can play.

What’s the Answer to a Sustainable Future? We Are.

July 20, 2017

Power through the night

New thermal plants that use mirrors to concentrate heat on water, turning it to steam to drive a turbine, are proving that solar can be productive through the night. The heat is stored in molten salt, which can be used later, and is much more efficient than storing in batteries, which have a limited storage capacity.

Cheap solar energy plants to spread throughout Middle East

July 19, 2017

Clean vs dirty energy

Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, provides insight into Why Renewable Energy Will Replace Fossil Fuels. The issue is not if, but when. And the sooner the better.

July 18, 2017

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Are fossil fuels on the way out?

In May of this year thousands of people attended over 260 events in 45 countries on six continents during the Global Divestment Mobilisation (GDM). Everyday people, like you and me, are stepping up and saying “No more fossil fuel investments!” You can read the full story in Hoda Baraka’s article The Global Movement To Divest From Fossil Fuels Is Unstoppable.

July 17, 2017

The low down on solar

Ever wonder what are the benefits of solar power? Karla Lant lays it out in her article Solar Power is Saving Dollars — and Lives. You will be amazed to see what the true benefits are!

July 16, 2017

Let there be light…

In a small village in India, villagers finally have electricity thanks to the social enterprise start-up company – Oorja. A mini eight-kWh solar energy grid built by Oorja provides power to around 1,000 people. Clementine Chambon, a final year PhD student, heads the program, and they plan on building at least a dozen more systems to other villages in the area that currently have no electric service.

UK Student Clementine Chambon Uses Solar Power To Light Up Indian Village

July 15, 2017

Investors are seeing the light

For the first time in history, more money is being invested in electricity than oil. The reason? The trend towards “electrifying” everything, from cars to houses to buildings.

Gregory Brew provides an interesting perspective in his article Falling Costs Push Renewable Investment Ahead Of Fossil Fuels

July 14, 2017

A brilliant solution

The Airline industry is looking towards biofuel as a solution to help reduce their environmental impact. Growing crops for biofuel is considered a problem though, taking up too much land and water that could be used for food crops.

A new project developed through the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium in Abu Dhabi offers a solution that is absolutely brilliant.

Where? In the desert of all places! John Mathews covers the details in his article Could a solution to reducing aviation emissions be found in the Arabian Desert?

July 13, 2017

What does mud, algae, and temperature change have to do with energy?

The search to find new sustainable energy sources is leading us down paths never before considered. What will they think of next?

Maxx Chatsko covers some new developments in his insightful article 7 Wacky Sources of Alternative Energy

July 12, 2017

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Cashing in on Green Investments

Now is a great time to invest in green. If you are thinking about investing money you should definitely read Kerry Hannon’s article before you do. What you need to know if you want to invest in green bonds

July 11, 2017

Smart Business

It is refreshing to see large corporations like Shell realizing the future is in renewables, and making the change and investments to move away from oil.

Why Oil Giant Shell Announced It Will Invest $1 Billion in Clean Energy
by Jack Crosbie.

July 10, 2017

Great short video highlights how the solar industry is growing and why this is good!

July 9, 2017

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Creative Wastewater Management

An innovative company developed a way to use algae to clean and filter wastewater. Their process removes nitrogen and phosphorous, keeping waterways from being inundated with the compounds that starve fish and plant life of oxygen. The end product, nitrogen and phosphorous enriched algae is a marketable product sold as fertilizer and biofuel. Another win-win for the environment!

Read David Erickson’s full story Company uses wastewater and algae for biofuel, fertilizer

July 8, 2017

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Fly the friendlier skies

Airlines have a bad rap when it comes to polluting the skies. One airlines is taking major steps to reduce the amount of pollution that they create. Ramsey Qubein covers the many different ways airlines can make an environmental improvement when they set their minds to it in his article The Many Ways One Airline Is Becoming More Eco-Friendly

July 7, 2017

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How much can India save in energy costs by adopting new energy saving technologies?

Venture start-ups are leading the way to reducing energy waste, in the range of annual savings of $8.9 billion. Read Suparna Dutt D’Cunha’s article to find out how they are doing it. These Startups Are Using Big Data And Smart Tech To Ease The Pressure On India’s Electricity Grid

July 6, 2017

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Playing the stock market

Historically clean energy investments have been been a little shaky. As more and more people turn to green energy, will that stabilize and boost clean energy stock returns?

Jason Hill has some answers in his article 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful of a Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Stock Turnaround

July 5, 2017

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Alternative energy use continues to rise and become profitable

A recent National Geographic article highlights the latest Bloomberg Energy Report which concluded that renewable energy will soon be more profitable than coal or oil.

The energy transition will soon surf the wave of profitability.

Solar Energy Soon to Surf the Wave of Profitability

July 4, 2017

Benefits from The Clean Air Act

Numbers tell the story: Gross Domestic Product in the U.S. has grown 246 percent over the life of the Clean Air Act while at the same time pollutants have been reduced 71 percent. Read the full story by Mandy Warner Cleaning the air saves lives and creates an engine for job growth

July 3, 2017

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How do you deal with rising oceans?

In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity.

An uplifting story of how this country is dealing with climate change.

Read Micheal Kimmelman’s story The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.

July 2, 2017

What happens when you have too much solar power?

California has a unique problem, some days they soak up to much solar power. So what do they do with it? Ivan Penn covers the story in his article California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it

July 1, 2017

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Increased jobs, saving money and the environment

Tennessee Valley Authority, also known as TVA, is the largest utility company in America.

A recent interview with TVA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Brenda Brickhouse provides an inspirational look at how they are dealing with climate change. Sustainability a Key to TVA’s Lower Carbon Future