Monday, February 29, 2016

Scientific breakthrough: carbon dioxide and water can be converted into liquid hydrocarbon fuels

Researches from University of Texas have proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can be used to drive this type of reaction.The process is simple, inexpensive and environmentally clean - a byproduct of the reaction is oxygen.

Friday, February 26, 2016

The worst man-made greenhouse gas disaster in U.S. history

The 112-day leak at the Aliso Canyon, California facility released about 5 billion cubic feet of methane into the atmosphere, making it by far the biggest single emitter of the gas anywhere in the country. The leak leak effect is equivalent to the annual exhaust emissions from nearly 600,000 cars.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

EDF Renewable Energy added 40 MW of battery storage

This is the first battery storage project in North America, reached commercial operation. The battery and power electronics were supplied by BYD America, consisting of 11 containerized units totaling 20 MW (22MVA) and is performing at expectation.

Monday, February 22, 2016

European Commission: energy saving to become priority "fuel"

EC Joint Research Centre's report states that by 2030, more energy will be saved than the amount of energy consumed deriving from oil. The report provides scientific evidence that transforming energy efficiency into a mechanism to reduce energy demand will ensure that the EU meets its objectives on security of supply, climate change and competitiveness in a decarbonising economy.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Web-based public consultation on a new British Columbia Climate Leadership Plan is launched

             B.C. Climate Leadership Team GHG emission forecast
B.C. government is currently working on a new Climate Leadership Plan, which is due out this spring. Environment Minister Mary Polak released the report of the province’s Climate Leadership Team, which members included experts from the business, academic and environmental communities as well as representatives from the provincial government, First Nations and local governments.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Renewables dominated new U.S. power capacity installations in 2015

Renewables accounted for over 69% of new power capacity, while wind power (40.9%), natural gas (30.5%) and solar power (25.9%) were major power sources.

Monday, February 15, 2016

World Economic Forum: climate change is a top global risk in terms of impact

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2016   is based on the annual survey, in which almost 750 experts assessed 29 separate global risks for both impact and likelihood over a 10-year time horizon. A failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation was found to be the risk with the greatest potential impact.

Friday, February 12, 2016

International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) membership has more than doubled in the last 4 years

In its recent report IRENA 2014-2015: At a Glance, Agency summarises programmatic activities, highlights key renewable energy developments and provides an overview of its global engagements. Worldwide, renewable energy power capacity has grown 85% over the past 10 years, constituting 30% of all installed power capacity.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Global versus local climate change: revelations of the NASA’s study

A more detailed investigation of the satellite observations and climate models during last 15 years helped the researchers finally reconcile what was happening globally versus locally. Scientists have long known that as Earth warms, it is able to restore its temperature equilibrium through a phenomenon known as the Planck Response.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Kazakhstan subsidizes development of green energy

The largest oil producer among former Soviet republics after Russia, is seeking to meet 3 percent of its energy needs from renewables by 2020 and 10 percent by 2030. Kazakhstan subsidizes renewable energy production to encourage investment in clean energy.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

42% electricity generated from wind - new world record set by Denmark


Danish state electricity provider Energinet confirmed that in 1,460 of 8,760 hours during the year, windmill production actually exceeded the domestic power needs of the country. The Danish parliament established a goal to achieve at least half of its electric power from wind by 2020. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Carbon pricing already works around the world

Nearly 40 nations around the world, including the 28-member European Union, and many smaller jurisdictions are engaged in some form of carbon pricing.