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      National Geographic: 360 Energy Diet

      • Summing Up Round Three of the Energy Diet
        Now that third round of the 360º Energy Diet has come to an end, we can sum up the highlights as yet another group of dieters from diverse locations around the world showed how a little bit of attention can lead to a great deal of change when it com…
        - 6 Jan 12, 12:50pm -
      • Part of a Whole
        It’s hard to believe that I have been dieting for 8 weeks and not seen any results. I’ve been going to the gym and everything. Stupid cookies. Blast you, eggnog. Oh wait, we’re talking about energy dieting, aren’t we? Oh riiiiight. That’s a…
        - 15 Dec 11, 2:48pm -
      • What I Have Learned
        As we come to the conclusion of the Energy Diet, it’s time to look back on our efforts and try to identify the main take-home message for each one of us. Unexpectedly, through I have introduced several practical changes in the way I interact with m…
        - 15 Dec 11, 12:46pm -
      • In Matters of Climate Change We Must All Dig for Victory

        In Matters of Climate Change We Must All Dig for Victory

        I found myself tracking the COP17 climate talks this year with a heavy heart. It is shameful the way world leaders have acted to stall and block any meaningful progression on a solid, legally binding global plan to cut carbon emissions. It is complet…
        - 13 Dec 11, 3:50pm -
      • Make a Difference

        Make a Difference

        So the energy diet is nearing the end, and in the 8 weeks I’ve managed to complete a number of tasks showing that I can make a difference and reduce my energy usage and more importantly, wastage. The initial score at the start of the diet was 235 p…
        - 13 Dec 11, 3:41pm -
      • Not the End, Only the Beginning!
        We have reached the end! At the beginning of the 360° Energy Diet we considered two main objectives: 1. Succeed in distribution to our family and friends, by example, good practices to reduce carbon footprint in our homes 2. Of all the actions we to…
        - 13 Dec 11, 12:04pm -
      • Canada’s Wrong Choice
        This week, Canada withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol. A shame for a country like Canada, once seen as innovative and socially responsible. A shame considering our politicians used an old and false paradigm for their propaganda: reducing greenhouse gas…
        - 13 Dec 11, 11:26am -
      • Worst Examples of Energy Waste: Your Answers

        Worst Examples of Energy Waste: Your Answers

        At the core of the 360º Energy Diet lies the assumption that we all have areas where we could cut back on energy use, no matter how “green” we think we are. This week on Twitter, National Geographic asked: What is the worst example of energy was…
        - 9 Dec 11, 5:16pm -
      • An Inconvenient Truth
        After last week’s post encouraging everyone to “green” up their holidays, I’m ashamed to admit that I have not been practicing what I preach. Between all of the Christmas cards written and stamped, the oven working overtime turning out dozens…
        - 9 Dec 11, 2:15pm -
      • Local Is Lekker

        Local Is Lekker

        To non-South Africans, “Local is Lekker” is a common phrase meaning the things close to home are often the best. Lekker (adjective) actually means delicious, but is also used to describe something as nice, cool, awesome and many more similar desc…
        - 7 Dec 11, 10:43am -

      The Great Energy Challenge

      • The Future of Coal Passes Through Kosovo

        The Future of Coal Passes Through Kosovo

        In 2013, the World Bank pledged to stop loaning money for new coal energy projects, unless no financially feasible alternatives exist. President Obama has said the same for the United States, in a 2013 speech: “I’m calling for an end of public fi…
        - 15 Apr 15, 12:05pm -
      • Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in Jakarta

        Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in Jakarta

        By Jon HeggieSome of Indonesia's foremost thought leaders on sustainability, energy and environment convened in Jakarta for "Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in Jakarta," a roundtable discussion on how we plan, create and manage t…
        - 31 Mar 15, 11:07am -
      • New U.S. Fracking Rules Earn Disdain from Both Sides—and a Lawsuit

        New U.S. Fracking Rules Earn Disdain from Both Sides—and a Lawsuit

        No sooner had the Interior Department released new fracking rules for public lands on Friday than industry groups announced a lawsuit to halt what they called “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.” The new regulations pertain to hydraulic frac…
        - 20 Mar 15, 2:41pm -
      • The Value of Sugar Palm in Indonesia

        The Value of Sugar Palm in Indonesia

        When conservationist Willie Smits got married in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 1980, the dowry cost six sugar palm trees, a fact that intrigued him. The six trees equaled almost one month’s income for most locals. What made sugar palms so valuable?…
        - 18 Mar 15, 11:03am -
      • Cheap Oil Won’t Stop Gulf of Mexico’s Resurgence

        Cheap Oil Won’t Stop Gulf of Mexico’s Resurgence

        Nearly five year after the worst oil spill in U.S. history occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, oil production in the region is once again on the upswing.
        - 3 Mar 15, 4:03pm -
      • Tracing the Northern Gateway: View from the East

        Tracing the Northern Gateway: View from the East

        Standing on the outskirts of Edmonton and looking northeast, a cluster of twinkling lights amid tall silvery smokestacks puffing out steam and smoke rises up out of the horizon. Driving northeast towards those lights, following along the North Saskat…
        - 25 Feb 15, 2:19pm -
      • Obama’s Keystone Veto Elicits GOP Outcry—and Hollywood Applause

        Obama’s Keystone Veto Elicits GOP Outcry—and Hollywood Applause

        Obama's veto gets criticism from Keystone supporters but praise from Hollywood A-listers such as best-actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore.
        - 24 Feb 15, 6:14pm -
      • U.S. Homes Are Getting Bigger, Again, But More Energy Efficient

        U.S. Homes Are Getting Bigger, Again, But More Energy Efficient

        After a downsizing during the Great Recession, U.S. homes are once again upsizing and using more energy—though less per square foot.
        - 18 Feb 15, 11:42am -
      • Keystone Pipeline Has New Headaches – Beyond Washington

        Keystone Pipeline Has New Headaches – Beyond Washington

        The never-ending saga of the Keystone XL pipeline has new obstacles to overcome that go beyond Washington politics.
        - 17 Feb 15, 4:51pm -
      • Fiery Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia Involves Newer Tank Cars

        Fiery Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia Involves Newer Tank Cars

        Another train carrying crude oil has derailed in the United States—this one erupting in flames in West Virginia. Yet it involved newer and supposedly tougher tank cars than are typically used in the rail industry, which is now facing stricter U.S.…
        - 17 Feb 15, 11:59am -
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      Phys.org: Energy & Green Tech

      • newAI technology can predict vanadium flow battery performance and cost

        AI technology can predict vanadium flow battery performance and cost

        Vanadium flow batteries (VFBs) are promising for stationary large-scale energy storage due to their high safety, long cycle life, and high efficiency.
        - 7 hours ago, 28 Sep 20, 1:09pm -
      • newScientists explore optimal shapes of thermal energy storage

        Scientists explore optimal shapes of thermal energy storage

        Scientists from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), and the Institute of Automation and Control Processes of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IACP FEB RAS) have studied a correlation between the shape of thermal energy st…
        - 7 hours ago, 28 Sep 20, 1:09pm -
      • newResearchers close to turning point with solar power research

        Researchers close to turning point with solar power research

        Dr. Nathaniel Davis from Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington's School of Chemical and Physical Sciences says he and his research team are at a significant turning point in their solar power research.
        - 10 hours ago, 28 Sep 20, 10:05am -
      • newWind forecasts power up for reliable energy production

        Wind forecasts power up for reliable energy production

        Optimizing the integration of wind energy into a country's power network requires reliable forecasts of how wind speed and direction are likely to vary in time and space over the pending few hours. KAUST researchers have now developed a statistical m…
        - 10 hours ago, 28 Sep 20, 10:03am -
      • newCommercial battery cells that can monitor their own chemical and thermal state

        Commercial battery cells that can monitor their own chemical and thermal state

        Battery technology can sometimes be unstable and volatile, two characteristics that impair its safety and reliability. Actively monitoring the chemical and thermal state of battery cells over time could help to detect changes that may cause incidents…
        - 11 hours ago, 28 Sep 20, 9:30am -
      • newHow waste CO2 is helping to turn renewable energy into liquid fuel

        How waste CO2 is helping to turn renewable energy into liquid fuel

        Storing power generated by strong winds or bright sunshine by turning it into liquid fuel such as methanol can help to ensure green energy does not go to waste, without having to rely on batteries.
        - 13 hours ago, 28 Sep 20, 7:14am -
      • New storage battery more efficient and heat-resistant

        New storage battery more efficient and heat-resistant

        The share of energy from renewable sources is constantly on the rise in Germany. At the beginning of 2020, for the first time ever, renewable energy was able to cover more than half of the electricity consumed in Germany. But the more important renew…
        - 3 days ago, 25 Sep 20, 11:52am -
      • House backs bill to boost 'clean energy,' enhance efficiency

        House backs bill to boost 'clean energy,' enhance efficiency

        The House has approved a modest bill to promote "clean energy" and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming.
        - 4 days ago, 25 Sep 20, 4:02am -
      • California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

        California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

        California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emissi…
        - 5 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 3:07pm -
      • This tiny device can scavenge wind energy from the breeze you make when you walk

        This tiny device can scavenge wind energy from the breeze you make when you walk

        Most of the wind available on land is too gentle to push commercial wind turbine blades, but now researchers in China have designed a kind of "tiny wind turbine" that can scavenge wind energy from breezes as little as those created by a brisk walk. T…
        - 5 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 11:00am -

      Renewable Energy Magazine

      Scientific American: Alt Energy Tech

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      GreenBiz: Energy & Climate

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