Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in the world’s tropical regions, particularly Indonesian Borneo, is becoming an increasingly significant source of global carbon emissions, a new study says.
Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers from Stanford and Yale universities project that the continued expansion of plantations will add more than 558 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (more…)
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
The age of the fossil fuel is dying out, and the time for energy efficiency is rising. Thanks to a combination of the depletion of available fossil fuel resources and a global shift towards cleaner, greener fuels, it won’t be long before coal, oil and natural gas will be taught in school history lessons.
The focus instead has now shifted to renewable (more…)
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
The Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral cover in just 27 years, with most of that decline coming as a result of heavy storms, predation by crown-of-thorn starfish, and coral bleaching caused by warming ocean temperatures.
In a comprehensive survey of 214 reefs, researchers at the Australian Institute of Marine (more…)
Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Thanks to the Australian Government’s Indigenous Communication’s Program (ICP) Australians in the most remote indigenous regions are now able to connect to the outside world via solar powered satellite public phones. Activ8me.net.au, a leading company in the installation of these phones has come across numerous difficulties that are as wild (more…)
Monday, September 17th, 2012
The Japanese government says it will seek to phase out all nuclear power plants by 2040, although officials suggested that the target remains flexible.
The new energy strategy, which places a 40-year lifespan on nuclear reactors and limits construction of new plants, would continue a national shift away (more…)
Monday, September 10th, 2012
Water does weigh something; about 8.3 pounds per gallon. In research published this week, scientists from the National Oceanography Center and Newcastle University have proposed an idea that will assess the mass of the world ocean by weighing it at a single point. But there is a catch. Global sea level is currently rising at about 3 mm per year, but (more…)
Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Government officials in Guangzhou, China’s third-largest city, have enacted measures to limit the number of new cars on city streets, a policy some analysts say reflects a broader effort by Chinese cities to protect public health and well-being in the face of worsening highway congestion. (more…)
Thursday, August 30th, 2012
The government of India has approved a 230-billion rupee strategy ($4.13 billion) to spur increased production of electric and hybrid vehicles over the next eight years, setting a target of 6 million green vehicles by 2020.
The new plan, designed to reduce the nation’s (more…)
Friday, August 24th, 2012
First Solar Inc., the U.S.-based solar panel manufacturer, plans to expand its role in the global energy industry by developing solar power farms in India, where an emerging industrial sector is looking to shore up energy security in the aftermath of record blackouts.
The company aims to secure 20 percent of India’s (more…)
Monday, August 20th, 2012
The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China recently enacted a prioritized examination program for invention patent applications directed to a number of technology areas, including several categories of green technologies (see the translated program administrative measures here). (more…)