Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Another inspiring story about solar power benefitting the people who need it most: people living in emerging countries, in areas without grid connection and where often dirty kerosene is the only option.
The UK Guardian newspaper has run a story about the arrival of solar panels at a small village in Sullia (more…)
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Kyoto Journal, a publication whose main premise is offer an alternative view of Asian culture, started a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to finance a publication called Fresh Currents. The publication will come out in print and PDF and will be distributed to key policymakers, local government officials, community leaders, educators and media outlets. (more…)
Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Oddly enough, compressed air powered vehicles have been around for a very long time. The first mechanically powered submarine, the 1863 Plongeur, used a compressed-air engine. The Victor Tatin airplane of 1879 also used a compressed-air engine for propulsion. Compressed air even used to be the standard for naval torpedoes. But an air powered (more…)
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
Japan’s struggle over its energy future was on display over the last two days as the government okayed restarting operations at two nuclear power plants while also approving an ambitious renewable energy feed-in tariff in which utilities will pay a premium for electricity generated by solar, wind, and geothermal power. (more…)
Monday, June 18th, 2012
In previous posts (here, here and here), I discussed the IP litigation in China between American Superconductor (AMSC) and Chinese wind energy system maker Sinovel.
Recharge reports that China’s Supreme People’s Court recently agreed to hear AMSC’s appeal in one (more…)
Friday, June 15th, 2012
Australia has announced that it will create the world’s largest marine reserve, a network of protected areas that will cover 1.2 million square miles, more than one-third of the country’s waters.
Environment Minister Tony Burke, making the announcement in advance of the Rio+20 sustainability (more…)
Monday, June 4th, 2012
Japanese officials say they may have to scrap long-term targets for carbon emissions reductions as a consequence of moving away from nuclear power in the aftermath of last year’s Fukushima disaster.
According to the Japan Times, government officials this week conceded that goals to cut carbon (more…)
Friday, June 1st, 2012
On the heels of a decision that imposed a tariff of up to 35 percent on some Chinese solar panel manufacturers, the U.S. Department of Commerce has now ruled that wind turbine towers made in China also benefited from unfair subsidies and has imposed duties ranging from 13.7 to 26 percent on those towers. (more…)
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
The traffic lights are still blinking in Odaka town, north-western Japan, but few cars pass through these deserted intersections. Frozen in time after being hit by the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and meltdowns in the nearby Fukushima Dai’ichi nuclear plant, tables are still laid in partially-collapsed restaurants and (more…)
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan, including some potentially toxic materials, is increasingly being discovered along the Alaska coastline.
Since January, millions of pieces of debris have washed ashore along the Alaska coast, from soccer balls and buoys to motorcycles and large drums (more…)