Over 100 cities around the globe run mostly on renewable energy

February 27, 2018 by  
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A new report shows that over 100 cities around the world are running on predominantly clean energy . That figure is up from just 40 in 2015, and it shows that more and more cities – from Seattle, Washington to Inje, South Korea – are ditching fossil fuels and turning to renewables than ever before. According to a report from CDP , more than 100 cities across the globe get 70% or more of their energy from wind, solar, hydro and biomass. Some cities are even getting 100% of their energy from renewable sources, like Burlington, Vermont, which became the first US city to move completely to renewables. 58 other cities in the US have joined the growing #WeAreStillIn movement and pledged to transition completely to renewables. Related: Burlington, Vermont Now Runs on 100% Renewable Energy At the same time, electricity demand is decreasing. Thanks to a shift in heavy industry moving outside of the US, more efficient lights and appliances , and more on-site power, people in the US are using less electricity. As a result, for the first time in a century, electricity demand is stagnant – and utilities are beginning to panic. Via Vox and Earther Images via Deposit Photos ( 1 , 2 )

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In Germany, Renewable Energy Surpasses Nuclear and Coal Energy For First Time

December 19, 2011 by  
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In 2011, Germany finally saw their renewable energy production top that of almost all other sources of energy, including nuclear, hard-coal and gas-fired power plants.  The only other energy generation source greater than the renewable energy mix was lignite-fired power. According to a report from German utility BDEW, renewable energy accounted for 20 percent of the country’s total energy output, up from 16.4 percent last year.  Lignite-fired output produced 24.6 percent of the electricity. Nuclear power is dropping off in the country since Chancellor Merkel closed the eight oldest reactors this past year after the Fukushima catastrophe.  Nuclear represented 17.4 percent of the country’s electricity load, down from 22.4 percent last year and the country plans to step away from the energy source completely by 2022. via Bloomberg Businessweek

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Will Sustainable Products Really Be Mainstream by 2020?

October 13, 2011 by  
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From electric cars not being cost competitive until 2030 to video conferencing being worth $3.6bn by 2016 , the green business world is full of predictions and prophecies—most of which should be taken with a hefty dose of uncertainty. Nevertheless, a report from Forum for the Future arguing that sustainable products will be mainstream by 2020 sh… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Permaculture Video Legend to Trash CFLs. Needs Your Help. (Video)

October 13, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Paul Wheaton/Kickstarter I’ve confessed before that I am a little obsessed with Paul Wheaton’s permaculture-themed YouTube channel . From rocket mass stoves through tiny houses to

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Power Grid To Struggle With Off-Peak Renewable Energy Demand?

August 4, 2011 by  
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One major concern for many countries has been how to make their existing power grids ‘smarter’ so that they are more compatible with renewable forms of energy. However a report from MIT has stated that despite the increase in ‘smart meters’ (that allow people to see electricity cost fluctuations in real-time), a rise in demand could overload the power grid. Read the rest of Power Grid To Struggle With Off-Peak Renewable Energy Demand? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: MIT renewable energy power grid , MIT smart grid , off peak energy demand , renewable energy power grid , smart grid overload

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VIDEO: Dude Goes Water Skiing On a Recycled Couch

August 4, 2011 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. You may know how to couch surf, but we bet you haven’t couch water skied yet. We spotted this inventive example of furniture reuse and couldn’t help but admire the engineering prowess and skill the rider displays, all while drinking a cold one. The adaptive reuse of furniture is great; we’ve showcased a couch turned into a car , a bike , and now a water-worthy form of transportation – if it ever makes it back to shore in one piece. Read the rest of VIDEO: Dude Goes Water Skiing On a Recycled Couch Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: converted couch , couch skiing , couch surfing , furniture conversion , green transportation , water skiing

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Japanese Whalers Suffer Injuries From Acid

February 12, 2010 by  
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Members of the goup Sea Shepherd prepare to launch acid at a whaling ship. Photo via Divulgação / AP According to a report from the news agency EFE , yesterday three crewmembers of a Japanese whaling ship suffered injuries from corrosive acid thrown at them by protesters from the anti-whaling group,

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Want To Save $9,242? Ride Public Transportation

January 20, 2010 by  
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There are lots of ways to save money, even though human brains seem hard wired to waste as much of it as possible.

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Caterham Considering Race-Worthy EV

January 20, 2010 by  
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There are hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of small niche-market car makers across the globe. Some cater to the extremely wealthy, while others are more dedicated to the pursuit of performance. But as the global market shifts away from petrol and towards electric cars even these smaller shops are considering EV projects

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Mercedes and Renault Working on New Small Car Platform

November 25, 2009 by  
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According to a report from Autocar UK, Renault and Mercedes are teaming up to design a new, modular small car platform that will form the basis for a new Smart Car, a new Renault City car and the upcoming Renault Twizy EV . In addition, the two companies are jointly developing new engine platforms to power these vehicles—well, the gas versions anyway

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