China orders a halt to over 100 coal-fired power plants

January 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on China orders a halt to over 100 coal-fired power plants

While one US state works to support coal power by banning renewable energy , the Chinese government has ordered the closure of over 100 coal power plants in an effort to improve air quality and reduce fossil fuel use. Reuters reports that the plants’ combined capacity is over 100 gigawatts of power, and they’re worth a total of 430 billion yuan, or $62 billion U.S. As Reuters notes, the move to suspend these projects represents a major advancement in the government’s plan to kick the country’s coal habit and generate more power from renewables. Currently, the majority of China’s energy comes from coal-fired plants. It also echoes another move last year, when the Chinese government announced it would either eliminate or delay at least 150 gigawatts of coal-fired power projects between 2016 and 2020, while putting a 1,100 gigawatt cap on total coal power generation. Add to this the fact that China is installing an extra 130 gigawatts of solar and wind power by 2020, and it’s clear that China is serious about finding alternatives to coal. Some of the coal plants will eventually go ahead, but they will replace existing facilities that are coming to the end of their lives – and no new plants will be built until 2025. Related: China to spend $361 billion on renewable energy projects by 2020 It’s no doubt that the shift away from coal power will help the country deal with massive air quality issues that regularly shut down Beijing and other large cities. Unsurprisingly, Greenpeace is in favor of the move. “Stopping under-construction projects seems wasteful and costly, but spending money and resources to finish these completely unneeded plants would be even more wasteful,” the NGO said in a statement to Reuters. Via Reuters Images via Herry Lawford , our-planet , and Dr. Bernd Gross  

Read the original post:
China orders a halt to over 100 coal-fired power plants

Angry about Trumps inauguration? Here are 5 events you can attend this week

January 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Angry about Trumps inauguration? Here are 5 events you can attend this week

If you’re at all concerned about the environment, it should go without saying that you’re probably unhappy about a Donald Trump presidency. Even before being sworn into office, it’s clear he wants to promote the interests of fossil fuel companies and couldn’t care less about climate change . While there may be nothing you can do to prevent him from taking office now that the election is over, that doesn’t mean you have to quietly accept his inauguration. If you’re angry about the beginning of Trump’s term, here are five events you can attend this week to share your feelings. January 19: Reclaim Our Schools Day of Action Had enough of Trump’s assault on teachers and public schools? So have the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, which have teamed up to form a new group called the National Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools. On the 19th, they’re staging a national day of action to defend our education system from Trump and his anti-education cabinet picks. They’re planning to stage actions in cities around the country. Visit the Reclaim Our Schools website to sign up and find out about protests in your area. January 19: Busboys and Poets Peace Ball Maybe a straight-up protest isn’t your style – maybe you’d rather look back at the many successes of the Obama years and appreciate how far we’ve come. If that sounds like your scene, then you’re going to love the Busboys and Poets Peace Ball scheduled at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Celebrities, authors, and political organizers including Solange, Alice Walker, Amy Goodman, and Alicia Garza will be in attendance, so if you’ll be in the area, it might be worth hunting for a ticket. January 20: #InaugurateTheResistance Another event for those of you in D.C. to consider is the inauguration day mass protest at Freedom Plaza, held by the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition starting at 7 am. There are also a number of other groups speaking out on the 20th, including the Occupy Movement and the Democratic Socialists of America . You could also join #DisruptJ20 , a group dedicated to disrupting the day’s ceremonies through peaceful civil disobedience. While you’re at it, be sure to check in with the DCMJ lobbying group , which is celebrating the legalization of marijuana in DC by handing out free joints. January 20: Student Walkouts If you’re a college student, check to find out if any groups on your campus are staging a walkout on inauguration day. (If not, there’s still a few days to organize one yourself!) Some of the major groups organizing the protests are Socialist Students and Students for a Democratic society . Visit their websites for more information and see if your city is participating in their events. January 21: Women’s March You don’t have to be in Washington to participate in this one, although the original Women’s March will be taking place there. With up to 200,000 people potentially attending, this is poised to be a massive event that will make headlines across the country. Sister marches are also planned in 386 cities across the US and worldwide , so chances are good there is one in your area if you’d like to make a show of solidarity. And don’t worry if you’re not a woman – despite the name, the event is welcoming of all gender identities . The goal of the march is to make a statement of support for women’s rights, which are already under assault by conservative politicians hoping to capitalize on Trump’s win. Simply put, if you believe women’s right are human rights, you’re welcome at the DC march or any of its sister events. No matter how you choose to make your voice heard, remember to stay alert and watch out for potential conflict with the police. This Lifehacker guide written during the Occupy protests is still relevant and has some valuable pointers on how to protest safely and legally. If you’re concerned your civil rights could be violated, study this helpful ACLU guide in advance. Be prepared, and stay safe. Photos via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

Read the original: 
Angry about Trumps inauguration? Here are 5 events you can attend this week

China plans to get 500GW of renewable electric power by 2020

December 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Eco, Eco Tech

Comments Off on China plans to get 500GW of renewable electric power by 2020

Eco Factor: 500GW of renewable electric power to be added to Chinese grid by 2020. The Chinese government has published an ambitious renewable energy plan for the next 10 years. The plan, which calls for a total of 500GW of renewable electrical power on the grid by 2020, will see a massive increase in the country’s current renewable energy sector

Go here to read the rest:
China plans to get 500GW of renewable electric power by 2020

US and China Invest $100 Million in Energy Research Partnership

September 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on US and China Invest $100 Million in Energy Research Partnership

As it turns out, the United States and China are going to walk hand in hand into the renewable energy future. Yesterday, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that the two countries have formed the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center and will both provide a total of $100 million dollars in funding to research to get both energy hungry countries on the path to a greener future. While the plan sounds like a green dream come true, there’s a twist — the problem with the new initiative is that a half of the cash is going to clean coal technology, something we know doesn’t exist

See the original post here: 
US and China Invest $100 Million in Energy Research Partnership

Stunning Hawaiian Residence Features Cyclone of Reclaimed Wood

September 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Stunning Hawaiian Residence Features Cyclone of Reclaimed Wood

Read the rest of Stunning Hawaiian Residence Features Cyclone of Reclaimed Wood http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , belzberg architects , eco design , eco residence , green architecture , Green Building , green design , hawaii , kona , natural ventilation , photovoltaics , rainwater collection , reclaimed wood , Solar Power , solar system , Sustainable Building

Excerpt from:
Stunning Hawaiian Residence Features Cyclone of Reclaimed Wood

Sakku.Traveler is a Stylish Solar Bag Made from Recycled Sails!

September 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Eco, Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Sakku.Traveler is a Stylish Solar Bag Made from Recycled Sails!

If you love cruising along the city streets on your two-wheeler or charging along the sidewalks on foot, what better way to take advantage of the outdoors than with this super practical solar bag?

See original here: 
Sakku.Traveler is a Stylish Solar Bag Made from Recycled Sails!

Bad Behavior has blocked 2292 access attempts in the last 7 days.