China is building a giant solar plant at Chernobyl

November 22, 2016 by  
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A new solar summer rises from the ashes of nuclear winter. Two Chinese energy firms will be constructing a new solar power plant in the exclusion zone near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, which suffered a powerful explosion in 1986 that poisoned the surrounding area with nuclear radiation. “There will be remarkable social benefits and economic ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy,” said Shu Hua, the chairman of GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI), one of the firms tasked with the project. Making the best of a bad situation could prove inspiring to others as the global community begins the hard work of implementing the Paris Agreement. A 1,000 square mile exclusion zone of forests and marshland surrounds the former Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine and has been largely off-limits since the 1986 disaster. The reactor itself will be covered next year by a $1.6 billion steel arch. GCL-SI has not revealed details regarding where the new solar power plant will be built or how much it will cost. However, GCL-SI management states that the project will be safe for workers. “Ukraine has passed a law allowing the site to be developed for agriculture and other things, so that means (the radiation) is under control,” said a manager who spoke anonymously. Related: China plans to meet 2020 emissions goal by tripling solar power capacity The Chinese firms in charge of building the solar power plant are attempting to build up an international presence and reputation for clean energy excellence. Even before their Chernobyl project, the Chinese have successfully reformatted contaminated land into renewable energy generators. To discourage urban expansion from absorbing more farmland, China has implemented policies that encourage solar and wind power plants on damaged land, including in Shanxi, the country’s top coal province. With 43 gigawatts of generating capacity expected by the end of the year, China is currently the world’s top solar power generator. In the race towards global energy dominance, China is also well ahead. 72 percent of the global solar power components produced in 2015 were made in the People’s Republic. Via Reuters Images via Stefan Krasowski  and Alex Lang

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Oklahoma earthquake activity up 4000%, locals sue oil and gas companies

November 22, 2016 by  
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Earthquake activity in Oklahoma has increased by around 4,000 percent over the past eight years, according to Carnegie Mellon University . Concerned about the dramatic rise, Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh researchers published two studies scrutinizing the connection between heightened seismic activity and wastewater injection into the earth after hydraulic fracturing, or fracking . Meanwhile, Oklahoma residents are suing 27 natural gas and oil companies over earthquake damage. Just in 2015, Oklahoma residents experienced 907 quakes with a magnitude of 3 or higher , up from 585 the year before and just 109 in 2013. A spike in earthquakes combined with what researchers call an impressive monitoring network afforded a prime opportunity to study the earthquakes. There are a couple of reasons why wastewater disposal after fracking might be causing all that seismic activity. Related: USGS, EPA investigate link between underground wastewater disposal and Oklahoma’s largest earthquake The report’s lead author, Pengyun Wang of Carnegie Mellon University, said fluid diffusion can reach stressed fault lines, which can slip and cause earthquakes. Or if the wastewater enters an underground reservoir close to a fault line, the new increased weight of the reservoir can stress those fault lines. Wang hoped their findings might be useful for both regulators and Oklahoma residents. He said, “If local residents of the area are experiencing the negative effects of increased seismicity and want to do something about it, without scientific evidence like this, these people might be powerless to argue against the owners of the wells. But if you can somehow give them evidence, I think it can improve overall awareness of the issue.” Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America published the studies online here and here . Pawnee, Oklahoma citizens are taking the issue to court; they’re suing 27 natural gas and oil companies over earthquake damage. The beleaguered town has been racked with almost 800 earthquakes in a year. Many homes have been damaged, but insurance claims have been rejected because homeowners insurance doesn’t always include coverage for earthquakes. The lawsuit says the oil and gas companies have showed “reckless disregard for public or private safety.” Just today, the United States Geological Survey reported yet another earthquake near Cushing, Oklahoma, that measured 4.0 on the Richter scale. Via Phys.org and Grist Images via OakleyOriginals on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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China Becomes World’s First Nation to Install 3 GW of Utility-Scale Solar Power!

July 17, 2013 by  
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China just secured its position as the world leader in solar power by installing a record 3 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power. The nation has constructed 40 new solar plants (with over 1 GW of production capacity) since December 2012, surpassing Germany as top solar producer in the world. China now operates an astounding 132 utility-scale  solar plants . Read the rest of China Becomes World’s First Nation to Install 3 GW of Utility-Scale Solar Power! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , 3gw solar power , China Reaches 3 GW Solar Power , China solar Milestone 2013 , china solar power , Chinese solar power , green energy , highest solar production , Most solar energy in the world , most worldwide solar production , renewable energy investments , solar investments , Solar Power        

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Top 6 Green Bike Accessories for a Safer, More Comfortable Ride

July 17, 2013 by  
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