Britain sees first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution

April 24, 2017 by  
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For the first time since Thomas Edison opened the first power station in London in 1882, Great Britain functioned without any coal-fired power plants last Friday. The milestone marks the first continuous 24-hour period without coal since the Industrial Revolution. This isn’t the first time Britain has gone without coal for a significant chunk of the day, but before this, 19 hours was the longest continuous time that coal power was able to go offline. Instead of coal, National Grid relied on a mix of 50.3% gas, 21.2% nuclear, 12.2% wind, 8.3% imports, 6.7% biomass, and 3.6% solar on Friday. While natural gas still isn’t a completely clean power source, it’s nowhere near as polluting as coal , and nuclear power , while it has very real risks, doesn’t spew greenhouse gasses into the environment. In an ideal world, a larger portion of the nation’s energy would come from renewable sources, but for now, simply ditching coal for a day is an accomplishment to celebrate. Days like this will become more and more common as time goes on – in 2016, the UK relied on coal for just 9% of its electricity needs, down from 23% in 2015. By 2025, the country’s last coal power station is slated to close as part of the government’s promises to meet its climate change commitments. Related: European electricity sector pledges no new coal plants after 2020 However, it’s important to remember that eliminating coal is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions: the UK government (and, indeed, other governments around the world) still need to tackle the huge amount of carbon generated by other infrastructure and the country’s transportation system. Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )  

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France to shut down all coal power plants by 2023

November 18, 2016 by  
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In an announcement at the COP22 UN climate change conference this week, French president Francois Hollande stated that all of the country’s coal-fired power plants will be shuttered by 2023 . The move is part of an effort to achieve carbon neutrality in France by 2050. This shouldn’t be too hard to achieve, considering that the country already derives 75 percent of its power from nuclear energy . (Whether or not that’s an improvement is, of course, a hot topic of debate within the environmental community.) The new goal puts France ahead of the UK, which has promised to stop using fossil fuels to generate power by 2025. By comparison, Germany is dragging its feet with its national goal to cut greenhouse gassed by 95% by 2050. It turns out France isn’t looking too favorably on the President-elect Donald Trump, either. In response to reports that Trump will seek to withdraw from last year’s Paris agreement, Mr. Hollande emphasized that signing onto the treaty was “irreversible.” Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy went even further, suggesting that France should apply a “carbon import tax” on all US goods should Trump renege on the treaty. Related: French ban will outlaw all plastic utensils, cups and dishes by 2020 This isn’t the first time France has set ambitious environmental goals. The country recently banned plastic bags nationwide, announced an upcoming ban on plastic utensils, cups, and dishes by 2020, and began construction on a 28-mile bicycle superhighway to help commuters pedal easily across Paris. Via The Independent Images via UniversityBlogSpot and Andrew Hart

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Texas Wins Another Round in Legal Battle With EPA

March 29, 2012 by  
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On Tuesday a federal appeals court in Texas ruled against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and scolded the agency for rejecting state pollution controls. Federal regulators had claimed that the Texas codes fell short of meeting requirements of the Clean Air Act , but in a 32-page written opinion, Judge Jennifer Elrod of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and a George W. Bush appointee chastised the EPA for taking four years to review the Texas permits. Because federal regulators took longer than the statutory deadline of 18 months, the court ruled that the EPA must review the permits again. Read the rest of Texas Wins Another Round in Legal Battle With EPA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals , air pollution , clean air act , coal , coal-fired power plants , emissions , environmental protection agency , epa , greenhouse gasses , Jennifer Elrod , texas , Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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Midwest Utilities to Shutter 10 Fossil Fuel-Powered Plants In Response to New Regulations

March 1, 2012 by  
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Two midwest utility companies this week announced the closure of 10 coal and natural-gas fired power plants by 2015. The two utility companies, Midwest Generation and GenOn Energy , cited an inability to foresee a return on investment while facing necessary retrofits to comply with new EPA regulations on the reduction of mercury and other toxins. Two of the plants being closed are Fisk Generating Station and the Crawford Generating Station , both located on Chicago’s Southwest side. Read the rest of Midwest Utilities to Shutter 10 Fossil Fuel-Powered Plants In Response to New Regulations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chicago power plants , clean air act , coal-fired power plants , crawford generating station , epa mercury laws , epa mercury rules , fisk generating station , genon energy , midwest generation , midwest power plants

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SWITCH75 Liquid LED Light Bulb Named Edison Award Finalist

March 1, 2012 by  
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SWITCH Lighting has been named an Edison Gold Award Finalist after developing an LED light bulb that uses a liquid cooling technology. The unique liquid bulb’s innovative technology and beautiful design played a role in making it a strong contender for the award, as did the fact that it can be used in any current fixture and fitting. For this breakthrough, SWITCH has joined the prestigious ranks of companies such as Starbucks, Gillette, and Ford Motor Company, who have also been recipients of the award. Read the rest of SWITCH75 Liquid LED Light Bulb Named Edison Award Finalist Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Edison Awards , edison awards gold finalists , LED , LED bulbs , LED lights , SWITCH Lighting alternative energy , SWITCH Lighting award , SWITCH Lighting bulb , SWITCH Lighting Edison Awards , SWITCH Lighting Gold finalist , SWITCH Lighting LED bulb , SWITCH Lighting SWITCH75 , SWITCH75 Edison Awards , switch75 LED bulb

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Indonesia Plans to Harness 4,000 Megawatts of Power From Volcanoes

April 26, 2010 by  
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The Indonesian government recently announced plans to develop a hot new energy resource — real hot. The country’s leaders aim to generate 4,000 megawatts of geothermal energy from volcanoes by the year 2014.

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Ingredients in Hair Conditioners, Fabric Softeners Scrub CO2 from the Air

March 25, 2010 by  
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The solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants may be sitting in your cupboard. Scientists at GE Global Research found that aminosilicones –a group of materials found in household products like hair conditioners, fabric softeners and plastics– could trap CO2 emissions. Researchers hope that once fully developed, the materials could be used as part of a CO2 absorber system for flue gases emitted by coal-fired power plants.

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