Germany, Denmark, and Belgium to boost offshore wind 5-fold within the next decade

June 12, 2017 by  
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Germany, Denmark, and Belgium just announced a landmark agreement to boost their offshore wind power capacity five fold within the next decade. This means that by the year 2027, the countries will increase energy generated via wind from 13.8 gigawatts to more than 60 gigawatts. Because the prices for offshore wind continue to decline (in 2016 alone, there was a 22 percent decrease ), the move is being hailed as an economic and environmental win. To accomplish the task, the governments of all three nations have pledged to work with more than 25 private companies, such as Dong Energy. As The Independent reports, Germany has already proven the viability wind power. In April, bids for offshore wind in Germany fell below the cost of conventional power for the first time — and without the benefit of government subsidies. Related: World’s largest offshore wind farm opens in The Netherlands The agreement, signed on Tuesday in London, builds on a partnership between 10 northern European countries to collaborate on cutting the cost of installing offshore wind turbines. The seven countries absent from the signing will be asked to support the new statement. Some delays are expected as several nations need to wait until after their general elections are held — such as the UK . “With this joint statement, leading businesses and governments are taking the next step by committing to cooperate on the deployment of big volumes for offshore wind energy,” said Giles Dickson, chief executive officer at WindEurope. “Today’s statement is a clear recognition of the strategic importance of offshore wind as a clean, competitive and reliable energy source for Europe.” Via The Independent Images via Pixabay

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LA’s Aliso Canyon methane gas leak has been plugged – for now

February 12, 2016 by  
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The Southern California Gas Company announced yesterday that the massive methane leak plaguing the suburbs of Los Angeles has finally been plugged , at least temporarily. The Aliso Canyon well leak, which was first reported October 23, put the area’s environment and residents in danger and forced thousands to evacuate their homes to escape illness. The utility hopes to seal the leak permanently within the next few days. Perhaps then, nearby residents will finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Read the rest of LA’s Aliso Canyon methane gas leak has been plugged – for now

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Elon Musk says Tesla will make fully autonomous models by 2018

January 12, 2016 by  
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It’s no secret that Tesla has been hard at work developing self-driving cars, but we haven’t heard much about when we can expect a fully autonomous Tesla model to be complete. Now, CEO Elon Musk has finally put a timeline on it, predicting that Tesla will have a truly self-driving car within the next two years . What’s more, he thinks it’ll be possible to call your car and it will be able to meet you—even if you’re on the opposite coast. Read the rest of Elon Musk says Tesla will make fully autonomous models by 2018

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Intensifying hurricane Joaquin may hit the U.S. this weekend, evoking memories of Sandy

October 1, 2015 by  
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Hurricane Joaquin prepares to slam the Bahamas today , but the storm is intensifying and could still pose a threat to the eastern United States coast within the next few days. The category 3 storm has been building steadily as wind speeds increase and the overall pace of the storm quickens. Residents up and down the East coast are watching closely, as the storm could shift its path in the coming days and potentially hit American soil much farther north than originally thought, leading some to draw up memories of Hurricane Sandy , which devastated the Northeast just three years ago. Read the rest of Intensifying hurricane Joaquin may hit the U.S. this weekend, evoking memories of Sandy

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Global snakebite antivenom supplies running out, tens of thousands of lives in danger

September 8, 2015 by  
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We’ve all heard examples of poor priorities in the healthcare industry leading to increased risks. Here’s one more. Global stockpiles of snakebite antivenom are diminishing , in large part because it’s not a profitable medicine. According to Médecins Sans Frontières , allowing the supplies to run low will endanger or possibly even cost the lives of tens of thousands of people in Sub-Saharan Africa. If nothing is done, the supplies could run out within the next year. Read the rest of Global snakebite antivenom supplies running out, tens of thousands of lives in danger

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Spectacular green-roofed modular Tangier Bay Housing offers enviable views of the Atlantic

September 8, 2015 by  
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South Napa Earthquake Cracks Open New Fears of ‘The Big One’

August 27, 2014 by  
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The South Napa earthquake that struck northern California on Sunday has cracked open new fears among state residents that “the big one” is imminent. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake was the largest to strike the region in 25 years, and offers a painful reminder that the San Andreas Fault is overdue for a powerful rupture. Experts caution that it’s impossible to predict exactly when the big one will occur, but there’s a good possibility that it could happen within the next three decades. Read the rest of South Napa Earthquake Cracks Open New Fears of ‘The Big One’ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 1857 earthquake , earthquake , environmental destruction , natural disasters , San Andreas fault , san francisco earthquake , south napa earthquake , the big one , us geological survey

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Navy Demonstrates Fuel From Seawater Production

May 7, 2014 by  
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A team of US Navy research scientists has developed a method to produce liquid fuel from seawater, using CO2 and hydrogen extracted from the ocean and then processed with a metal catalyst to produce liquid fuel. As a demonstration of the concept, an unmodified scale airplane has been flown with the seawater fuel. The concentration of CO2 is about 140 times higher in seawater than it is in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen are the two feedstocks needed to make hydrocarbons. The process relies on “an iron-based catalyst [which] has been developed that can achieve CO2 conversion levels up to 60 percent and decrease unwanted methane production in favor of longer-chain unsaturated hydrocarbons (olefins).” The process is claimed to be the first technology of this type with the potential for commercial implementation. “The predicted cost of jet fuel using these technologies is in the range of $3-$6 per gallon, and with sufficient funding and partnerships, this approach could be commercially viable within the next seven to ten years.” video clip: Flight with Seawater Fuel image credits: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

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Scientists Could Develop 3D-Printed Hearts Within 10 Years

November 21, 2013 by  
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There is a revolution underway, but it has nothing to do with politics. Stuart Williams, a researcher from the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute , believes that advances in 3D-printing could culminate in a ‘bioficial’ heart within the next 10 years. Williams describes the process as taking a three-dimensional structure “and essentially cloning it, using a printer.” Read the rest of Scientists Could Develop 3D-Printed Hearts Within 10 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed heart , 3d printer , 3D printing , 3d Technology , 3d-printed hearts in 10 years , 3d-printing human hearts , bioficial heart , Cardiovascular Innovation Institute , printing human hearts , Stuart Williams        

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Lloyd’s of London Report Forsees Disaster in Arctic Development and Drilling

April 12, 2012 by  
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Lloyd’s of London market and the Royal Institute of International Affairs have released a new report which  predicts huge risks for those looking to invest in the Arctic. The companies believe that if economic development ramps up in the region — with estimated investments reaching $100 million within the next decade — the lack of infrastructure and gaps of knowledge about the most northernmost part of the globe could outweigh the economic benefits of their projects. To that end, Lloyd’s chief executive officer advises companies interested in the region to “step back” and think about the long term consequences of their pipeline projects, which range from oil exploration to fisheries. Read the rest of Lloyd’s of London Report Forsees Disaster in Arctic Development and Drilling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic , Arctic Council , arctic exploration , canada , environmental destruction , greenland , lloyds of london , offshore drilling , oil exploration

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