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Solar Ovens Serve Up Yummy Food Almost Anywhere

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018

For an Earth-friendly epicurean treat, switch off your stove and step outside. Permit the sun to help with dinner. No electricity, firewood or propane is required. All you need is sunshine and a solar oven to whip up such enticing fare as orzo stuffed peppers, eggplant Parmesan, and perhaps s’mores for dessert. “I use […]

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Regreening Ethiopia’s drylands

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Drylands in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, home to more than 4.3 million people, are being restored on a massive scale. Villagers volunteer for 20 days each year to help make it happen ‘We are people who live through work.’ OK, as national anthem lyrics go, it may not be the punchiest. But Ethiopians […]

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Green buses: you wait for one, then 9,500 turn up (in China)

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Every five weeks, 9,500 brand new electric buses take to the roads in China China is now adding an electric bus fleet the same size as London’s entire working fleet every five weeks, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. If cities in the country continue to add 9,500 of the zero-emission […]

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Confluence Park’s new solar-powered pavilions collect rainwater and provide shade from the summer sun

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018

San Antonio’s idyllic Confluence Park just became a little greener and more scenic, thanks to a collaboration between firms Lake Flato and Matsys Design with the support of landscape architect Rialto Studio. The riverfront park now boasts sweeping sculptural pavilions that provide shade from the fierce Texas sun as well as an elegant method for collecting rainwater. Confluence […]

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Detailed plans announced for organic agriculture

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

At the closing of a meeting on organic agriculture in France, Stéphane Travert, French Minister of Agriculture, unveiled the completed Organic Ambition 2022 plan, announced earlier this year. The plan is a more complete version of a roadmap released this spring, and is organized around seven major axes. Here is summary of the overall […]

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This island nation is making the fastest-ever shift to renewables

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Like most islands, Palau, a Pacific island nation that bills itself as a pristine paradise, currently relies on diesel fuel to supply almost all of its electricity. It’s both polluting and expensive; residents pay more than twice as much per kilowatt-hour than an average American, even though someone earning minimum wage there only makes around […]

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How Penzance became Britain’s first ever plastic-free town

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Emily Kavanaugh is standing in her skincare-product shop, Pure Nuff Stuff, on Chapel Street. The narrow lane leads down towards the Jubilee pool, the triangular lido that juts like a ship’s prow into the sea from Penzance. “Here, try one,” Kavanaugh says, handing me a piece of packing material. The little white cloud looks and […]

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Bacteria-Powered Solar Cells Make Electricity Even With Cloudy Skies

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have come up with an ingenious solution to the problem of overcast skies for solar cells. They have constructed bacteria-powered solar cells that work efficiently in both dim and bright light. The field of solar cells […]

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Sir David Attenborough launches polar ship

Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Sir David Attenborough has launched the 10,000-tonne hull of the UK’s newest polar ship – named after him – into the River Mersey. The broadcaster pushed the button, sending the hull sliding out from the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead, into the water where building will continue. “Our future will be affected by what […]

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Glimmering Skylines Could Double as Solar Farms With New Tech

Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

How many windows are there in New York City? However you answer this classic interview day curveball, imagine if we devised a way to use each of those windows to convert the sun’s rays into electricity. Whoa. William Rankine, a noted 19th century Scottish mechanical engineer, would call that an idea with a lot […]

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