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China gives bleak assessment of its battered environment

More than half of China’s cities are affected by acid rain and one-sixth of major rivers are so polluted the water is unfit even for farmland, a senior official said on Friday in a bleak assessment of the environmental price of the country’s economic boom. The environmental degradation which has accompanied China’s breakneck growth has […]

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Wind, Water & Sun can Power Our 240 Million Cars & Everything Else

Our Promising Future of Renewable Energy The cleanest solutions to global warming, air pollution and energy security are wind, water, and solar power (WWS).  As Dr. Mark Jacobson walks me through the numbers of his, Dr. Mark Delucchi, and their teams’ multi-year study, the renewable energy solution stands out as the clear winner. Dr. Jacobson […]

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Stoves, seeds could save African forests

Efficient cookstoves and better crop seeds could play a key role in saving forests in sub-Saharan Africa, helping to cut emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide, environmental experts reported on Sunday. This is important, since deforestation and forest degradation are the second-largest source of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions after the burning of fossil fuels. While forests […]

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Solar PV has emerged as big Integrated Resource Plan winner

Solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies have emerged as the “big winner” in South Africa’s 20-year integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity, which indicates that the PV solutions could deliver 8 400 MW of new capacity by 2030, a new report by Frost & Sullivan argues. The target could translate into the deployment of a “staggering” 300-MW-a-year […]

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9 Unconventional Ways to Harness Solar Energy

Solar power is certainly increasing in popularity, as studies show that the global PV (photovoltaic cell) market might have exceeded 16 GW in 2010. In comparison to wind power (which had a capacity of 175 GW in 2010) it is really meager, and in 2008 solar power actually supplied less than 0.02 percent of the […]

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Virus Solar Power?

A virus is a small agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of organisms. Most viruses are too small to be seen directly with a light microscope. The shapes of viruses range from simple helical and icosahedral forms to more complex structures. The average virus is about one one-hundredth the size of the […]

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Ready to Go Solar?

For many of us, solar power is most commonly associated with the installation of large solar panels on your roof or in your garden. But solar power has come a long way in the last few years, and we’re now seeing a significant increase in the number of solar appliances available to consumers. A growing […]

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10 Eco-Friendly Winter Warmers

South Africa: In the thick of winter we’re going to want to keep warm and cosy! We’re not going to want to give up any of those winter comforts, and being conservative about using energy won’t necessarily be at the top of our list of priorities. While the temperature is still pleasant, what you may […]

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5 Green Ways to Protect Your Home and Save Electricity

We all know the feeling when you just realized you forgot to lock your door. At best, it’s a quick moment of nagging anxiety – at worst, it’s a debilitating slide show of anxious thoughts that will kill any chance of being productive for the rest of the day. A simple solution would be to […]

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