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Coral reefs 'at make or break point', UN environment head says

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:59

Erik Solheim cites ‘huge decline’ in world’s reefs but says shift from coal and new awareness of plastic pollution are good news

The battle to save the world’s coral reefs is at “make or break point”, and countries that host them have a special responsibility to take a leadership role by limiting greenhouse gas emissions, plastic pollution and impacts from agriculture, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) has said.

Speaking to the Guardian after the launch of International Coral Reef Initiative’s international year of the reef, Erik Solheim said he expected governments to take their efforts on reef protection in 2018 beyond symbolic designation.

Related: Coral reef bleaching 'the new normal' and a fatal threat to ecosystems

Related: Great Barrier Reef tourism spokesman attacks scientist over slump in visitors

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Trump Says Section 201 Solar Trade Case Decision Coming Soon

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:51

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, "Everybody goes out of business."

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Shell Bolsters Renewables Bet With Stake in US Solar Company

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:09

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is investing in a U.S. solar energy developer, continuing its recent expansion into the electricity business. The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas producer will acquire a 44 percent stake in Nashville’s Silicon Ranch Corp., which owns and operates about 100 solar facilities across the U.S. 

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ACWA Power Adopts Blockchain Currency SolarCoin

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:51

Saudi Arabian energy company ACWA Power has started to use a blockchain currency. ACWA is utilizing SolarCoin, a crypto-currency that is rewarded to generators of solar power. 

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Stuart Wenham: scientists pay tribute to 'Einstein of solar world'

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:12

University of New South Wales colleagues pay tribute to pioneer with ‘Crocodile Dundee persona’ who died age 60 from malignant melanoma

Australia’s scientific community has paid tribute to Prof Stuart Wenham, a solar energy pioneer described as the “Einstein of the solar industry”, whose research increased the efficiency of solar cells a hundredfold.

Wenham passed away on 23 December, age 60, after suffering from malignant melanoma. He was the director of the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Photovoltaics and Photonics at the University of New South Wales.

Related: How investing in solar energy can create a brighter future for Africa

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As Trump Tries to Bring Back Coal, EU Leaders Up Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency Targets

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:31

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted yesterday to approve and adopt a sweeping set of measures that will ensure the growth of renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and advanced biofuels in the region.

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Egypt Readies for 2 GW of Solar PV Capacity

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:23

Ugo Salerno, CEO of RINA Consulting explained in an interview that to date Egypt gets only 1 percent of its energy from renewables. With Salerno’s company’s help, however, Egypt will soon be the home of one of the largest solar PV projects in the world. 

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Tesla’s Battery in Australia Is Surpassing Expectations

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:41

It’s just over one month since the Hornsdale Power Reserve was officially opened in South Australia. The excitement surrounding the project has generated acres of media interest, both locally and abroad.

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Google Wins Zayed Future Energy Prize

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:07

Google this week won the Zayed Future Energy Prize for Best Corporation. The award is a public endorsement of the giant corporation’s work in renewables and clean energy — the company has been carbon neutral since 2007.

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US Regulators Look to Europe for Offshore Wind Permitting Approach

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:09

The way that developers approach offshore wind project planning for permitting in the U.S. could follow the lead of Europe’s successful offshore industry.

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5 Books from 2017 That Will Help You Connect With Nature

Earth Easy - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:42

Whether you like contemplative nature writing or thought-provoking science, these standout books will deepen your understanding of wildness.

The post 5 Books from 2017 That Will Help You Connect With Nature appeared first on Eartheasy Blog.

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How Big Will Brazil's Wind Power Market Get?

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:21

In northeast Brazil, beyond the resorts and pristine beaches, lie some of the world’s best winds for generating electricity. Welcome to Serra Branca. It’s a wind generator’s heaven.

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Solar Grabs Half of Global Renewables Investment in 2017, Reaching $161 Billion

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:01

In its recently released annual figures, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that solar lead the way in global renewable energy investments.

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UK green energy investment halves after policy changes

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:35

Investment in green energy fell 56% in UK in 2017 – biggest fall of any country – after ‘stop-start’ support from government

Investment in clean energy plunged further in Britain than in any other country last year because of government policy changes, new figures show.

The amount companies spent on green energy in the UK rose during the years of the coalition government (2010-2015) but has now fallen for two years in a row under the Conservatives, according to analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

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New Commission to Tackle Energy Transformation Geopolitics

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:27

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) this week launched the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, with the support of the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.

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