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Monthly Archives: November 2009

World’s Largest Wave Power Generator Launched

Written by , on November 30, 2009

The world’s largest working wave energy electricity generating device has been officially launched in Scotland. Known as Oyster, the device, built by Aquamarine Power, is stationed at the European Marine Energy Center Billia Croo site near Stromness. At present, it is the world’s only wave energy device which is producing power to the grid. Oyster […]  Read more »

How to Feed 9 Billion People

Written by , on November 13, 2009

The Friends of the Earth have published a report on a study of various ways in which the world’s projected population of 9.16 billion in 2050 could be fed. The key finding was that feeding the world in 2050 is possible without the most intensive forms of animal and crop production and without a massive […]  Read more »

IEA: Climate Inaction Would Cost $500 billion per annum

Written by , on November 11, 2009

The International Energy Agency, which provides energy statistics and projections to 28 industrialised countries, has issued a report warning that every year of inaction in cutting carbon emissions will cost the world an additional $US500 billion. The IEA estimates that in order to limit the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees, non-fossil fuels will […]  Read more »

Spain Achieves More Than Half Electricity from Wind

Written by , on November 10, 2009

For a period of five hours on Sunday (8 November, 2009), 53% of Spain’s electricity was produced by its wind turbines. Spain began installing wind turbines in 1997 and, up to about five years ago, critics claimed that the country could never produce more than 14% of its power needs from wind. Overall this year, […]  Read more »

Big Scottish Offshore Wind Plans Announced

Written by , on November 9, 2009

Offshore wind farm developers have announced plans for major development in the outer Forth and Tay areas off the coast of Scotland. The proposed sites have a combined capacity of 2,470 megawatts. The plan comprises four individual projects locatied at least 10 kilometres from shore and in a total area covering approximately 475 square kilometres. […]  Read more »

Japan Selects Companies for Space Solar Project

Written by , on November 9, 2009

The Japanese Government has selected a group of companies to work on the development of a Space Solar Power Station which would comprise an array of photovoltaic dishes several square kilometres in area located outside the Earth;s atmosphere and beaming energy to the ground using laser beams or microwaves. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), […]  Read more »

UK Judge Treats Environmentalism as Religion

Written by , on November 9, 2009

A British judge has ruled that deeply held environmental views are entitled to the same protection as religious convictions. Until five years ago,  Tim Nicholson, a British quantity surveyor, "flew abroad on holiday and for work, drove fast cars and had no knowledge of or concern about carbon emissions". But after a trip to New […]  Read more »

Out of the Atmospheric Frying Pan into the Fire?

Written by , on November 7, 2009

Closing the hole in the ozone is seen as the world’s greatest environmantal restoration achievement but there’s a hitch … Under the Montreal Protocol, chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) were phased out and replaced with the less damaging hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) as an interim measure. HCFCs have now become the standard working coolant in refrigerators, air conditioners and aerosol […]  Read more »