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Monthly Archives: December 2010

How Warming Sometime Makes It Cold

Written by , on December 27, 2010

Northern Europe and northern parts of the United States and Asia are currently experiencing extreme cold and, particularly, heavy snow falls. We have long been told that this sort of thing is just a weather variation that can happen even if the climate as a whole is getting warmer. But new research from NASA’s Goddard […]  Read more »

Christmas Production to Continue Despite Arctic Warming

Written by , on December 23, 2010

Experts estimate that 25% of the world’s remaining fossil fuel reserves lie under the Arctic seabed. Melting of Arctic ice has allowed access to parts of the Arctic Ocean and seabed that have been blocked for centuries. As a result, several countries are trying to lay claim to parts of the Arctic in the hope […]  Read more »

Wind Turbines Can Improve Crops

Written by , on December 17, 2010

A study by researchers from the U.S. Energy Department’s Ames Laboratory has shown that wind turbines may benefit surrounding crops. The aim of the study was to see if wind farms have any impact on crops growing nearby. The researchers found that there are suble effects – and they are beneficial to the crops. Firstly, […]  Read more »

“Clean Coal” Could Trigger Eathquakes

Written by , on December 16, 2010

A Stanford geophysicist, Mark Zoback, has warned that "underground storage of carbon dioxide may trigger earthquakes which could allow the gas to seep back into the atmosphere, rendering the emissions mitigation approach ineffective." The problem is that burning coal produces so much carbon dioxide that the volume is too great to be stored safely underground. […]  Read more »

We Launch a Free Board Game

Written by , on December 15, 2010

Game to Be Green is a renewable energy strategy game where players seek to become the renewable the energy moguls of the future. Players buy and manage business assets to replace the Main City’s coal-fired power generation with renewable energy and energy efficiency. The winner is the player with the most income-producing assets (measured in […]  Read more »

Wave Energy from Undersea Wings

Written by , on December 15, 2010

The Florida Institute of Technology is testing a new technology to convert the energy produced by waves into electricity, The so-called Wing Waves work by tapping the elliptical motion of waves 20 to 30 metres beneath the surface and converting it into mechanical energy that can be used to generate power. Each trapezoid-shaped wing of […]  Read more »

What Will Make Electric Vehicles Mainstream?

Written by , on December 14, 2010

At the Future of Electric Vehicles USA 2010 conference, experts answer the question: "What still needs to happen before electric vehicles can become the dominant form of transportation?"  Read more »

Ten Countries Sign North Sea Wind Agreement

Written by , on December 14, 2010

Ten European countries bordering the North Sea have agreed to the joint construction of a new offshore electricity grid. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the governments of the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The new grid would be used to connect European grids to large offshore […]  Read more »

Dual-battery System Improves Power & Range

Written by , on December 13, 2010

The hybrid systems research team at GE Global Research has announced a significant breakthrough that could help accelerate the electrification of bus fleets, delivery trucks and other larger, heavy-duty vehicle fleets. The research team has successfully demonstrated a dual battery system on hybrid transit a bus that pairs a high-energy density sodium battery with a […]  Read more »

Virus Used to Improve Batteries

Written by , on December 13, 2010

Researchers at the University of Maryland are harnessing and exploiting the "self-renewing" and "self-assembling" properties of viruses: to build a new generation of small, powerful and highly efficient batteries and fuel cells. The rigid, rod-shaped tobacco mosaic virus is a well-known and widespread plant virus that devastates tobacco, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetation. But the […]  Read more »