Renewables key in race against warming

Nov 21, 2015

Renewables key in race against warming

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Any plausible game plan for capping the rise of Earth’s surface temperature depends on replacing fossil fuels with energy sources that generate little or no carbon pollution. That means renewables, especially solar and wind, both of which face fewer constraints to growth than more ...

Solar power farms grow in shadow of Fukushima plant

Sep 16, 2015

Solar power farms grow in shadow of Fukushima plant

Parcels of farmland totaling 250 hectares near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are returning to life and being covered with solar panels, amid government incentives to invest in renewable power. At least one village has set up its own tiny power company, ...

May 3, 2015

The same old energy mix

The government's draft for Japan's energy mix in 2030 makes it clear that the Abe administration is pursuing a return to the nation's energy landscape that existed before the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Apr 11, 2015

Hydrogen fuel study reveals corn promise

U.S. scientists said on April 6 that they have found a way to use discarded corn husks and stalks to make cheap hydrogen fuel that doesn’t pollute the environment in the same way as fossil fuels. The advances by a team at Virginia Polytechnic ...

Political obstacles stymie energy autonomy

| Mar 28, 2015

Political obstacles stymie energy autonomy

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When German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Japan earlier this month, local coverage focused on a joint German-Japanese statement about the Ukraine crisis and her comment that Japan should forthrightly address its actions during World War II. She said nothing about how Japan and ...