Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour

Mar 29, 2015

Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour

The Empire State Building dimmed its lights and the Eiffel Tower went dark Saturday as iconic landmarks across the world observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign. The usually glittering nighttime majesty of the Empire State Building was set to “faint sparkle” ...

Mar 29, 2015

Mexico sets 25% pollution cut goal by 2030 for climate talks

Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall’s Paris climate change talks, pledging to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030. Short-lived pollutants include “black carbon,” essentially soot produced by burning wood, dung, ...

Mie grad students make biofuel from unwanted fruit

Mar 23, 2015

Mie grad students make biofuel from unwanted fruit

Graduate students at Mie University have produced biofuel from the region’s tangerines, saying the technique provides a use for unwanted fruit. They believe it could be promoted as a locally sourced form of renewable energy. The researchers at the university’s Graduate School of Bioresources ...

Government support for wind power may increase offshore capacity

Mar 18, 2015

Government support for wind power may increase offshore capacity

Japan’s bid to install more floating offshore wind capacity may be bolstered by the government’s commitment to support the technology. The city of Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture, and Toda Corp., a Tokyo-based construction company, were picked by the Environment Ministry to study community acceptance and ...

Feb 18, 2015

Britain approves world's largest offshore wind farm

Britain’s energy ministry has approved the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck offshore wind project, the world’s biggest offshore wind park, it said in a statement on Tuesday. The project, located in the North Sea, is being led by Forewind, a consortium comprising SSE, RWE, Statkraft ...

Feb 11, 2015

World's largest solar farm opens in California

One of the world’s largest solar energy farms has opened in Southern California’s desert, with 160,000 homes now able to power lights and appliances through sunlight converted into electricity, federal officials said on Tuesday. The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Riverside County about ...

Jan 14, 2015

¥131 billion earmarked in upcoming budget for renewable energy

The Abe administration decided Wednesday to boost efforts next year to promote renewable energy following the Fukushima nuclear crisis, after the feed-in tariff system, which guarantees above-market rates for selling energy produced from clean sources, ran into trouble only two years after its introduction. ...

Jan 8, 2015

Mineral may lead to better, cheaper solar cells

Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun’s rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say. Though years away from being used to commercially produce solar cells, perovskites, named for a ...