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New Nanoparticle Converts CO2 Emissions Into Fuel

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Futuristic power plants could function not as destructive sources of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2), but as a carbon-neutral closed loops. Instead of smokestacks that pump carbon emissions into the atmosphere, power plants of the future could capture all their waste CO2, converting it into fuel to power each plant.

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Refugee Camps Rely on Renewables

Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp made the switch to clean energy in November 2017 with the inauguration of the largest solar power plant ever built in a refugee setting. (Photo by Yousef Al Hariri courtesy UNHCR) Posted for media use

In Iraq, displaced people struggle with the loss of electric power as blackouts and brownouts remain frequent even at grid-connected settlements, leaving refugees and the humanitarian community dependent on expensive, polluting diesel generators. In Ethiopia, most refugees lack any reliable access at all to electric lighting.

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Energy Poverty Can Follow Shift to Renewables

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Efforts to shift away from fossil fuels and replace oil and coal with renewable energy sources can help reduce carbon emissions but they do so at the expense of increased inequality, according to a new study from Portland State University.

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Energy Efficiency Is the ‘First Fuel’

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“Energy efficiency is the single most effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions,” the Washington, DC-based nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy told a congressional hearing on climate change earlier this year. The group urged lawmakers to prioritize energy efficiency to stabilize the warming climate.

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Your business could be paying 40% more for its energy than it needs too.

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Each dollar you save on your energy bill is another dollar on your bottom line. Except this dollar is a rather special dollar. First of all, it’s a dollar that did not require additional labour to produce or a new manufacturing plant to make. Statistically speaking 50% of your energy saving potential required little or […]

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Greenest Big Companies Go 100% Renewable

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Not every company, of course, but increasing numbers of corporations, led by some of the world’s largest tech firms, are taking responsibility to protect people and planet with renewable energy and other forms of low-carbon development.

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Solar, Wind Power Create Hotter, Greener Deserts

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Wind and solar farms are known to have local effects on heat and humidity … A new climate-modeling study finds that a massive wind and solar installation in the Sahara Desert and neighboring Sahel would increase local temperature, precipitation and vegetation.

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Costa Rica: World’s First Carbon-Neutral Country

Costa Rica- Worlds First Carbon-Neutral Country

The inauguration ceremony for President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, celebrated Tuesday, May 8, was carbon neutral for the first time in Costa Rican history, a harbinger of larger plans for the future of this forward-looking Central American nation.

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