Environment

Courtesy of RMI.By Laurie Stone  As Hurricane Grace and Tropical Storm Henri cause destruction up and down the Atlantic, people living on islands and coastal territories must prepare for an above average hurricane season. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that we could see up to ten hurricanes in the Atlantic in 2021,
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Whereas Australia’s federal government will not commit to a net-zero-by-2050 target, the three biggest supermarket chains in Australia are making massive strides towards sustainability. Woolworths, Coles, and Aldi not only have targets but are putting their words into actions, and that includes buying a lot of solar panels.  Woolies commits to 100% green electricity by 2025.
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It only lasted for a few minutes, but for a brief time last Sunday, electricity from solar provided more electricity to Australia’s national energy grid than electricity from coal-fired generating stations. Just after noon, 9,427 megawatts (MW) of electricity came from solar, while only 9,315 MW came from burning coal. Granted, there were several factors
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Bluberries | iStock | Getty Images Researchers in Australia are to work with utilities and investigate using wastewater in hydrogen production in a bid to boost its sustainability and maximize resources. The project will see a team from Monash University in Melbourne work with four companies through Water Research Australia: Yarra Valley Water, Melbourne Water,
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Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.By Kelsey Adkisson As yet another heat wave shattered temperature records in the Pacific Northwest in mid-2021, threats of rolling blackouts rippled throughout the region. These recurring extreme weather threats offer a sobering reminder that aging energy grids weren’t designed to handle the stress of climate change. Nor were they designed to
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An artist rendering of Form Energy’s battery system. Rendering courtesy Form Energy A secretive start-up called Form Energy says it’s developing and scaling the production of a new type of rechargeable battery that can store electricity for 100 hours. Form hasn’t publicly demonstrated its technology or shared proof that it works. Nonetheless, the company has
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Every summer, millions of people across the country stay indoors to keep cool and stay healthy. In a summer like 2021’s record-setting heat wave, there’s nothing more satisfying than the feeling of a crisp, air-conditioned room.  But heat is not just inconvenient; it can be dangerous. In the United States, more than 600 people die from extreme heat
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Engie crossed the 1 gigawatt of installed solar power capacity milestone in India after commissioning a 200-megawatt project. According to media reports, a subsidiary of French utility Engie has commissioned a 200-megawatt solar power project in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The project is part of the Raghanesda solar power park and company’s second-largest
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Shipowners and operators may be able to decrease their fuel-related costs and pollutant emissions up to 30%, thanks to a new system created by Bound4blue. The Spanish company aims at delivering automated wind-assisted propulsion systems (also called wingsails) that can be integrated onto a wide range of vessels. The Beam spoke with one of the
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In this article USCR Concrete is the foundation of just about everything. It’s used to construct buildings, highways, bridges, roads and more. During the Covid-19 pandemic, concrete fell victim to the same phenomena impacting other essential materials and goods: snarled supply chains and labor shortages. And demand for concrete — and its essential ingredient, cement
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Having followed the development in Zambia since I attended elementary school in the country from 1981 to 1982, there is finally some good news that resonates with me in the context of the global EV revolution and the world’s transition to sustainable energy generation and consumption. Zambia’s new President-elect, 59-year-old Hakainde Hichilema, is determined to
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A freight train transports coal from the Gunnedah Coal Handling and Prepararation Plant, operated by Whitehaven Coal Ltd., in Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. David Gray | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Soaring electricity demand, infrastructure woes and a surge in global gas prices have triggered an extraordinary rally
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In this article MAERSK.B-DK Niels Wenstedt/BSR Agency | Getty Images News | Getty Images Maersk said it has secured a supply of “green” e-methanol for what it described as “the world’s first container vessel operating on carbon neutral fuel.” In an announcement Thursday, the world’s largest container shipping firm said Denmark’s European Energy and its
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Murdoch is upset — the major Australian banks will no longer lend money to the big carbon emitters. His flagship “Australian” newspaper carries this headline front and centre in its weekend finance edition: “Foreign Funding for Fossil Fuels.” The Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Westpac, and National Australia Bank (NAB) are closing their books on fossil fuel
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