renewable energy

Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

We can take our hats off to Germany, leading the way with investment in renewable energy, pioneering Passivhaus standard homes and public buildings. However Germany's Earthship builders point out that

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Tesla to unveil a battery on April 30 that will slash your home’s energy costs

Tesla to unveil a battery on April 30 that will slash your home’s energy costs

It's finally official, almost. Two months ago Tesla told the world they had developed a battery to take your house completely off-grid, and just a couple of weeks ago Elon Musk teased that the company

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PETITION: Call for the world’s two biggest charities to divest from fossil fuels

PETITION: Call for the world’s two biggest charities to divest from fossil fuels

The Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust charities are a force for good in so many ways, sp why are they still funding companies that invest in fossil fuel extraction? Now you can show them we

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Apple’s US operations are now 100 percent powered by renewable energy

Apple’s US operations are now 100 percent powered by renewable energy

Just ahead of Earth Day, Apple has published their annual environmental responsibility report—much of the report highlights the massive projects they have undertaken in the past year to reduce their

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Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

Vancouver, Canada, has become the latest city to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy. Following on from a City Council vote in favor of making the switch on 26 March 2015, the city

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Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

The Eco-leaf is a solar shade concept that will lower your carbon footprint and brighten your living room. Eco-leaf's unique energy harvesting design integrates proven-technologies like solar, E ink, and

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

If you're not yet familiar with the Zayed Future Energy Prize, check it out! It celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The

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One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

In the heart of oil and republican climate-denier country, one Texas city is breaking down traditions and stereotypes – because it plans to be completely powered by solar and wind power by 2017. Jim

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Grand Cancun eco island cleans up the ocean while generating renewable energy

Grand Cancun eco island cleans up the ocean while generating renewable energy

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal

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Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Located on one of the most popular routes used by climbers hoping to scale Mont Blanc, the Refuge du Goûter took five years to plan and three more to build. Dubbed a 'high-altitude hotel,' the project

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Costa Rica powered by 100 percent renewable energy for over 75 days

Costa Rica powered by 100 percent renewable energy for over 75 days

Costa Rica has achieved an extraordinary clean energy milestone by running solely on renewable energy for the past 75 days. Heavy rainfall in the region has enabled the country to completely forgo fossil

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Perth’s Carnegie Wave Energy project produces power AND fresh water from the motion of the ocean

Perth’s Carnegie Wave Energy project produces power AND fresh water from the motion of the ocean

The Carnegie Perth Wave Energy Project is rolling out its multimillion-dollar plans to prove that waves not only have power but can generate it for the electric grid on land. Submerged in the roiling seas

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Google is launching giant kites to harvest wind energy next month

Google is launching giant kites to harvest wind energy next month

Speaking at SXSW this week, Google X head Dr. Astro Teller announced that the tech giant's secretive branch will test a massive 84-foot flying wind turbine over northern California next month. The

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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has broken ground after becoming the fourth Living Building Challenge™ in the world for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL).

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Report: Wind could supply a third of the USA’s electricity by 2050

Report: Wind could supply a third of the USA’s electricity by 2050

A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office titled "Wind Vision: A New Era of Wind Power in the United States" finds that wind energy could supply 35

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Japan can now beam solar energy from space

Japan can now beam solar energy from space

If you think the idea of powering the world with solar power is still many years away, prepare to be amazed. The inspired minds at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has succeeded in transmitting energy - solar

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Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

In early January 2013, Kenya's oldest English-language school, the Maseno School, opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty sewage system

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s gorgeous vertical garden house takes root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s gorgeous vertical garden house takes root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

EcoCamp in Chile EcoCamp is immersed in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia. It offers guided treks, as well as luxury camping in solar-powered geodesic domes. Loch

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Sonoma County will soon host the largest floating solar project in the U.S.

Sonoma County will soon host the largest floating solar project in the U.S.

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has unveiled plans to build a 12 megawatt floating solar project in Sonoma County, that will not only be the biggest project of it's kind in the U.S. but will also be the second

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Global wind energy production increased 44% last year!

Global wind energy production increased 44% last year!

It seems the answer–to the world’s energy woes–truly is blowin’ in the wind, as worldwide wind power production nearly doubled last year. The year 2014 saw about 51,477 megawatts worth of wind

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BIG unveils a luminescent geodesic dome biomass power plant, and it’s also a public park

BIG unveils a luminescent geodesic dome biomass power plant, and it’s also a public park

Power plants are, in general, rather dowdy structures—unless you live in the world of Bjarke Ingels. The Danish architect and his firm, BIG, was invited to design a new biomass power plant for the

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Pavegen to install people-powered kinetic energy tiles in SNCF’s Parisian office

Pavegen to install people-powered kinetic energy tiles in SNCF’s Parisian office

Pavegen’s installation within SNCF’s office is the first step to innovation within our transport hubs “Pavegen are demonstrating the potential of footfall power and the future for transport

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UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

UGE VisionAIR5 "The location for the wind turbines, 400ft (120m) above ground level, was strategically chosen to maximize energy production, allowing the wind turbines to harvest the steady winds at

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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Apple to build 100 percent renewable energy-powered data centers in Denmark and Ireland

Apple to build 100 percent renewable energy-powered data centers in Denmark and Ireland

Apple has just announced plans to construct two new data centers in Europe, and like all current Apple data centers, the facilities will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Constructed at a total

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How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

Approximately 3 billion people around the world lack access to modern energy, and cook over open flames that billow smoke and cause severe respiratory illnesses. In fact, more premature deaths occur from

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World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

Wind power in the U.K. is about to get a big boost, as the world’s largest offshore wind farm was just approved for the Yorkshire coast. The Guardian reports that the U.K. energy secretary just approved

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Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Rotterdam company Archimedes has created a small windmill that can be installed on just about any roof, anywhere. Meet LIAM: a quiet, affordable wind energy source that's ideal for urban settings; it's

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IKEA increases sales of sustainable products to an astounding $1 billion

IKEA increases sales of sustainable products to an astounding $1 billion

Last year IKEA sold $1.3 billion worth of “sustainability” products to customers across the world, according to the company’s recent sustainability report. These include products that help people

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