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Earth Hour 2013 is Tonight! (And Yes, Turning Off the Lights Does Make a Difference)

Earth Hour 2013 is Tonight! (And Yes, Turning Off the Lights Does Make a Difference)

Tonight, at 8:30 pm local time, houses and commercial buildings all over the world will suddenly go dark. No, it's not a global power outage, it's Earth Hour! Started in 2007, this annual event has become

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Floating Hydroelectric Waterfall Prison Generates Renewable Energy at Sea

Floating Hydroelectric Waterfall Prison Generates Renewable Energy at Sea

Architect Margot Krasojevic's Hydroelectric Waterfall Prison is a sustainable prison that doubles as a hydroelectric power station. Designed for a site in the Pacific Ocean close to the Canadian

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World’s Largest Solar Panel Manufacturer Suntech Declares Bankruptcy in China

World’s Largest Solar Panel Manufacturer Suntech Declares Bankruptcy in China

Suntech was once the world's largest manufacturer of solar panels - but the company was just pushed into bankruptcy after defaulting on $541 million in bond payments. The company was a powerful force in

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Washington DC Government Agencies to be 100% Powered by Wind Energy

Washington DC Government Agencies to be 100% Powered by Wind Energy

Photo via Shutterstock Washington D.C. has just announced a huge step forward in its quest to become America’s “greenest” city. The District of Columbia Department of General Services

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6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Image via Shutterstock 1. Install More Renewable Energy In an interview with Huffington Post, Mayor Jensen briefly outlined his vision for achieving carbon neutrality in Copenhagen by 2025. Not

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World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

Concentrating solar power companies Abengoa and BrightSource Energy will soon team up to build the world's largest solar tower facility in Southern California. The new solar development will be located

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SOCCKET: Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Kicks Off Production

SOCCKET: Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Kicks Off Production

A few years ago Uncharted Play unveiled designs for an energy-generating soccer ball that can generate power through play—and now the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to go into full-scale

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Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Photo via Shutterstock California is already leading the way in the US in terms of solar power, with over 1 gigawatt of solar energy generation already at work in the state. Now, California has

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VolcanElectric Mask: Skyscraper Protects Cities from Eruptions and Generates Electricity from Lava

VolcanElectric Mask: Skyscraper Protects Cities from Eruptions and Generates Electricity from Lava

VolcanElectric Mask is a design that could harness the untapped power of volcanoes to generate electricity and minimize damage and destruction from eruptions. Designed by Jing Hao, Zhanou Zhang, Xingyue

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China’s Autonomous Antarctic Polar Rover Powered by UGE’s HoYi! Wind Turbine

China’s Autonomous Antarctic Polar Rover Powered by UGE’s HoYi! Wind Turbine

Beijing's Aeronautics and Astronautics University just launched their "Polar Rover,” an autonomous research vessel that is exploring the effects of global warming on Antarctica. The 300 kilogram machine

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N55’s Walking House is a Modular, Self-Sufficient Dwelling for Modern Nomads

N55’s Walking House is a Modular, Self-Sufficient Dwelling for Modern Nomads

The Walking House enables people to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly and gathering energy from the wind and sun. Its six autonomous legs are design to walk on any surface, with minimal impact

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World’s First Algae-Powered Building by Splitterwerk Architects Opens in Germany

World’s First Algae-Powered Building by Splitterwerk Architects Opens in Germany

We’ve all heard about buildings powered by solar or wind energy, but an algae-powered building? Splitterwerk Architects have designed just such a structure, dubbed BIQ, which will be the very first of

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Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Rumors have been circulating as to whether or not the President would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. On Friday, the State Department released a study suggesting that the pipeline, which is slated to

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Graphene-Based Solar Cells Could Yield 60% Efficiency

Graphene-Based Solar Cells Could Yield 60% Efficiency

Graphene model by James Hedberg While silicon has long been the standard for commercial solar cells, new research from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Spain has shown that graphene could

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Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Photo via Shutterstock Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that Japan plans to begin restarting its idled nuclear plants later this year. All 50 of Japan's nuclear reactors were taken

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First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

Just last year, Republican lawmakers were trying to tarnish First Solar, Inc, because the Department of Energy provided loan guarantees to the company. But politics couldn't sink the word's largest

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Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Develop 54 GW of Renewable Energy

Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Develop 54 GW of Renewable Energy

Photo via Shutterstock The kingdom of Saudi Arabia sits upon the world's second-largest oil reserves, and as such, oil dominates the national economy. But in recent years, Saudi Arabia has begun taking

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Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

There is a good reason why Argentina's flag sports a shining sun. At present, Argentina only produces about 10MW of solar power, but that figure is soon about to receive a giant boost as the country plans

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123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

Completed 2011, The Bridge House is set amidst a breathtaking green environment. It was constructed on a manmade hill (made from reclaimed soil nearby) to house a cellar and to make the best of its

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Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

Four Nigerian teen girls have wowed visitors to Maker Faire Africa by creating a generator that is powered with pee. Using a resource that everyone has, the girls developed a generator that produces

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Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity has announced a new $65 million partnership to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S. The partnership seeks to provide a cleaner source

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Oberlin, Ohio Uses Landfill Garbage to Provide Clean Energy For its Residents

Oberlin, Ohio Uses Landfill Garbage to Provide Clean Energy For its Residents

Photo via Shutterstock With the closing of the Richard H. Gorsuch Station coal-fired power plant, a group of 83 municipalities in Ohio were faced with the dilemma of how to establish a new energy plan

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Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

Strawberry Energy recently unveiled a new solar powered park in Belgrade that invites visitors to charge their mobile devices using the power of the sun. Designed by Tamara Švonja and Vojin

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Report Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Gas and Coal in Australia

Report Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Gas and Coal in Australia

In the wake of soaring temperatures that made it impossible for some residents in the Australian outback to pump gas, good news is finally coming to the energy market Down Under. A report by Bloomberg New

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V-Tent is a Solar-Powered EV Charger That Protects Your Car

V-Tent is a Solar-Powered EV Charger That Protects Your Car

V-Tent is an eco-friendly parking system designed by Hakan Gürsu that protects and charges vehicles. It is a collapsible canopy that can be used in both personal and public parking areas. Aiming to

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The Alaskan Brewing Company Runs on Energy Generated by its Own Beer

The Alaskan Brewing Company Runs on Energy Generated by its Own Beer

The Alaskan Brewing Company has gone green by burning spent grain to power its brewery in Juneau, Alaska. Formerly, the brewery had to ship off the waste product of its operations to farms in the lower 48

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Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti's electricity supply is intermittent, which spells big trouble for a hospital that needs round-the-clock power to keep machines running and medicines cool. “It’s not great if you’re a surgeon

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Wind Power Becomes Spain’s Top Source of Electricity

Wind Power Becomes Spain’s Top Source of Electricity

Photo via Shutterstock In the last three months, Spain has quickly risen as a leader in renewable energy, having produced more electricity via wind farms than any other source! The Spanish Wind Energy

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Casa Atrevida is a Stunning Earthquake and Flood Resistant Home in Costa Rica

Casa Atrevida is a Stunning Earthquake and Flood Resistant Home in Costa Rica

Casa Atrevida hovers three feet above the ground on risers that protect it from river floods and excessive rain. Built in the area of Playa Preciosa, this beautiful home was constructed by trained

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GE Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Wind Turbine: The ‘Brilliant’ 2.5-120

GE Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Wind Turbine: The ‘Brilliant’ 2.5-120

General Electric (GE) has stepped up its investment in clean energy over the past few years, and the company just announced the world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine – the

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