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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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Apple invests $850 million in massive California Flats Solar Project

Apple invests $850 million in massive California Flats Solar Project

Apple is the latest player in a movement by American corporations to make big investments in renewable energy. The tech company just announced a deal to put $848 million into the California Flats Solar

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Infographic: What the net-zero homes of the future will look like

Infographic: What the net-zero homes of the future will look like

While previously the purview of a very niche/expensive housing market, net-zero homes are quickly becoming both an economically sound and sustainable proposal. The average price of an installed

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How All Power Labs’ gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

How All Power Labs’ gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

When the city of Berkeley kept shutting off power to his unconventionally-zoned artists compound, Jim Mason took matters into his own hands; he built a gasifier to turn plant waste into a source of off

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Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

President Obama's fiscal budget for 2016, which was release on Monday (2/2) afternoon proposes an impressive $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technologies as well as the creation of a $4 billion

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Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi has exceptionally good news for the future of renewable energy. Costs are set to drop by almost 40 percent in

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Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

The Bangladeshi government intends for every household in the nation to be powered by solar energy by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing

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Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

After the State of the Union and the touting of the abundance of natural resources, you'd probably think our natural gas game in the U.S. is strong. Meanwhile, the big environmental organizations are

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US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

The first day of talks between President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seen the two leaders agree to some renewable energy policies in the developing nation, which is the

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Despite falling oil prices, renewables still cost less

Despite falling oil prices, renewables still cost less

Despite falling oil prices, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that renewable energy is highly competitive with fossil fuels. But solar power isn’t where the

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Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Equipped with solar panels and earth water cooling, Lund City Hall only uses a fraction of the energy normally consumed by typical government buildings. Its dynamic, W-shaped facade was key in reducing

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Plant Power: Dutch company harvests electricity from living plants to power streetlights, Wi-Fi, and cell phones

Plant Power: Dutch company harvests electricity from living plants to power streetlights, Wi-Fi, and cell phones

A Dutch company harnesses electricity from living plants, and then uses it to power cell phone chargers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and now over 300 LED streetlights in two sites in the Netherlands. Plant-e debuted

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Could super-insulated clothes eliminate need for indoor heat?

Could super-insulated clothes eliminate need for indoor heat?

When you complained about the cold as a kid, Dad used to say, "Put on a sweater." He might have be onto something. A research team at Stanford University has been working on textiles that actually radiate

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Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

“Burn baby, burn” is an old chant for a new generation of Americans who can't be bothered to put a bottle or two in a blue bin instead of a brown one. Americans produce 4.4 pounds of trash per person

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A new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S.

A new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S.

2014 was a record-breaking year for the solar power industry around the world, and here in the U.S. we were installing new solar systems at a faster rate than ever before. New data from GTM Research shows

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New York’s fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

New York’s fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

The ban on fracking in New York State is a great catalyst to inspire grassroots environmental groups to come together. Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking due to health and

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New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

If Nature publishes it, will people finally listen? That may be what researchers from the University of London are hoping, because the international science journal has published a new study telling us

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Korean researchers develop most efficient solar cell to date

Korean researchers develop most efficient solar cell to date

A Korean research team has achieved record level efficiency in solar cells, using a new formula for mixing perovskite structures. Perovskite is an inexpensive, abundant mineral, and the researchers have

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Denmark set a new world record for wind power in 2014

Denmark set a new world record for wind power in 2014

Denmark just set a world record by generating 39 percent of its electricity from wind power! In an article for The Local Denmark, Denmark Climate Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen says, “We will

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The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

A new study indicates that the aviation industry is responsible for up to 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, which is higher than most individual countries. Researchers calculate that the

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La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

When a new solar power plant goes online later in 2015, the city of La Paz, Mexico will be entirely powered by solar energy. Aura Solar I, the largest solar power plant in Latin America, went online in La

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Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

While renewable energy has been getting more affordable for residential installations, that has not always been the case on a commercial scale. For years, the solar and wind industries were unable to

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Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm, the Tarfaya Energy Project, has finally begun producing green energy off Morocco’s Southern Atlantic Coast. Sprawling over 22,000 acres, the 131 wind turbine project began

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Philadelphia sends old dollar bills up in smoke for energy

Philadelphia sends old dollar bills up in smoke for energy

Old, worn-out paper money still has some value in Philadelphia, where it’s being burned for electricity. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve is making great strides in an effort to keep old dollar bills

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Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

This year there was a range of technological innovations that could not only improve our lives but help save the planet as well. We saw a group of 16-year old girls who revolutionized crop yields, an

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Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai’s World Islands

Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai’s World Islands

Snow is a distant dream in a place like Dubai, where the wintertime temperature doesn’t typically drop below 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Real estate developer the Kleindienst Group wants to make it snow and

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New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

Researchers at the University of Toronto have unveiled a cheap, fast spray-on solar cell process that could enable the creation of solar arrays using the most modest of manufacturing methods. Even better,

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