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Battery Firm Sonnen Gets Big Cash Infusion From Sh...

FRANKFURT—German solar battery maker sonnen has secured 60 million euros ($71 million) in funds from Shell Ventures and existing shareholders to expand at home and abroad. Shell Ventures, a unit of the Anglo-Dutch oil major that has been boosting its investments in solar and other renewables, was a lead investor in the latest funding round, sonnen Chief executive Christoph Ostermann told Reuters. “With this money, we can get...

Worst Case Climate Scenario Could Be Even Worse Th...

When scientists set out to model the impacts of climate change, they use four different Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), which each represent a different possible radiative forcing, i.e.a total of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions measured in Watts per square meter, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC.) Each RCP also sets a different option for global temperature, rate of...

Trump Kills NASA Carbon Monitoring Program as CO2 ...

 As the Trump administration charges forward with its war on science by canceling a “crucial” carbon monitoring system at NASA, scientists and climate experts are sounding alarms over atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) that just surpassed a “troubling” threshold for the first time in human history. “The reading from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii finds that concentrations of...

In Blow to Monsanto, India’s Top Court Uphol...

In an another legal blow to Monsanto, India’s Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Delhi High Court’s ruling that the seed giant cannot claim patents for Bollgard and Bollgard II, its genetically modified cotton seeds, in the country. Monsanto’s chief technology officer Robert Fraley, who just announced that he and other top executives are stepping down from the company after Bayer AG‘s...

Earth’s Average CO2 Levels Cross 410 ppm for...

This dubious new milestone was recorded at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii by the Keeling Curve, a program of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. To put this latest reading into perspective, at the beginning of the industrial revolution around 1880, the CO2 level stood at 280 ppm. It climbed to 315 ppm in 1958, the year Mauna Loa started record-keeping. It surpassed 400 ppm...

Personal Care Products as Dangerous for the Air as...

People’s efforts to keep themselves clean are actually making the air dirtier, at least in Boulder, Colorado. A study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences (CIRES) found that emissions from personal care products commuters use before leaving in the morning were roughly equivalent in magnitude to emissions from the tailpipes of...

Q&A: Retired Air Force general on the need to...

A retired Air Force general talks with Midwest Energy News about his solar-powered Wisconsin home and the case for developing alternative liquid fuels. Energy was always on General Donald J. Hoffman’s mind, as a kid growing up in a big family in central Wisconsin, and in the Air Force where he was a pilot and managed Air Force weapon systems from bases around the world. As Hoffman explains it, energy has always been at the...

12 Air Purifying Plants That Will Clean Your Air

 We need fresh air to live a healthy and full life, but it’s fast becoming a luxury. Residents of many major cities around the world are plagued with smog and poisonous gases from motor vehicles, fossil fuel based power plants, and factories. The good news is there is a simple solution you can use at home to make your air much cleaner. While air purifiers might help, air purifying plants are a great and natural way to clean...

How Big Is Your Environmental Footprint?

If you want to make a positive change this Earth Day but don’t know where to start, one of best things you can do is take an honest look at your environmental footprint. For instance, how much water are you wasting? How much plastic are you throwing out? How much planet-warming carbon are you producing? Luckily, there are many online calculators that crunch through your consumption habits. While the final tally might...

Revolution Now -The Future Is Here For Clean Energ...

Clean, low-cost energy is transforming the U.S. economy. Over the past decade, we’ve seen the payoff from nearly 40 years of federally funded research and development on clean energy. From wind and solar power to electric vehicles and LED lighting, clean energy technologies are dramatically declining in cost and benefitting more homes and businesses—while reducing pollution and creating millions of new American jobs.1 Clean...

At one end of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, there ...

Giant dump trucks haul raw oil sands material in Alberta, Canada.Todd Korol/Reuters Nebraska regulators on Monday approved Keystone XL, a 1,180-mile-long (1,900-kilometer) extension of the existing Keystone Pipeline operated by TransCanada Corp. But the 3-2 vote in favor of expanding the pipeline followed aleak of 210,000 gallons of oil just days before. That oil gushed from a section of Keystone in South Dakota before...

On Earth Day, 5 facts about environmental policy a...

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans participated in massive rallies and events across the country with the goal of raising awareness of the deterioration of the environment, and to spur government action to support a healthier and more sustainable world. By the end of that year, their voices were heard: bipartisan efforts in Congress led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the...

The big eco-challenge: Wealth can up concern – but...

Call it the environmentalism paradox. As nations become wealthier, their negative impact on the environment increases, yet so does their capacity and desire to help. Ahead of Earth Day, it’s a reminder that the health of the planet depends largely on how powerful we can make the second half of that equation.   Is the environmental movement too elitist? Various studies show that, as individuals and nations rise out...

5 Environmental Victories to Inspire You This Eart...

Planet Earth is at a crisis point. Researchers say we have to begin reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 if we want to meet the temperature goals outlined in the Paris agreement and avoid catastrophic climate change. The work to be done can seem overwhelming. A survey published this week found that only 6 percent of Americans think we will succeed in reducing global warming. But Earth Day weekend is no time to give up!...

Landmark Agreement: Shipping Industry to Cut Emiss...

On Friday, the 170+ nations in the International Maritime Organization set the first-ever emissions target for the shipping industry and agreed to halve CO2 emissions by 2050, based on 2008 levels. The unprecedented deal was welcomed by activists as a first step towards meeting the Paris agreement targets. The IMO nations also began a process to ban heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters. The sulfur-laden oil is a significant...