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Spain Mulling 3 GW Renewable Energy Auction

The Spanish authorities are mulling a new 3 gigawatt (3,000 megawatt) renewable energy auction in the country, according to recent reports. Until an actual government is formed in the country, though, nothing is certain. For those who don’t follow Spanish politics much: following the 2015 general election, there was a failure to form a government, as […]

July 31st

Even 10,000 Meters Under The Sea, Industrially Produced Chemicals Are Causing Problems For Animals — Deep-Sea Crustaceans Contain Higher Concentrations Of Man-Made Chemicals Than Animals In Coastal Waters

Very high levels of man-made pollutants and toxic chemicals — including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) — have been found in animals living in some of he deepest oceanic trenches in the world, according to brand new as yet unpublished research. The work involved the collection of small shrimp-like creatures, including Hirondellea […]

July 28th

TransCanada Files Lawsuit Against US Under NAFTA Rules Claiming Over $15 Billion In Damages For Keystone XL Rejection

The foreign oil firm TransCanada has filed a lawsuit against the US government under NAFTA rules, seeking $15 billion in compensation for the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project. To put that in plain language, a foreign corporation is suing the US government for $15 billion (in tax money) because the US government has […]

July 5th

Volkswagen Reveals “TOGETHER — Strategy 2025,” Focus On Electric Vehicles

As part of its ongoing reaction to the fallout of the diesel emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen Group recently revealed its new “TOGETHER — Strategy 2025” program. The new program will reportedly see the company release more than 30 new all-electric vehicles over the next decade. The program calls for annual electric vehicle sales of 2 […]

June 19th

Polysolar’s New Solar PV Bus Stop In Canary Wharf, London Is The First In The UK

The UK-based firm PolySolar recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first solar photovoltaic system outfitted bus stop in the UK — a 2.8 kilowatt bus stop located in Canary Wharf, in London. The new solar photovoltaic (PV) bus stop — equipped with Polysolar’s transparent solar-PV glazing, which reportedly works well even in low-light — […]

May 24th

Hospital Water Pipes Home To Pathogenic Bacteria Communities, Research Finds

Microbial communities featuring potentially pathogenic characteristics have been found living in the shower hoses at a major US hospital, as a result of new research from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Institute of Technology. While its long been known that the human-built environment is home to all sorts of specialized microbial communities, […]

April 4th

2/3 Of All Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions Since 1854 From Only 90 Entities (Infographic)

Roughly two-thirds (63%) of all industrial greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, methane) since the year 1854 are tied to a relatively small group of only 90 entities, according to research from Richard Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute. The entities in question are/were all involved in fossil fuel extraction and cement production, as one would […]

April 2nd

Governments Urged to Settle on Key Aviation Climate Package

Ahead of the approaching International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly scheduled for September, the organization has launched a new regional outreach + education session series with the intent of building consensus on the issue of a global climate agreement for air transport, according to a new press release. The new series of regional events — dubbed […]

March 31st

New Jersey Senate Passes Bill Requiring Utility Companies To Purchase 80% Renewable Electricity By 2050

The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill that will require utility companies operating in the state to source at least 80% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2050, according to recent reports. The new bill (Bill S1707) would require utility companies to source at least 11% of their electricity from […]

March 31st

Use Of Energy Efficiency Programs Lowers Cost Of Clean Power Plan Compliance, According To Recent Studies

Energy efficiency programs are generally the lowest-cost strategy for remaining in compliance with Clean Power Plan requirements — that’s the primary finding of a number of recent studies on the subject from a number of different organizations and research bodies. Most of the states studied can actually achieve more than 50% of their emissions reductions […]

March 31st

Fairy Circles Found In Australia, New Theories On Formation

Fairy circles are generally circular, mostly barren patches of land that are found in portions of the grasslands of Namibia. As far as the scientific community was concerned, this region was the only place that these somewhat enigmatic features were found. New work from researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, however, […]

March 26th

Virginia Auto Dealers Think Tesla’s In Conspiracy With State

Originally published on EV Obsession. The battle between Tesla Motors and various auto-dealer associations around the country keeps grinding on, with things looking unlikely to resolve completely anytime soon. That said, things have been getting downright strange in some instances…. Case in point: the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association has apparently decided to sue both Tesla […]

March 21st

BMW i5 Likely To Use Carbon Fiber

The product chief of BMW’s “i Series” of electric vehicles, Henrik Wenders, recently gave an interesting interview to Car and Driver where he commented that the “i5” body would utilize the same carbon-fiber reinforced plastics technology used in the i3, and that a range-extended version of the model would also be offered.

March 21st

Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Well Blowout Was The Largest Methane Leak In US History, According To Study

The recent natural gas well blowout in Aliso Canyon, California, was the largest methane leak in US history, according to new research from the University of California–Davis, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and others. During the period of activity — at least, October 23, 2015, through February 11, 2016 — more than 100,000 tons […]

February 29th

Beautiful New Image Of Milky Way Released

A beautiful new image of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, was recently released to celebrate the conclusion of the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL) — an effort to map the entire Galactic Plane, as seen from the Southern Hemisphere, at sub-millimeter wavelengths. That is to say, at wavelengths between infrared […]

February 29th

BPA-Free Plastic Causes Its Own Problems — Replacement, BPS (Bisphenol S), Found To Disrupt Reproductive System & Alter Embryonic Development As Well

In a finding that should surprise exactly no one with any critical faculties remaining, it turns out that the replacement for BPA used in “BPA-free” plastic — BPS (Bisphenol S) — is itself involved in reproductive system disruption and altered embryonic development. The new finding (which has been expected by anyone who have been paying […]

January 31st

Report: California Now Accounts For 40% Of Zero Emissions Vehicle Sales In US

Originally published on EVObsession. California now (well, as of January 2015) accounts for 40% of all zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) sales in the US, according to a new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. The new analysis — Strategic Analysis of California Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate — also predicts that, as the next round of ZEV requirements […]

December 7th

Gas Pumps In North Vancouver To Warn Pumpers About Climate Change

Originally published on EV Obsession. The Canadian city of North Vancouver (in British Columbia) will soon be home to gas pumps featuring climate change warning stickers, following the passing of a law there by the city council, according to recent reports. While the designs for the warning stickers are yet to finalized, the idea is that […]

December 3rd