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U.S. To Aid TEPCO In Moving Hot Fukushima Fuel

Preparing to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, TEPCO recently dismantled the damaged roof parapet of Unit 4 and removed debris there. (Screenshot source: Enformable.com/Lucas W. Hixson.) As early as next Friday (November 8), the scariest decommissioning work at the ruined nuclear power complex may begin. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), the largest electrical utility in […]

November 2nd

Top 50 Solar Energy Stories Of 2013 (So Far): Part 5 (#41–50)

We’re trying to get more solar energy stories going here on Planetsave. To catch readers up, I’m doing a short series on the top 50 solar energy stories of 2013 so far. Learning from the Top 33 EV Stories article I recently published, I’m splitting this one into 5 posts. Otherwise, the page would take forever to load. […]

June 3rd

Nuclear Disaster In France Would Cost 20% Of France's GDP, France's Institute Of Nuclear Safety Finds

Quite frankly, nuclear reactors already costs too much even if they don’t run into any problems. The financial risk of nuclear power plants means that they are never funded by the private sector. If a new nuclear power plant is to get funded, is must do so through considerable governmental or utility support and subsidy. But […]

February 15th

In New Study of 13 Top Competing Nations, US Earns 'Dog' Rating on All Measures But One

Howard Steven Friedman is a statistician and health economist for the United Nations and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He also has a new book out called The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America’s Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing, which is sure to provoke […]

October 11th

Vintage Bike Ride in France (VIDEO)

Love vintage bicycling outfits, and vintage bikes? Who doesn’t. Throw in some beautiful French countryside, old towns, and landmarks, and you’ve got a pretty beautiful bike ride (and video). Here’s a video ad for such a bike ride (love it): http://youtu.be/KEYQk1f90Mk Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize, who shared the video above but is actually 100% about […]

March 7th

France Asks EU to Ban Monsanto's GM Corn

  Following up on the news that genetically modified (GM) corn is potentially harmful to human cells (according to a new scientific study on the matter), France has formally asked the EU to ban Monsanto’s GM corn (though, it seems to not be because of this new study, but other matters). France “originally banned the corn […]

February 23rd

Rising Tide, Sinking Boats — Economic Growth in G20 Nations is Increasing Inequality and Driving Climate Change

  In a briefing paper released January 19 by Oxfam.org entitled, “Left behind by the G20? How inequality and environmental degradation threaten to exclude poor people from the benefits of economic growth,” the standard mantra of pro-growth policy — a rising tide lifts all boats — appears to be an economic myth (like “trickle down”) and […]

January 29th

France is Now First Nation to Ban 'Fracking'

As reported in the June 30 on-line edition of Le Monde, the French Parliament has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing — the natural gas extracting technique known popularly as ‘fracking’. The law had passed the National Assembly nine days earlier and then moved on to the Senate, where the measure passed by a small majority of 176 (yes) to 151 (no). This makes France the first nation to ban the controversial extraction technique.

July 10th

Energy from Braking Trains Used to Charge Electric Vehicles

That last line might not seem so silly in the near future. In fact, the managers of Spain’s railway infrastructure (the ADIF, for Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias) have already pulled off a bit of a coup in electric vehicle charging tech when, a few days ago, a group of engineers succeeded in converting the kinetic energy produced by the the ADIF’s commuter trains under braking to charge electric cars. The “proof-of-concept” demonstration took place May 23rd, fully charging a Th!nk City car using only electricity generated by the train’s brakes.

Germany Abandons Nuclear Power

Germany will shut down all its nuclear power stations by 2020, according to the government’s Secretary of State for the Environment and Nuclear Safety, Jürgen Becker.

His comments were made earlier today to Reuters during a meeting of the International Renewable Energy Association (IREA) in the United Arab Emirates.

April 4th

French City Fréjus No Longer Hosting Bullfights

Activist organizations like the League against cruel sports won a major victory last month in France. The city of Fréjus has banned bullfighting, meaning that bullfighting is now almost entirely situated in the south-west corner of the country. Here’s more via the League: Last month, the Mayor of the French municipality of Fréjus announced that […]

November 24th

The EU and MTV Team Up: Copenhagen Prelude

The European Union (EU) and MTV are working together to get young people involved in the climate debate. The major entities started their “Play to Stop – Europe for Climate” campaign this month. Working with international music artists and other international celebrities, this is a major campaign to mobilize the youth around the topic of […]

July 29th

Global Warming is Shrinking Sheep and Fish

[social_buttons] Two seperate scientific studies have revealed that global warming is leading to significant reductions in the size of sheep and fish species, more evidence that climate change is forcing a huge range of species to adapt to a hotter world. The first study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, investigated […]

July 21st

Groups Try to Stop Asbestos Ship of Death from Docking in UK

Environmentalists are organizing a protest against the arrival of a ship in Hartlepool, England from France next week because the ship is loaded with 700 tons of toxic asbestos. [social_buttons] A Hartlepool company has been contracted to dismantle the ship, but environmental groups worry that they do not have the proper equipment or expertise to […]

February 2nd

Lights-Out Across France as Anti-Neon Brigade Grows

A growing group of environmental activists are taking advantage of emergency power shut-off switches found on the exteriors of businesses throughout France; toting broomsticks, they wander the streets at night to find businesses with neon lights still blazing in the window despite being closed, and simply reach or climb up to switch the power off.[social_buttons] […]

November 8th