Australian Solar Could Power Singapore Within a Decade

When the 720 km power cable from Norway to the UK made landfall two years ago it was hailed as the longest in the world. Now a Singaporean renewable energy company has plans for an undersea power line five times longer. Sun Cable plans to generate electricity using solar power …

Berkeley Became First US City to Ban Natural Gas

Berkeley this week became the first city in the United States to ban natural, fossil gas hook-ups in new buildings. The landmark ordinance was passed into law on Tuesday, after being approved unanimously by the city council the previous week amid resounding public support. Although Berkeley may be pushing the …

Renewable Power ‘Already Cheapest Kind of Electricity in Many Countries’

Renewable power is already the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world. That’s the verdict from a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which suggests the cost advantage of renewables will extend further as prices continue to fall in the next decade. It …

IEA: Global Carbon Emissions Hit Record High in 2018

Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions hit a new record last year, with an increase of 1.7% globally. That was a result of higher energy consumption, which grew by 2.3% – nearly twice the average rate of growth since 2010, according to latest figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA). …

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Drones Are the New Cost-Effective Way to Monitor the Environment

Bay Journal Riverkeepers, researchers and volunteer monitors have long kept an eye on water quality from the ground and from the river. But, with the help of technology that’s suddenly far more accessible, they’re taking to the skies, too. Unmanned aerial vehicles, also called UAVs or drones, have recently become …

Report Finds Plastic’s Entire Lifecycle Harmful to Humans

The global effort to reduce plastic production and waste often focuses on the use of specific items – straws, single-use grocery bags – or on the challenge of recycling or how to clean up the mess. It’s rare to see researchers offer a holistic view of how plastic is directly …

Banning Single-Use Plastics ‘Could Lead to Higher Carbon Emissions’

Banning single-use plastics could lead to higher carbon emissions. That’s according to a new report published by BP, which says a worldwide ban on the use of plastics for packaging and other single-use purposes from 2040 onwards would lead to lower than anticipated demand for oil. In 2017, single-use plastics …