From German Trains To South Korean Buses, Hydrogen Fuel Is Back In The Energy Picture

From German Trains To South Korean Buses, Hydrogen Fuel Is Back In The Energy Picture
As the price of renewable energy drops and storage technologies mature, hydrogen fuel is drawing fresh attention. Perhaps, finally, hydrogen’s moment has arrived. Japan is planning to use the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to showcase its vision for a hydrogen society and has invested US$348 million in establishing hydrogen refueling stations and other infrastructure. Germany has launched the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains...

How A Game Can Move People From Climate Apathy To Action

How A Game Can Move People From Climate Apathy To Action
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been called a “deafening” alarm and an “ear-splitting wake-up call” about the need for sweeping climate action. But will one more scientific report move countries to dramatically cut emissions?

Why China Wants To Dominate The World's Green Energy Markets

Why China Wants To Dominate The World's Green Energy Markets
Renewable energy is increasingly inevitable, and those that dominate the markets in these new technologies will likely have the most influence over the development patterns of the future. As other major powers find themselves in climate denial or atrophy, China may well boost its power and status by becoming the global energy leader of tomorrow.

How To Move Energy Policy Beyond Bias And Vested Interests

How To Move Energy Policy Beyond Bias And Vested Interests

The Turnbull government’s flagship energy plan, the National Energy Guarantee, was intended to end a decade-long stalemate on energy and climate policy in Australia. Ironically, since its unveiling in October 2017, the debate has heightened considerably, with the result that the government has now walked away from the emissions-reduction component of the policy.

How Geo-Engineered Crops May Help And Harm

How Geo-Engineered Crops May Help And HarmTo cool the world and also boost plant growth, geo-engineered crops might do the trick. But if they work by dimming the sunlight, the plants will suffer. Proposals to tackle climate change that rely on geo-engineered crops show neatly the double bind that can await remedies which try to do too much.

Why Americans Are Embracing Climate Change Realities

robert lipton 10 1Robert Jay Lifton was born 91 years ago. Living through the catastrophes of the 20th century — world war, tyrannical regimes, genocide, the nuclear bomb, terrorism — he grappled with their terrible impact on human beings. His work as a psychiatrist, historian and public intellectual forged his reputation as one of the world’s foremost thinkers. 

Why We Should Be Turning Waste Into Fuel

Why We Should Be Turning Waste Into FuelThe federal government recently announced that it is giving recycling company ResourceCo a loan of A$30 million to build two waste-to-fuel plants producing “solid waste fuel”. The Conversation

Why States Are Pushing Ahead With Clean Energy

Why States Are Pushing Ahead With Clean Energy Despite Trump's Embrace Of CoalOn Tuesday, March 28, President Trump traveled to the Environmental Protection Agency to sign an executive order rolling back a number of climate-related regulations that have taken effect over the past eight years.

How Electric Cars Can Help Save The Grid

How Electric Cars Can Help Save The Grid

A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia’s east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast.

How Conservatives Will Grow To Love Carbon Pricing

How Conservatives Will Grow To Love Carbon PricingIn some political circles, hostility to climate policy has become a way of showing off one’s conservative credentials. But a suggestion for pricing carbon, grounded in classic conservative principles, has now emerged in the United States.

How Smart Solar Can Protect Our Vulnerable Power Grids

How Smart Solar Can Protect Our Vulnerable Power GridsSome commentators seem to be worried that our electricity networks are facing an impending voltage crisis, citing fears that renewables (rooftop solar panels in particular) will threaten the quality of our power supply.

Don't Bet On Renewable Energy Alone To Stop Global Warming

Don't Bet On Renewable Energy Alone To Stop Global WarmingThe Paris climate agreement has now officially come into force. Although Donald Trump and other climate change deniers have vowed to abandon it, most have hailed the agreement as a huge success and a significant milestone in our quest to limit the effects of global climate change.

Why Biofuels Turn Out To Be A Climate Blunder

Why Biofuels Turn Out To Be A Climate BlunderEver since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent option is using biofuels, such as ethanol in place of gasoline and biodiesel instead of ordinary diesel.

Should Troubled Nuclear Reactors Be Subsidized?

Should Troubled Nuclear Reactors Be Subsidized?Since the 1950s, U.S. nuclear power has commanded immense taxpayer and customer subsidy based on promises of economic and environmental benefits. Many of these promises are unfulfilled, but new ones take their place. More subsidies follow.

Today's Electric Cars Can Cover Most Of Daily Driving Needs

General Motors is developing the all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, which is designed to have a driving range of about 200 miles. General MotorsElectrifying transportation is one of the most promising ways to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, but so-called range anxiety – concern about being stranded with an uncharged car battery – remains a barrier to electric vehicle adoption.

What Works And Doesn't Work With Carbon Pricing

What Works And Doesn't Work With Carbon PricingPolitical hurdles and low prices have made carbon pricing a low-impact affair. But there’s still hope it can help limit climate change. Earth’s atmosphere has long served as a free dump for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by humans.

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