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Finland’s 100-year plan for burying nuclear waste

Beneath a forested patch of land on the Gulf of Bothnia, at the bottom of a steep tunnel that winds for three miles through granite bedrock, Finland is getting ready to entomb its nuclear waste. If all goes well, sometime

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Unlocking energy savings from buildings

The past decade has seen major changes across the energy sector, from the emergence of solar PV or shale oil and gas to electric vehicles and high-efficiency lighting. But one sector has seen very little change. The building sector represents

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East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on 14th Jan, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the 32 sailors were recovered. The

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Most expensive year on record for US natural disasters

The US experienced a record year of losses from fires, hurricanes and other weather related disasters in 2017, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). Total losses amounted to $306bn the agency said, over $90bn more than the

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Companies are realizing that renewable energy is good for business

The conservative city of Georgetown, Texas, runs on renewable energy. After all, wind and solar power are more predictable and easier to budget than oil and gas. Clean power pushes may be associated with more left-leaning cities, but Republican mayor

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This is what America’s eco city of the future looks like

Dale Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, population 65,000, and he has become a minor celebrity in environmental circles as a result of a pioneering decision in 2015 to get all the city’s electricity from renewable sources. Georgetown’s location in

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Everyone loves green energy, especially the Chinese

The levels of public support in the US for renewable energy has been strikingly consistent over the years, despite the lack of similar enthusiasm among policymakers. Now the Danish green energy company Ørsted (which used to be called Dong, back

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New energy pioneers: Envirofit

Envirofit is a social enterprise that innovates smart energy products and services to improve lives on a global scale. Envirofit has developed a line of smart clean cooking technologies that cook faster while reducing fuel use, smoke, and toxic emissions.

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What the Earth would look like if all the ice melted

We learned last year that many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter

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Arctic’s boreal forests burning at ‘unprecedented’ rate

In a sign of how swiftly and extensively climate change is reshaping the Arctic environment, a new study has found that the region’s mighty boreal forests — stands of mighty spruce, fir, and larch trees that serve as the gateway

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