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The innovators: US scientists harness the power of evaporating water

A small Lego device on the shelf of professor Ozgur Sahin’s office at Columbia University could open up the possibility of another form of renewable energy, and one that is much cheaper than solar and wind. Sahin has used the

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Can the world convert to total renewable energy by 2050?

In 2009, Stanford University engineering professor Mark Jacobson outlined a plan for the world to get all its energy – including transport and heating fuel and electricity – from wind, water and solar resources by 2050. Considered radical at the

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World’s first feasible method to rid the oceans of plastic

A crowdfunded 100km-long boom to clean up a vast expanse of plastic rubbish in the Pacific is one step closer to reality after successful tests of a scaled-down prototype in the Netherlands. The Ocean Cleanup is developing world’s first feasible

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World’s largest ocean cleanup operation one step closer to launch

A crowdfunded 100km-long boom to clean up a vast expanse of plastic rubbish in the Pacific is one step closer to reality after successful tests of a scaled-down prototype in the Netherlands. Further trials off the Dutch and Japanese coasts

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Climate change could cause power blackouts worldwide

The record heat waves and devastating droughts that accompany climate change could also hurt the world’s electricity production, according to a new study. As temperatures warm and drought periods grow longer and more severe over the next 50 years, the

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Nexus: new way of thinking at water, energy and food

Nexus thinking is a new way of thinking that recognises the crucial interdependence of water, energy and food – a relationship that forms the core of the Environment Nexus project. This new Institute of International and European Affairs (Iiea) video

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How to fight carbon pollution

For the last 150 years, the burning of fossil fuels has revolutionized our world and powered our rapid industrial development. The unforeseen consequence was that carbon dioxide, absorbed by our oceans and pumped into our atmosphere is now causing temperature

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Water, food and energy…

The interconnections between water, energy, food and environment are like a board game where, to win, all the players need to gather as much resources as possible; will we be able of changing the rules used so far for the

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26% of the world will run on renewables by 2020

The International Energy Agency (IEA) on Friday 2nd October released a report, Medium-term renewable energy market report 2015, which found that by 2020, 26 percent of the world’s energy will be generated by renewable sources. The agency notes this is

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A present we can’t unwrap

In only 150 years or so, we will have burned all fossil fuel on the planet, if carbon emissions keep rising like last year. Over time all ice on Earth will melt and cities like New York will be commited

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