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The average US citizen is willing to pay 13 percent more for electricity in support of a national clean-energy standard (NCES), according to new research published by Yale and Harvard researchers. Americans, on average, are willing to pay $162 per year in higher electricity bills to support a national standard requiring that 80 percent of the energy be clean, or not derived from fossil fuels. Support was lower for a national standard among nonwhites, older individuals and Republicans.
Study links common household chemicals with rising rates of cancer
May 11, 2012 09:08 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
Common household chemicals may be a contributing factor behind significant increases in cancers and falling fertility, according to a new study released by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The chemicals which disrupt the hormone system — also known as 'endocrine disrupting chemicals' (EDCs) — may also be responsible for the rising rate of diabetes and an increased number of neurological development problems in both humans and animals, according to a review of recent scientific literature commissioned by the EEA.
Researchers at the University of Hull are developing a way to produce constant supplies of sterile water, powered simply by sunlight and air. The device is aimed at remote communities where conventional systems using chemicals or electricity are not a viable option. The research — funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust — will make use of molecules which, in response to sunlight, produce a form of oxygen that is highly toxic. Lead researcher from Hull’s Department of Chemistry, Dr Ross Boyle, originally developed these molecules to attack cancer cells, but has spotted a new application for their use in the developing world.
Biodiversity loss significant impact on ecosystems
May 3, 2012 07:16 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
Loss of biodiversity appears to affect ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution and other major forms of environmental stress, according to results of a new study by an international research team. The study is the first comprehensive effort to directly compare the effects of biological diversity loss to the anticipated effects of a host of other human-caused environmental changes. The results, published in this week's issue of the journal Nature, highlight the need for stronger local, national and international efforts to protect biodiversity and the benefits it provides, according to the researchers, who are based at nine institutions in the United States, Canada and Sweden.
Campaign groups clash over onshore wind turbine report
May 1, 2012 08:48 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
A new report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) highlights the dramatic roll-out of onshore wind turbines and calls on the Government to do more to protect the countryside. The campaign group says that in many cases these are damaging valued landscapes and intruding into some of the most tranquil areas of England.
David Cameron outlines a Green Plan for Britain, gets mixed reviews
April 27, 2012 07:10 AM - Staff, ClickGreen
Prime Minister's speech on the UK's drive for low-carbon energy has been given a lukewarm reception by campaign groups and industry leaders. Commenting on David Cameron's address, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins said he was still waiting to see evidence of the Coalition being the greenest Government ever. He added: "This falls a long way short of the green speech David Cameron should have given - tipping his hat to the need for a cleaner future and recycling a few announcements just won't measure up."
Bee, extinct in the UK to be re-introduced
April 26, 2012 05:35 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
The return of a bumblebee species extinct in the UK for nearly a quarter of a century has moved a big step forward. A team of conservationists is setting off to Sweden this weekend on a mission to collect up to 100 short-haired bumblebee queens before releasing them at the RSPB’s Dungeness reserve in Kent later this Spring. The project to return the bumblebee Bombus subterraneus to the UK is a partnership between Natural England, the RSPB, Hymettus and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and forms part of the wider Natural England-funded Species Recovery Programme.
China signs deal with Iceland to develop geothermal energy
April 25, 2012 08:42 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
The Chinese have signed a deal with Iceland to increase co-operation over the development of geothermal energy. China's Premier Wen Jiabao concluded the agreement last weekend during the first stage of a four-nation European tour. As a trained geologist, Wen toured the Thingvellir national park, home to popular tourist attractions the Gullfoss falls and the Geysir geyser. While visiting a geothermal plant, the premier voiced "strong support" for efforts to tap geothermal energy back home in China.
How Can we Separate Man Made Greenhouse Gases from Those Naturally Occurring?
April 21, 2012 10:00 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
A research team has developed a new monitoring system to analyze and compare emissions from man-made fossil fuels and trace gases in the atmosphere, a technique that likely could be used to monitor the effectiveness of measures regulating greenhouse gases. The University of Colorado Boulder-led team looked at atmospheric gas measurements taken every two weeks from aircraft over a six-year period over the northeast United States to collect samples of CO2 and other environmentally important gases.
Car emissions claim more UK lives than road accidents, study finds
April 20, 2012 11:33 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
Emissions from cars, lorries, planes and power stations causes 13,000 premature deaths in the UK each year, according to a new study by MIT researchers. The research team analyzed data from 2005, the most recent year for which information is available. They found that among the various sources of emissions in the country, car and truck exhaust was the single greatest contributor to premature death, affecting some 3,300 people per year. By comparison, the researchers note, fewer than 3,000 Britons died in road accidents in 2005.