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Huge Solar Storm hitting Earth
March 8, 2012 07:03 AM - Staff, ClickGreen
NASA scientists are warning that Earth will be bombarded today by the first wave of a massive solar storm that erupted from the surface of the Sun on Wednesday. A huge wave of solar radiation will strike Earth this morning after travelling through Space at speeds of 1,300 mph. The flare could result in a severe geomagnetic storm, causing aurora, or the Northern Lights at low latitudes, with possible disruption to high frequency radio communication, global positioning systems (GPS), and power grids.
Diesel Exhaust linked to cancer
March 3, 2012 06:47 AM - Staff, ClickGreen
Heavy diesel exhaust (DE) exposure in humans may increase the risk of dying from lung cancer, according to two new studies released this week. Starting in the 1980s, studies have investigated a possible causal relationship between exposure to diesel exhaust and lung cancer. In 1989, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified diesel exhaust as a probable carcinogen. To determine the association between diesel exhaust exposure and the risk of dying from lung cancer, Michael D. Attfield, Ph.D., formerly of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in Morgantown, West Virginia, Debra T. Silverman, Sc.D., of the National Cancer Institute, and colleagues, conducted a cohort study of 12,315 workers in eight underground nonmetal mining facilities, called the Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study.
New UK strategy looks to reduce costs of offshore wind power
March 2, 2012 09:22 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
A new strategy to co-ordinate links to offshore wind farms has been published which could reduce the cost of connections by up to £3.5 billion. Energy regulator Ofgem and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have today published a report showing how more co-ordination in the development of offshore links and infrastructure can be achieved.
European nations will have to set legally binding targets on energy efficiency
February 28, 2012 04:44 PM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
European countries will have to set themselves legally binding national energy efficiency targets, and save energy by specific means such as renovating public buildings, under a draft EU directive approved by a European Parliament committee today. The new directive would not only save energy, but also reduce CO2 emissions, and hence demand for emission allowances under the EU's emissions trading scheme, notes the Energy Committee. Energy efficiency can become a driver of the EU economy by reducing dependence on imports, creating jobs, freeing up financial resources, boosting competitiveness, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The EU has set itself the task of achieving 20% primary energy savings in 2020 (currently a non-binding target), but the Commission estimates that if no measures are taken, the EU will only achieve half of that by 2020.
Fire at UK Biomass Power Plant triggered by a single spark
February 28, 2012 06:57 AM - Staff, ClickGreen
Fire investigators believe a spark from machinery triggered the huge fire that swept through Europe's biggest biomass power plant yesterday. Firefighters spent more than 15 hours tackling the fire at the Tilbury power plant on the banks of the River Thames in Essex. The damage is understood to be widespread and fire chiefs believe it will take a further two days to remove the embers of the wood pellets that fuelled the blaze.
Global CFC ban and unintended consequences
February 27, 2012 06:54 AM - Staff, ClickGreen
The Montreal Protocol led to a global phase-out of most substances that deplete the ozone layer, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). A happy side-effect of the gradual ban of these products is that the Earth’s climate has also benefited because CFCs are also potent greenhouse gases. However, now a "rebound effect" threatens to accelerate the rate of global warming. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which have been used in recent years in increasing quantities as substitutes for CFCs, are also climatically very active and many are also extremely long-lived.
Banks and investors back calls to biggest companies to cut emissions
February 20, 2012 10:15 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
On behalf of 92 pension funds, asset managers, insurers and banks, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which holds the world’s largest collection of self-reported corporate environmental data, has sent letters to the CEOs of 415 of the world’s largest public companies calling for cost-effective management and reductions of their carbon emissions.
Europe and US sign trade agreement over organic products
February 16, 2012 08:56 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
The European Union and the United States has announced that organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. This partnership between the two largest organic-producers in the world will establish a strong foundation from which to promote organic agriculture, benefiting the growing organic industry and supporting jobs and businesses on a global scale.
World's biggest offshore wind farm officially connected to the Grid
February 10, 2012 07:44 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
The world's biggest offshore wind farm was officially opened today after record-fast construction in the middle of the Irish Sea. The 102 turbines of the two connected Walney wind farms cover an area of 73 square-kilometres and were formally connected to the National Grid in a ceremony today. With a capacity of 367.2MW, the huge project can provide low-carbon, green electricity to 320,000 homes. The generating capacity of each turbine, supplied by Siemens Wind Power, is 3.6MW, and the rotor diameter of the turbines is 107m for Walney 1 and 120m for Walney 2, with a maximum height of 150m from sea level to blade tip.
Cambridge University reveals breakthrough for super-efficient solar cells
February 9, 2012 08:57 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
New solar cells could increase the maximum efficiency of solar panels by over 25%, according to scientists from the University of Cambridge. Scientists from the Cavendish Laboratory, the University's Department of Physics, have developed a novel type of solar cell which could harvest energy from the sun much more efficiently than traditional designs. The research, published today, could dramatically improve the amount of useful energy created by solar panels.