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Green Father Christmas promotes less consumption
November 12, 2013 09:50 AM - Click Green staff, ClickGreen
A new 'Green Father Christmas' campaign is calling for the festive icon to embrace his green coat, abandoning his allegiance with big global consumer brands. Launched by Abundance Generation, the campaign stands for a Christmas less focused on consumption. 'Green Father Christmas' calls for those holding a greener Christmas to share his image online, allowing his new look to travel across the world.
Playing loud pop music boosts output of solar panels by 40%
November 6, 2013 12:10 PM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
Playing loud pop and rock music improves the performance of solar cells, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London. The high frequencies and pitch found in pop and rock music cause vibrations that enhanced energy generation in solar cells containing a cluster of 'nanorods', leading to a 40 per cent increase in efficiency of the solar cells.
UK Government Panel weighs in on fracking risks
November 3, 2013 09:04 AM - Staff, ClickGreen
Government health chiefs have admitted there is a risk to public health from exposure to emissions from shale gas extraction under the current monitoring framework. And scientists at Public Health England (PHE) admit that in the absence of regulations in the UK, drilling operators could potentially use a "wide range of chemical, many of which are classified as highly toxic and/or carcinogenic". It confirms that the risks from small-scale drilling for exploratory purposes are "clearly different from the risks from commercial scale operations".
Chickens to benefit from surge in biofuels popularity
November 1, 2013 10:10 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Chickens could be the unexpected beneficiaries of the growing biofuels industry, feeding on proteins retrieved from the fermenters used to brew bioethanol, thanks to research supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It has long been known that the yeasty broth left over after bioethanol production is nutritious, but it has taken a collaboration between Nottingham Trent University and AB Agri, the agricultural division of Associated British Foods, to prove that Yeast Protein Concentrate (YPC) can be separated from the fibrous cereal matter.
Wind power could generate 18% of global power by 2050
October 24, 2013 08:45 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Wind power could generate up to 18% of the world's electricity by 2050, compared with 2.6% today, according to new IEA research. The Technology Roadmap: Wind Energy — 2013 Edition finds that nearly 300 gigawatts of current wind power worldwide must increase eight- to ten-fold to achieve the roadmap's vision, with the more than USD 78 billion in investment in 2012 progressively reaching USD 150 billion per year.
Liquid air technology could boost the role of renewable energy
October 22, 2013 09:37 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Liquid air technologies could help Britain tackle some of its toughest energy challenges, says a new report launched at Parliament today. The report, "Liquid Air Technologies — a guide to the potential," shows how liquid air could help balance an electricity grid increasingly dominated by intermittent renewables; provide strategic energy storage to keep the lights on; sharply reduce CO2 and tail-pipe emissions from vehicles; and convert low grade waste heat into usable energy throughout the economy.
In the UK, fracking debate distracting public from energy efficiency
October 21, 2013 06:56 AM - Staff, ClickGreen
Public debates such as fracking for shale gas is distracting the nation from focusing on energy efficiency, according to new research from the Energy Saving Trust. The findings of the new poll also reveal one in four households are worried about how the UK will generate enough energy in just FIVE years' time.
Crop Pests Spread Towards Poles
September 3, 2013 11:13 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
A new study has revealed that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year. The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Exeter and the University of Oxford, shows a strong relationship between increased global temperatures over the past 50 years and expansion in the range of crop pests. Currently 10-16% of global crop production is lost to pests. Crop pests include fungi, bacteria, viruses, insects, nematodes, viroids and oomycetes.
New report calls for immediate action to tackle aviation emissions
August 27, 2013 08:56 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
A new scientific report released today highlights the critical importance of taking early action when implementing measures to reduce the climate impact of rapidly increasing emissions from aviation. With a decision expected shortly on how and when to tackle international aviation emissions, today's report increases the pressure on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) (the United Nations agency responsible) not to defer a decision on the adoption of a market-based measure (MBM).
Shale gas fracking linked to earthquakes in Youngstown, Ohio
August 20, 2013 08:47 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
A leading seismologist has linked the process of shale gas fracking with more than 100 earthquakes that blighted a city in the US Midwest within the space of just 12 months. Since records began in 1776, the Ohio city of Youngstown had never experienced a single earthquake, until a deep injection well was built to pump waste-water produced by fracking in neighboring Pennsylvania. The Northstar 1 site started pumping operation in December 2010 and within the following 12 months seismometers in and around Youngstown recorded 109 earthquakes; the strongest being a magnitude 3.9 quake.