• Renewables supply 14 pct of German power: industry

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Renewable energy made up more than 14 percent of Germany's power consumption in 2007, up from almost 12 percent in 2006, with wind as the main contributor, the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) said on Tuesday. Energy derived from wind, solar, water, biomass and thermal heat accounted for 9 percent of Germany's total primary energy consumption last year, reducing the country's CO2 emissions by 115 million tones, the association said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Beijing Introduces Strictest Fuel Standard Yet

    On January 1, China’s capital city of Beijing introduced its toughest vehicle fuel standard yet. The rule requires that gasoline and diesel sold in the city must comply with the new China IV emission standards, equivalent to the European Union’s Euro IV standards. Under the elevated standard, motor fuels are permitted to contain only 50 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur, compared with the previous China III level of 150 ppm. >> Read the Full Article
  • NOAA: Sunspot is harbinger of new solar cycle, increasing risk for electrical systems

    A new 11-year cycle of heightened solar activity, bringing with it increased risks for power grids, critical military, civilian and airline communications, GPS signals and even cell phones and ATM transactions, showed signs it was on its way late Thursday when the cycle’s first sunspot appeared in the sun’s Northern Hemisphere, NOAA scientists said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Environmentalists Up In Arms Over New $2600 Car

    An Indian firm is selling new cars for under $2,600, a move that has been criticized as a ticking time bomb by environmental groups. The so-called “People’s Car”, the RS 1 Lakh, is manufactured by Indian giant Tata, which is reportedly in talks to buy British carmaker Jaguar from current owners Ford. Tata is marketing the car as a safer alternative to motorbikes for Indian families. Tata chairman Ratan Tata said: ‘That’s what drove me - a man on a two-wheeler with a child standing in front, his wife sitting behind, add to that the wet roads - a family in potential danger.’ >> Read the Full Article
  • Statement from U.S. Department Of Energy Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary For Fossil Energy James Slutz

    “Clean coal technology is a vital component of the Bush Administration’s vision for a cleaner, more secure energy future. FutureGen, which seeks to demonstrate integrated clean coal technologies with carbon capture and sequestration, remains a cornerstone of this vision..." >> Read the Full Article
  • Proven Passive Solar, Low Cost, Low Energy Homes

    Passive solar energy for homes is so passive it goes almost unnoticed on the menu of opportunities to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Quiet, mild mannered and laid back, it’s one of the easiest and lowest cost ways to build a low energy home. Just ask Bruce Brownell, the founder of Adirondack Alternate Energy. He’s built more than 350 of them. His simple, well thought-out passive solar home design has been proven for 30 years. All of them are successful at dramatically cutting heating energy costs while providing a healthy environment to live in. >> Read the Full Article
  • $100 A Barrel? What is the True Cost of Gasoline?

    We've done it. We've finally reached the psychologically important $100/barrel oil. The recent surge that got us there is more likely due to the plummeting dollar than other factors, but nonetheless will ultimately impact the price paid for gasoline at the pump. But even as the price goes higher, there are additional costs that are not paid at the pump. What are they, and who's paying them? >> Read the Full Article
  • South Korea to ban single-hulled tankers after spill

    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will ban single-hulled tankers from traveling in its waters by 2011, earlier than the international regulation that calls for a ban from 2015, Seoul's maritime ministry said on Monday. A single-hulled tanker was involved in South Korea's worst oil spill in December, leaking around 10,500 tons of crude oil after a seabound crane mounted on a barge punched holes in the tanker's hull. >> Read the Full Article
  • High oil a blessing and a curse for farmers

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Sky-high crude oil prices are both a blessing and a curse for U.S. farmers, who have seen a sharp jump in their energy-based input costs but also higher revenues from crops used for renewable fuel production.

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  • Clean power for Norwegian oil and gas rigs seen costly

    OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's hopes of supplying cleaner electricity to offshore oil and gas platforms to help fight global warming suffered a setback on Friday when an official report projected higher-than-expected costs.

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