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Germany’s 62-Mile Bike Highway to Connect 10 Cities + 4 Universities

Germany’s 62-Mile Bike Highway to Connect 10 Cities + 4 Universities

By Kelly McCartney Leave it to Germany to build a bicycle autobahn that connect 10 cities within its borders. The goal? To take some 50,000 vehicles off the actual highways and make commuting by bike a much easier—and safer—proposition. RS1 The idea was sparked six years ago when a cultural project caused the one-day closure […]

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    Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies

    Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies

    Worldwatch Institute Global use of solar and wind energy continued to grow significantly in 2012. Solar power consumption increased by 58 percent, to 93 terrawatt-hours (TWh), and the use of wind power increased by 18 percent, to 521 TWh. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Although hydropower remains the world’s leading renewable energy, solar and wind continue […]

    Energy Efficient Process Discovered to Turn Seawater into Freshwater

    Energy Efficient Process Discovered to Turn Seawater into Freshwater

    By Nathan August Seawater desalination with nothing more than a small electrical field? A simple new method of creating freshwater from seawater—that uses far less energy than conventional methods do—has just been developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Marburg in Germany. A prototype “water chip” developed by […]

    Renewable Energy Activists Unite Worldwide to End the Age of Dirty Coal

    Renewable Energy Activists Unite Worldwide to End the Age of Dirty Coal

    TckTckTck Activists from across the world came together this past Saturday to be part of a global movement calling for an end to the age of coal and standing together for a clean energy future. In Istanbul, youth activists attending Global Power Shift joined local groups to march the streets calling for an end to […]

    Report Reveals Key to Scaling Renewable Energy Worldwide

    Report Reveals Key to Scaling Renewable Energy Worldwide

    World Wildlife Fund Challenges in scaling implementation of renewable energy must be addressed if the target of 100 percent sustainable renewables by 2050 is to be achieved, according to a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report. In the report, challenges inhibiting scaling up implementation in seven countries—China, India, Germany, Morocco, Philippines, South Africa and Spain—are […]

    U.S. Coal Exports Causing Deaths in Europe

    U.S. Coal Exports Causing Deaths in Europe

    Sierra Club Greenpeace By Justin Guay and Lauri Myllyvirta Increasing coal burning in Europe caused 2,000 additional premature deaths, with exports from the U.S. accounting for two thirds of that increase. Coal-fired power plants are silent killers. Hour after hour, these plants fill the air with toxic pollutants, including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and tiny […]

    A New Age Defines Human Impact on Global Water Cycle

    A New Age Defines Human Impact on Global Water Cycle

    Globaïa International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Water in the Anthropocene is a three minute film charting the global impact of humans on the water cycle. Evidence is growing that our global footprint is now so significant we have driven Earth into a new geological epoch—the Anthropocene. Human activities such as damming and agriculture are changing the global […]

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Greenpeace By Rex Weyler We know what is killing the bees. Worldwide Bee Colony Collapse is not as big a mystery as the chemical companies claim. The systemic nature of the problem makes it complex, but not impenetrable. Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air […]

    San Onofre Is Dead and So Is Nuclear Power

    San Onofre Is Dead and So Is Nuclear Power

    Harvey Wasserman From his California beach house at San Clemente, Richard Nixon once watched three reactors rise at nearby San Onofre. As of today all three are permanently shut. It’s a monumental victory for grassroots activism. It marks an epic transition in how we get our energy. In the thick of the 1970s Arab oil […]