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Titan behaves like Venus, Mars when exposed to raw power of solar wind 31.1.2015 New Kerala: Technology
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Fudging the Future 30.1.2015 Truthout.com
I recently mentioned in a column on renewable energy that solar power could generate half of the world's electricity by 2050. I cited the International Energy Agency as my source. Actually, the IEA is predicting that rooftop, utility-scale, and industrial solar will fuel about one quarter of the global grid by then. Wind energy will account for another 18 percent. All told, the IEA says renewable energy will generate at least two-thirds of the world's electricity 35 years from now. Green energy's future is clearly bright. But I felt bad, even a bit sick about my mistake. I corrected my column at OtherWords.org. Then, I checked something out. How precise is energy forecasting? To put it politely, the experts who get paid to predict these things aren't the most accurate arrows in the quiver. Take the still-unfolding crude crash. Its cause boils down to one simple fact: The industry is producing way more oil than consumers want. With supply outweighing demand, prices have plunged by more than 50 percent ...
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Balcombe balks at tax changes for community green-energy projects 30.1.2015 Guardian: Environment
Village which brought fracking to public attention fears changes to tax relief will thwart efforts to spread solar energy use Continue reading...
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Solar power in the UK almost doubled in 2014 29.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Installed solar photovoltaic capacity grows from 2.8GW to nearly 5GW as industry hails ‘milestone achievement’

Solar power almost doubled in the last year, with 650,000 installations ranging from solar farms to panels on homes, figures showed.

By the end of 2014 there was almost five gigawatts (5GW) of solar photovoltaic panels installed, up from 2.8GW at the end of 2013, the Department of Energy and Climate Change figures showed.

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Biofuels are not a green alternative to fossil fuels 29.1.2015 Guardian: Environment
Biofuels and bioenergy take up finite land resources at the cost of food production and carbon storage and doesn’t guarantee carbon emissions cuts Powering cars with corn and burning wood to make electricity might seem like a way to lessen dependence on fossil fuels and help solve the climate crisis. But although some forms of bioenergy can play a helpful role, dedicating land specifically for generating bioenergy is unwise. It uses land needed for food production and carbon storage, it requires large areas to generate just a small amount of fuel, and it won’t typically cut greenhouse gas emissions. First, dedicating areas to bioenergy production increases competition for ...
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Steamboat briefs: Steamboat to see more than 10K visitors Saturday 29.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
About 10,905 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday. The figure represents 69 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 84 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 72 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 66 percent full. Lodging is expected to dip to 9,967 visitors by Wednesday. The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings. Northwest Colorado VNA to host volunteer recruitment The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s new Volunteer Services Program is recruiting volunteers for expanded opportunities throughout the organization. Opportunities include assisting with fundraisers and ...
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Clean Energy Collective, Craig community celebrate solar garden 29.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Although the solar garden reception started just as the sun dropped behind the horizon, plenty of energy filled Cassidy's Bar and Lounge Wednesday night at the Clarion Inn and Suites. The garden is a collaborative effort between the city of Craig, Clean Energy Collective and Yampa Valley Electric Association . CEC hosted the reception to celebrate finishing the 577-kilowatt system. Those who rent or own property on YVEA’s electric grid can purchase one of the $825 panels. Each panel will save customers about $45 per year on electric bills. As of Oct. 8, customers had purchased 46 percent of the garden. Craig Mayor Terry Carwile, YVEA General Manager Diane Johnson and CEC Chief Executive Officer Paul Spencer spoke at the reception and expressed gratitude at the ability to participate in a partnership that brings diversification to Craig’s energy blend. “The project is small, but the impact potential is huge,” Carwile said. At the same time the garden brings diversification to Craig’s energy sources, it ...
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India eyes ambitious renewables targets - with US help 29.1.2015 New Scientist: Sex and Cloning
Months before the UN climate summit in Paris, India has set ambitious new targets for renewable energy, and will now have access to US ...
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Apple billions = better batteries? 28.1.2015 BBC: Technology
A plea to end recharging cable hell
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Low oil prices won't hurt renewable energy, says US EIA 28.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

Tax incentives more important than oil price and oil is not in head-on competition with renewables for electricity production, says government’s chief energy analyst

Cheap oil is not about to kill off wind and solar power as some experts have claimed, the US government’s chief energy analyst said on Wednesday.

The historic drop in crude oil prices, with Brent crude trading at $49.04 a barrel in London on Wednesday, had raised fears that renewable energy sources would struggle to compete.

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Live chat - as it happened: Obama's India visit 28.1.2015 Hindu: Home
Following President Obama's visit to India, it is time to understand what this historic visit means for India, for the U.S., this region and more importantly for the people of both countries. Join The Hindu's correspondents in New Delhi to discuss the Obama visit.
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Craig briefs: YVEA community solar grand opening is Wednesday 28.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Yampa Valley Electric Association will host a grand opening celebration for the community-owned solar array. Energy Collective, a Colorado-based group that aims to provide clean power generation to people regardless of housing ownership status, partnered with YVEA to build a solar garden in Craig. The garden is an effort between the city of Craig, CEC and YVEA. Learn more about community solar and meet fellow renewable energy enthusiasts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites. City Council candidates bid deadline is Friday Those wishing to run for Craig City Council or mayor must turn in petitions by Friday. Petitions can be obtained from city hall, and candidates must gain signatures from registered voters in Craig in order to be on the ballot. Completed petitions must be returned to City Clerk Kathy Larson. All candidates for city council seats must “be United States citizens, at least 25 years of age, residents of the State of Colorado and the City of Craig for at least one-year prior to ...
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Oil-rich Saudis find new help in struggle to delay action on climate change: Cheap gas 27.1.2015 Washington Post
As the ruler of a country that sits atop 300 billion barrels of oil, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah was no fan of proposals to limit the burning of fossil fuels. During most of his reign, the king’s chief envoy to climate talks was a ­global-warming skeptic who boasted of his success at scuttling climate treaties.Read full article >>
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Africa's new breed of 'solar-preneurs' 27.1.2015 BBC: Business
Africa's "solar-preneurs" bring light to the unconnected
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WorldViews: As Obama visits, what Delhi’s air pollution says about India and climate change 27.1.2015 Washington Post: World
NEW DELHI —The thick winter haze that settles over Delhi — a nasty mix of smog, vehicle exhaust and smoke from cooking fires — abated somewhat when President Obama arrived in India this week for talks. A bit of rain came and cleared the air. Even so, the air quality index hovered around 200 when the president arrived at the viewing stand to watch India’s Republic Day Parade on Monday. That’s approaching what’s deemed a “very unhealthy” level of the microscopic 2.5 particulate matter, which causes respiratory disease and other ailments.Read full article ...
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Why London is rubbish at solar 26.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

Lack of political leadership, a mobile population, cramped roof spaces, and the indifference of the rich to energy costs contributes to poor take-up of solar

In the end, it was a bit of an anticlimax. After years of wanting to stick solar panels on the roof of my London home, all I had to show for their installation earlier this month was a garden-full of scaffolding and a new box next to our fuse box.

Many people will understandably have written off solar power at home as the government incentives paid for them have been massively cut, sometimes so drastically that it prompted successful legal action against the coalition.

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Mahindra to treble solar energy investment 26.1.2015 Financial Times: Energy
Indian conglomerate seeking to capitalise on Modi’s manufacturing push
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Craig briefs: Artwalk needs artists and chocolate makers 26.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The Downtown Business Association is looking for artists, chocolatiers, musicians and businesses for the 20th annual Artwalk that takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14 in downtown Craig. The fee for artists and businesses is $35. Contact Nadine at the Kitchen Shop at 970-824-8148 or Yvonne at Favorite Things at 970-824-5833 to sign up or for more information. Community Square Dance to take place A Community Square Dance will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion on Friday. Everyone in the community is invited. Pat and Wanda McBride, experienced teacher callers, will visit from Grand Junction to help with the event. Also, Mrs. McCormick’s P.E. classes from Sunset Elementary School will be performing a dance they have learned. For more information, call Betta Boatright at 970-824-2046. Poker run to offer fun activity for charity The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club will sponsor its annual Poker Run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Freeman Reservoir Trailhead Parking Lot on ...
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The carbon that's killing India, and how California can help 26.1.2015 LA Times: Top News
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The Challenge of the Planets, Part Three: Gravity 26.1.2015 Wired Top Stories
It is strange that Lexell’s Comet is not better remembered. Discovered by ace comet-hunter Charles Messier on the night of 14 June 1770, it passed Earth just two weeks later at a distance of 1.4 million miles, closer than any other comet in history. On the evening of 1 July 1770, its nucleus shown as ...
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