Greening the Earth could fight climate change as efficiently as cutting fossil fuels

Planting trees, revitalizing soil, and other natural environmental actions could prove as effective in fighting climate change as ceasing all oil use across the planet, according to new study published by an international team of scientists in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Toronto’s waterfront to undergo major futuristic redesign thanks to Google’s Sidewalk Labs

In collaboration with Sidewalk Labs, a start-up created by Google to “accelerate innovation in cities around the world,” the city of Toronto will embark on a futuristic redesign of its waterfront that will incorporate cutting edge technology and sleek modern design to build an urban gathering place for businesses, locals and visitors. Innovations on the Toronto waterfront may include free public Wi-Fi, automated trash systems, robust renewable energy sources, and self driving cars. “This project…

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First floating wind farm in the world begins generating power

Five massive wind turbines floating in the ocean near Scotland have started sending energy to the grid. Statoil, a Norwegian power company, has been working on the 30 megawatt Hywind Scotland project for several years, and it’s now up and running. The wind farm can power around 20,000 homes.

Related: The world’s largest floating wind farm is planned for the California coast

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Spectacular origami pavilion made of recycled plastic pops up in Columbus, Indiana

Origami-inspired Synergia pavilion in Columbus is a complex, LED-lit public structure made from recycled plastic. Students of the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design in Bloomington, led by Professor Jiangmei Wu, designed the pavilion as an experiment in building complex structures that grow similarly to biological forms, soap bubbles, and crystal patterns.

The temporary pavilion sits on the site of Eero Saarinen’s North Christian Church in Columbus, and references the famous architect’s…

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October 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Atlantis Resources has redeployed the fourth and final 1.5MW turbine at its MeyGen Phase 1A tidal array in the Pentland Firth in waters off northern Scotland. Following final completion testing, MeyGen Phase 1A is expected to formally complete its construction phase. It should enter into its 25-year operational phase within the coming weeks. [reNews]
AR1500 turbine at MeyGen Phase 1A (Atlantis image)

AR1500 turbine at MeyGen Phase 1A (Atlantis image)

  • Over a quarter of the 1,675 companies that owned or developed coal-fired power capacity since 2010 have entirely left the coal power business, according to research from CoalSwarm and Greenpeace. This represents nearly 370 large coal-fired power plants, and equivalent to nearly half a trillion dollars in assets retired or not developed. [Scoop.co.nz]
  • The world’s first floating wind farm is being opened today in waters off the northeast coast of Scotland. The £210 million ($277 million) development, which will be opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, is a partnership between Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable power company, and Norwegian energy giant Statoil. It will power about 20,000 homes. [The Scotsman]
  • A study by researchers at the University of Delaware found that the most cost-effective way to build offshore windfarms is to assemble turbines and foundations in port. The researchers calculated that their innovative process will cost up to $1.6 Billion less for a 1-GW project than conventional approaches and take half the time. [Offshore Wind Journal]
  • Sun Number and Zillow® have partnered to provide instant analyses of a properties’ solar energy potential to homeowners, home buyers and real estate agents. Sun Number scores are available on Zillow for more than 40 million individual buildings nationwide. Buildings are rated for solar potentials to reduce utility bills. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

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Bloomberg gives $64 million to anti-coal campaign

The Donald Trump administration had made a lot of noise about bringing back coal. But with renewable energy soaring, and coal plants retiring, their efforts may go in vain – and a new $64 million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies could facilitate progress towards cleaner sources of power. Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and philanthropist, said, “The Trump administration has yet to realize that the war on coal was never led by Washington – and Washington cannot end it.”

The…

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Fantastical off-grid home is the perfect pad for Fred Flintstone and Bilbo Baggins

Related: This Oregon dome home could be yours – if aliens don’t come for it first

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Via The Register Guard

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