Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Wind Power Bashed In Britain

Britain’s wind power industry has exploded in recent years as the government has committed to strict carbon emission reductions. However, last week was a bad one for the industry. It was battered from all sides as stories about wind farm revolts in Wales and green energy bill increases made the national news. 1500 protesters gathered [...]

Pond Scum Power!

While the rest of us have been arguing about this or that form of energy, scientists have been steadily improving the world’s next amazing technology: pond scum power. Actually, hydrogen produced from algae. Researchers at MIT recently found a way to boost the organism’s hydrogen production by 400%, bringing the process one step closer to [...]

Canadians Crank Conditioners, Burn Through Cash

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A new survey from Direct Energy says that 64% of Canadians keep the summer temperature of their homes at 22 degrees or lower. Direct Energy considers that to be absolutely frigid and is encouraging people to reassess their energy habits. Interestingly, the survey also concluded that half of Canadians do not know how much energy [...]

Can Fukushima Happen In Ontario? New Report Says Impossible

In the wake of Fukushima’s nuclear accident, Ontario Power Generation revaluated its safety and emergency preparedness.
OPG filed a report with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission at the end of April which included a review of its systems and equipment. It concluded that Ontario’s nuclear plants are safe and will continue to be. However, there is always room for improvement and OPG is now exploring ways to better deal with spent fuel rods and excess hydrogen build up.

Ireland finally making the push towards nuclear

There are rumblings in Ireland that indicate the country may be moving towards developing a nuclear energy program, a move that would finally put Ireland on equal footing with most of the developed world. Ireland has long shunned nuclear power — since 1986, in fact — when the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded and irradiated the [...]

Vladimir Putin is Anti-Wind, Pro Geo-Thermal, and Loves Tigers and Bears.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin spoke out against wind energy this week  at a United Russia Party Conference, claiming it can be detrimental to animal life, “Windmills, which are so widespread in many European countries seem to be an environmentally friendly kind (of energy), but in fact they kill birds…Vibration there is such that worms [...]

Sardines, Jackfruit being converted into Biofuels in India.

The State Task Force on Biofuels in Mangalore, India, is designing alternative energy initatives intended to increase the production of biofuels from agricultural waste. Most interesting , is their plan to convert jackfruit, cashew apples, and sardine oil into biofuel.  Chairman of the State Task Force Y.B. Ramakrishna stresses that coastal regions of India must [...]

Poll Suggests that the Conservative Party of Canada is Out of Touch with Canadians…Who Knew?

Just days after the Senate struck down Bill C-311,  an Environics research poll conducted between October 27th and November 1st, and released this week,  suggests the direction the Conservative Government is taking Canada is not the direction the majority of Canadians would like their country to go. Key Results: (Source : Newswire.ca) 87% of Canadians [...]

The Wind Stops Blowing in the U.K as Geothermal Heats up in Canada

It appears the momentum gained by the wind energy industry over the last few years is beginning to slow, at least in the U.K. U.K analysts are suggesting that by 2013, the installation of offshore wind farms will drop 93%. The slump is being predicted by an equal drop in sales of equipment used to [...]

Environmental Impacts of Post-Modern Journalism

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A lot of people seem to be waiting for the Future to finally arrive… As though it will be handed down by divine providence, or commercialised out of the efforts of scientists at MIT or inventive researchers at an ivy-league school. Others seem to share an unconscious knowledge that the future is constantly taking shape [...]

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