Category Archives: Climate Change and Renewable Energy

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China just built a 250-acre solar farm shaped like a giant panda

The Panda Power Plant in Datong, China. China Merchants New Energy/Panda Green Energy Most solar farms align their solar arrays in rows and columns to form a grid. A new solar power plant in Datong, China, however, decided to have a little fun with its design. China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country’s … Continue reading China just built a 250-acre solar farm shaped like a giant panda

France will ‘ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040’

Environment minister unveils five-year-plan to fulfil country’s commitments under Paris Agreemen. France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the country’s new environment minister has announced. Nicolas Hulot made the announcement as he unveiled a series of measures as part of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make the country carbon … Continue reading France will ‘ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040’

Renault-Nissan to build energy storage plant from EV batteries to rival power stations

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is planning to build a 100MW energy storage plant big enough to power 120,000 homes, which can replace a gas or coal-fired power station, sources told Reuters. It is widely seen as a pilot project that could lead to a major new business opportunity for OEMs. Following trialling using electric vehicle (EV) … Continue reading Renault-Nissan to build energy storage plant from EV batteries to rival power stations

Renault Enters Smart Home Energy Market

Renault has launched a smart energy system, which looks to make use of second-life EV batteries for domestic and commercial energy storage. Partnering with Powervault, the system will undergo trials with customers who already have solar panels installed. A total of 50 units will be involved in the trial, which will involve eligible M&S Energy … Continue reading Renault Enters Smart Home Energy Market

Scientists say the pace of sea level rise has nearly tripled since 1990

A new scientific analysis finds that the Earth’s oceans are rising nearly three times as rapidly as they were throughout most of the 20th century, one of the strongest indications yet that a much feared trend of not just sea level rise, but its acceleration, is now underway. “We have a much stronger acceleration in sea level … Continue reading Scientists say the pace of sea level rise has nearly tripled since 1990

Air pollution kills more people in the UK than in Sweden, US and Mexico

WHO figures show people in Britain are more likely to die from dirty air than those living in some other comparable countries People in the UK are 64 times as likely to die of air pollution as those in Sweden and twice as likely as those in the US, figures from the World Health Organisation … Continue reading Air pollution kills more people in the UK than in Sweden, US and Mexico

Cash-strapped councils breaking the law on air pollution, documents reveal

Exclusive poll for The Independent shows public – and most Conservative voters – back banning the most-polluting cars from city centres as pressure builds on the Government It has been described as a “public health emergency” responsible for tens of thousands of deaths every year, but dozens of local councils have been failing to report … Continue reading Cash-strapped councils breaking the law on air pollution, documents reveal

Hitachi Starts U.K. Project to Mix Clean Power and Electric Cars

Hitachi Ltd. will work on a smart-grid project in Southwest England that seeks to combine renewable energy, battery storage and electric vehicles to balance power output and usage. Hitachi’s European unit will develop a so-called Internet-of-things platform for the 10.8 million-pound ($13.13 million) project in the Isles of Scilly, in Cornwall, according to a statement … Continue reading Hitachi Starts U.K. Project to Mix Clean Power and Electric Cars

How Far Behind is the US in General, and Disney in Particular?

Culture Shock With apparently ever-increasing globalisation most of us have an expectation that we can travel to other Western countries and find facilities and a culture similar to our own – after all, a McDonald’s Big Mac bought in Paris is recognisably the same as one from New York. Occasionally, though, we find things to … Continue reading How Far Behind is the US in General, and Disney in Particular?