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How Much Carbon Does Urban Green Space Store?

Image from http://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/1346116.jpg A recent study has calculated the amount of atmospheric CO2 that has been captured by a new green belt in Leipzig, Germany. The footprint ranges from 29 to 218 tonnes of CO2 sequestered per hectare depending on … Continue reading

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Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

Source: http://www.solarinsure.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/concentrated-solar-power-solar-thermal.jpg A recent study from EASAC (the European Academies Science Advisory Council) examines how far CSP can help the EU reach its target of all electricity being produced with zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. It concludes that … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, solar

Earth Overshoot Day

Image from Global Footprint Network In 2011, Earth Overshoot Day, the approximate date our demands on nature for a given year exceeds the planet’s ability to replenish, fell on September 27. In 2010 it was 21 August so surely this … Continue reading

Posted in Sustainablity

James Hansen

Photograph from media.treehugger.com James Hansen was in the UK this week to receive the prestigious Edinburgh Medal for his contribution to science. In his lecture he argued that taking action on climate change is on a par with ending slavery. … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change

Denmark To Run Country Entirely on Renewables by 2050

Image: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17628146″ Denmark has announced that by 2020 a third of its energy will come from renewable energy and by 2050 it will be 100%. Remarkably this has support across the country’s political spectrum.

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Are gadgets getting more energy efficient?

Not according to the Observer. Instead it predicts a rise in electricity bills by £100 per year for every household to pay for plasma TVs, high-end PCs and mobile phones and a rise in energy use from 1,000 kWh per … Continue reading

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Woking Albion Square Canopy

The Albion Square Canopy has been a controversial project since it was first approved in 2004. It was conceived as a gateway to the town and as a solar power project generating an estimated 51,000 to 58,000 kWh a year. … Continue reading

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