• Renewable energy overtakes coal as world’s largest source of power capacity

    Recent efforts by several large polluting nations have started to make a global impact in power capacity and now the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirms that renewable energy has overtaken coal as world’s largest source of power capacity as of last year. The organization announced today that it is raising its 5-year forecast for renewable […]

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  • New green initiatives at RMSC aim to cut storm water runoff

      As the world becomes more urbanized, it becomes increasingly obvious that this development is not without side effects. In particular, an increase in impervious surfaces causes a corresponding increase in stormwater runoff volume, sedimentation, and an increase in contaminants in the runoff that has the potential to impact downstream ecosystems (Brabec et al. 2002). […]

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  • Cost Reductions for Offshore Wind: Signs of Progress, Expectations for More

    The barriers to offshore wind are formidable. Yet, after many years of delays and cost increases, there are signs of progress. Offshore wind bids coming out of Europe suggest that steep cost reductions are at hand; the most recent of those bids, for a 350 MW near-shore project off the coast of Denmark, came in […]

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  • Yellowstone National Park ‘thirsty’ concrete absorbs water

    Old Faithful spews thousands of gallons of water high into the air, but elsewhere at Yellowstone National Park, another wonder is quietly gulping water down. The park recently unveiled a new 4,000-square-foot walkway built with Flexi-Pave, an asphalt replacement made of recycled tires and stone. Just one square foot of the material can absorb 3,000 […]

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  • Route 66 to become testing ground for solar sidewalks and roads

    Route 66 will soon become the testing ground for an experiment that developers hope may change our roadways in the future. Curbed reports that hexagonal glass panels manufactured by Solar Roadways will be laid over a sidewalk near a rest stop in Conway, Missouri, in early December. According to Missouri Department of Transportation staff, this will […]

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  • Detroit residents using rain gardens to protect water infrastructure

    If there were any doubts about the importance of water management in Detroit, they were likely washed away with this past month’s rainstorms. As roads, freeways, and basements flooded, raw sewage discharged onto the Lodge. Detroiters saw more than four inches of rain in twenty-four hours when the average rainfall for the entire month of […]

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  • World’s largest carbon-capture power station to open on schedule & within budget

      When they fire up the Petra Nova system at the W.A. Parish power plant this year, it will become the world’s largest coal plant capable of capturing its own carbon, perhaps extending a lifeline for coal in an era of severe climate change (pdf). The 240-megawatt facility outside Houston, Texas, is expected to capture […]

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  • World’s Largest Solar Plant Goes Online

    The Indian state of Tamil Nadu is now home to the world’s largest solar power plant, according to local reports. The massive, 648-megawatt array was officially linked to the grid after being hooked up to a 400kV substation, the operator Adani Green Energy Ltd announced Wednesday. The plant is spread across 2,500 acres in the […]

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  • Solar-Powered, Glow in the Dark Bike Lanes are Being Tested in Poland

    If, by any chance, you are planning to visit Poland, don’t forget to bring your bike. Driving a narrow track beside a road in a suburban area, an action that might have been risky in the past, has become an exciting experience. TPA Instytut Badan Technicznych in Pruszkow designed the first luminous bike lane, which opened last week near […]

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  • Will Kenya regain its golden era of green architecture?

    Nairobi is a city on the move. Nowhere is this progress more evident than in new skyscrapers outdoing each other in height. Every new structure is hyped as the next tallest building in East and Central Africa. Yet, in competing to touch the clouds, majority of the new buildings have adopted the Western outlook of […]

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