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Photo Credit: Big coal –> big biomass at the U.K.’s Drax Power Station

Photo Credit: Big coal –> big biomass at the U.K.’s Drax Power Station

Situated on the River Ouse, the Drax Power Station provides about 7% of the United Kingdom’s electricity supply.  With its 4 GW capacity, Drax is the second largest coal-fired power plant in Europe and the U.K.’s number one emitter of carbon dioxide.  This spring, facility directors announced that half of the plant’s capacity would be converted to [...]..

September 6, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott
Is the ‘problem’ with renewables really a lack of R&D?

Is the ‘problem’ with renewables really a lack of R&D?

In an article for Slate, Bjørn Lomborg calls for fewer subsidies and more R&D funding for renewable energy. Here is the crux of his article, “Green energy needs to be cheaper, so let’s invest in R&D instead of subsidies”: The solution is to innovate the price of renewables downward...

September 3, 2013 — David Wogan
Children at work and play in a Filipino charcoal factory

Children at work and play in a Filipino charcoal factory

Today, a brief glimpse at life inside a charcoal factory in a slum outside of Manila. Families, including young children, work in these factories making charcoal or scavenging in dumpsters for food and other supplies...

September 2, 2013 — David Wogan
As a River Runs Dry

As a River Runs Dry

Just outside of Thomaston Ga., a red dirt driveway winds its way through a forest of sweet gums, oaks, pines and beech trees, marking the lone driven track on a large swath of land.

August 31, 2013 — Robynne Boyd
A Tale of Two Energy Priorities – Told In Charts

A Tale of Two Energy Priorities – Told In Charts

I like charts. And I like to tell stories through charts. So let’s begin… According to the latest data from the UT Energy Poll, here’s where Americans most want to see their tax dollars spent: Not surprisingly, job creation is a high priority...

August 29, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Guest post: Electric Vehicles Need New “Assembly Line” Breakthrough

Guest post: Electric Vehicles Need New “Assembly Line” Breakthrough

By Wang Tao Struggling sales in the electric vehicle (EV) market have resulted in serious questions being raised about their viability. Despite Chinese government incentives, only a few Chinese EV pilot cities have met their target of putting 1,000 EVs on the road...

August 28, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott

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