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Environment Issues

Taxpayers Footing Costs for Solar-Thermal Technology Failures

High-tech solar power projects are not living up to promises their backers made about how much electricity they could generate...

Environmental Effects of the Single Use Bag

While most citizens of Austin find the bag ordinance to be beneficial to the environment, at least in terms of the reduction of litter, the results do not indicate a clear success...

China Leads the World in Oil Imports

China is embracing crude oil and natural gas consumption at a rapid pace...

A Bumpy Ride for Germany's Green Energy

By 2020, Germany plans to triple the amount of energy produced by wind (both onshore and offshore)...

France May Be Forced to Say Goodbye to Its Nuclear Program

France has to import its oil and gas; it has closed its coal mines and is uneasy about entering into shale energy...

Renewable Minigrids Could Bring Energy to Billions of People

From 2010 to 2012 some 222 million people — more than the population of Brazil — gained grid access for the first time...

The Demise of Traditional Hydro-Power

While the federal government owns only 8 percent of the total number of hydroelectric facilities, it accounts for 52 percent of total hydro generation due to the large size of its facilities...

How India Can Address the Risk of Rising Oil Prices

Due to the limitations of financial hedging, India will also need to start buying oil fields to gain more control over the markets...

Obama Injects the Solar Industry with $32 Million

Some $12 million will go toward projects to train solar technicians and provide information about solar power to other professionals in related fields such as real estate, insurance, finance and fire and safety...

Department of Energy Says No to Expanding Nuclear Capabilities

Although the nuclear industry accounts for 19 percent of U.S. electricity needs, the U.S. government has impeded the de¬velopment of a healthy, competitive nuclear sector...


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