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January 18, 2016 A new paradigm for renewable energy

Source: Science Line

Scotland, with its long shorelines and brisk coastal winds, is a well of potential tidal and wind energy. Now it is teaming up with its island neighbors, Ireland and Northern Ireland, to build one of the world’s first large-scale...

January 15, 2016 Global mercury emissions down 30 percent as coal use drops: USGS

Source: Reuters

Global emissions of mercury from manmade sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing use of coal, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Wednesday

January 15, 2016 Oil Falls Back Below $30 With Brent Discount Biggest Since 2010 - text/video

Source: Bloomberg

Oil fell to a new 12-year low below $30 a barrel in New York, while the discount on global benchmark Brent reached a five-year high as Iran moved closer to restoring exports.

January 15, 2016 Obama administration will announce halt on new coal leases

Source: Miami Herald

The Obama administration will announce a moratorium Friday on any major new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of whether the fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American...

January 15, 2016 Why clean energy is now expanding even when fossil fuels are cheap

Source: Washington Post

In a new analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds that 2015 was a record year for global investment in the clean energy space, with $ 329 billion invested in wind, solar panels, biomass plants and more around the world. (The...

January 14, 2016 Science panel faults EPA fracking probe for excluding baseline water testing

Source: State Impact/NPR

The Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark investigation into the impact of fracking on drinking water lacked baseline testing that would have made its results more illuminating, according to a scientific panel that assessed...

January 14, 2016 Air pollution: UK environment ministers face court action within weeks

Source: The Guardian

UK environment ministers will be taken to court within weeks to make them speed up plans to reduce dangerous urban air pollution.

January 14, 2016 Mideast Desert Sands Could Store Solar Energy

Source: Discovery News

CSP plants utilize arrays of mirrors to focus the sun’s energy to a central storage tower. As needed, the energy then is used to heat water into steam and turn turbines to generate electricity.

January 13, 2016 Oil rises for first time in eight days on China, U.S. stock draw

Source: Reuters

Oil prices rose for the first time in eight days on Wednesday as positive Chinese trade data and an unexpected draw in weekly U.S. crude oil inventories gave investors reasons to buy crude futures.

January 13, 2016 US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, says report

Source: The Guardian

The US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, a new report from the Solar Foundation claims, with most of the jobs in power panel installation.

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