Clean Energy

World Bank: clean energy is the solution to poverty, not coal

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Rachel Kyte
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It is the development conundrum of our era. Extremely poor people cannot lift themselves out of poverty without access to reliable energy. More than a billion people live without power today, denying them opportunities as wide-ranging as running a business, providing light for their children to study, or even cooking meals with ease.

Ending poverty requires confronting climate change, which affects every nation and every person. The populations least able to adapt '€“ those that are the most poor and vulnerable '€“ will be hardest hit, rolling back decades of development work. ... Read more about World Bank: clean energy is the solution to poverty, not coal

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Can today’s EVs make a dent in climate change?

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http://news.mit.edu - David L. Chandler
Image: Flickr user Doc Searles/CC BY 2.0 (edited by the researchers)
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Electric vehicles can meet drivers’ needs enough to replace nearly 90 percent of vehicles now on the road. Could existing electric vehicles (EVs), despite their limited driving range, bring about a meaningful reduction in the greenhouse-gas emissions that are causing global climate change? Researchers at MIT have just completed the most comprehensive study yet to address this hotly debated question, and have reached a clear conclusion: Yes, they can.
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How LIDAR is Transforming Remote Solar Sales and System Design

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http://www.renewableenergyworld.com - Samuel Adeyemo
Figure 2: LIDAR being used to generate 3D model of site. Source: www.aurorasolar.com
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What do self-driving cars, the Mars rover and remote solar site assessment have in common? ... Read more about How LIDAR is Transforming Remote Solar Sales and System Design

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San Diego's climate change plan gets final OK

City Council approves blueprint for significantly reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2035

Raising the bar for municipalities across the country, San Diego on Tuesday adopted one of the nation’s most ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions.  And in one aspect, the city’s document goes further than the historic climate change deal forged Sunday by world leaders gathered in Paris: It creates legally binding mandates for reducing levels of greenh ... Read more about San Diego's climate change plan gets final OK

Japan Building World's Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

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http://spectrum.ieee.org/ - John Boyd
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Kyocera Corp. has come up with a smart way to build and deploy solar power plants without gobbling up precious agricultural land in space-challenged Japan: build the plants on freshwater dams and lakes. ... Read more about Japan Building World's Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

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Arnaud Vedy

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Arnaud Vedy

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GIS Consultant

Arnaud is a graduate student in GIS, a researcher at the Center for Information Convergence and Strategy at SDSU, and a GIS consultant for GENI and the SIMCenter. Back in France, where he is originally from, Arnaud graduated in Geography with honors. ... Read more about Arnaud Vedy

11 maps to mark the COP21 climate talks

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Elsa Wenzel
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Verbose. Indecipherable. Incroyable. Those are just a few ways to describe the dizzyingly complex COP21 climate negotiations in Paris this year.

Keeping the words to a minimum, the global maps below display some of what's at stake amid a changing climate, and where climate movement is afoot. Follow the links to the interactive original versions.

 

 

 Plume World Air Pollution Map

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Geodesign Session 5 Road Map

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As the demand for freshwater and energy increases in San Diego County and Northern Baja, the fresh water supply continues to shrink while energy generation remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Due to these opposing trends in supply and demand, it becomes increasingly imperative to identify solutions that move these communities to their preferred state in which they are largely reliant on renewable energy and use water sustainably. Large-scale energy solutions include wind power, one of the must abundant sources of energy in these regions. ... Read more about Geodesign Session 5 Road Map

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