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How green is your fuel?

How green is your fuel?

Andrew Simms

12th April, 2012

In an exclusive extract from 'Ampera We're Electric', Andrew Simms takes a closer look at what powers our cars and asks whether motoring has a greener future to look forward to more...
Five of the best…electric cars

Five of the best… electric cars

Ruth Styles

29th March, 2012

If you can’t use public transport, the electric car is the next best thing – provided of course, you power it up with renewable electricity. We round up five of the most planet-friendly

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Vauxhall Ampera

Electric cars: could the new Vauxhall Ampera really make driving greener?

Ruth Styles

22nd July, 2011

From fossil fuel generated electricity to unreliable batteries, electric cars haven’t always lived up to the hype. But with the launch of the Vauxhall Ampera, could all that be about to change? Ruth Styles reports more...
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UK announces £5,000 subsidy for electric car buyers from 2011

Tom Levitt

14th December, 2010

Electric cars are no longer just a 'pipe dream' claims transport minister as he announces £60 million in funds for charging points and grants for people buying new vehicles more...

Five steps to developing a community-based energy project

Mary Walsh

17th August, 2010

A practical guide to help would-be community developers turn renewable energy projects into climate change-busting reality more...
Electric car trial results

Electric cars can 'fit with current driving patterns'

Ecologist

18th June, 2010

First results of UK-wide trials dispel fears about the 'range anxiety' of electric cars running out of power: typical users' driving habits can remain unchanged more...

The open-source hydrogen car set to change the industry

Alex McDonald

20th January, 2010

Cars are evil, right? But what if they ran on hydrogen, did 300 miles per gallon, were leased rather than owned, and were produced under an open source business model... more...
Jeremy Harrall

UK needs electric cars and nuclear power, says watchdog

Ecologist

12th October, 2009

Government climate watchdog says a 'step change' in Government policy is needed to meet carbon reduction targets more...
Solar Car 'Endeavour'

Under the hood of the solar electric car

Ecologist/Positive TV

25th August, 2009

Cambridge University's solar electric car 'Endeavour' was unveiled in July as a contender in the Global Green Challenge - a gruelling race across the Australian outback in October. Now, the Ecologist and Positive TV take a look at the guts of this remarkable vehicle, and ask - what does it mean for the average road user? more...
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New offshore wind farms could power every UK home

Eifion Rees

26th June, 2009

The findings of a strategic environmental assessment open the way for an increase in the number of offshore wind farms, which could produce enough energy to power every household in the UK more...
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Can electric vehicles overtake competing green car technologies?

Adam Vaughan

25th February, 2009

Electric cars are backed as a climate panacea by the majority, but are there negative impacts we're missing in the rush to electrification? more...

Power On - Energy from Waste

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

Each year, UK livestock produce some 60 million tonnes of collectable faeces. If left to run into water-courses or even spread on fields, this waste can lead to the same problems associated with excessive fertiliser use – algal blooms and aquatic life starved of oxygen.
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Power On - Hydrogen

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

There is much talk of the possibility of a future ‘hydrogen economy’, which will power all our vehicles and homes. It is important to remember that hydrogen is not an energy source; it is an energy carrier. To obtain hydrogen it must be split from either natural gas or water molecules. The former, most widely used, method not only requires energy but also gives off carbon dioxide (CO2) in the process. Hydrogen produced in this way requires more energy to make than will eventually be returned when it is used. It makes more sense from a climate perspective to burn the natural gas itself than to convert and re-convert it to hydrogen in this way.
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Power On - Wind

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

The UK has been described as the ‘Saudi Arabia’ of wind, with some 50 TWh of onshore and at least 450 TWh of offshore power available every year, well in excess of our current electricity demand.
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Power On - Tidal Power

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

The potential for the use of tidal power in the UK is enormous, amounting to, at the very least, 20 per cent of our electricity needs.
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Power On - Solar Power

Jon Hughes, Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

Every year, each square metre of the UK receives between 900 and 1200 kWh of solar radiation. Capturing just some of this energy could make a significant contribution to fulfilling our energy requirements.
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Environmentalists sue over US coal subsidies

News

27th July, 2007

Environmental groups in the US are taking the government to court over its plans to subsidise new coal-fired power plants. more...
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Zac, the Prince, and the eco-cars

Rosalie Portman

6th June, 2007

On Monday, Zac Goldsmith and Prince Charles test drove a series of environmentally friendly vehicles at an event arranged by Revolve, a charity which promotes sustainable transport. more...
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Nuclear power can’t take the heat

News

21st May, 2007

Future nuclear power plants, which are to be given the green light in the Government’s Energy White Paper later this week, will be forced to reduce their output as temperatures rise as a result of climate change, the International Herald Tribune has reported. more...
Investigations

It's electrifying...

Mark Anslow

17th May, 2007

Once you get over the fact that not even tinted windows, a subwoofer, and Snoop Dogg riding shotgun would make the Maranello IV electric car ‘cool’, you can begin to think about driving and car ownership in a whole new way. more...
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'Dirty Thirty' named and shamed

News

11th May, 2007

Ten of the Europe's thirty most polluting power stations are in the UK, a new report from the World Wildlife Fund has revealed. more...
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Change your lightbulbs

Matilda Lee

1st March, 2006

Carbon Coach Dave Hampton completely ignores Matilda Lee’s thermostat and heads stright for her lightbulbs.
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Blackout Britain

Mark Townsend

1st June, 2004

Within two years, Britain could be facing a series of blackouts and the ignomony of importing the resource it once considered so plentiful from a host of politically unstable countries. more...

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