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Carbon dioxide emissions

How to make money from fighting climate change

Reg Platt

16th September 2010

Renewable energy presents a unique opportunity for getting communities engaged in reducing their emissions - and benefiting financially - says Reg Platt of IPPR more...
CSP trough-based system

Solar power – the hidden threat to water supplies

Andrew Williams

18th August, 2010

Concentrating solar power plants seem in many ways like a silver bullet for the world's energy problems - but have we looked closely enough at their environmental impacts? more...
Solar garden light as night light

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part four - ecogadgets

Sue Wheat

13th August, 2010

Sue immerses herself in the addictive world of ecogadgetry, including water-powered alarm clocks and a crash course in cooking with blankets... more...
India's first Sauvignon blanc

Growing green grapes and bottling sustainable wine in India

Anna da Costa

10th August, 2010

Viticulture is growing at a rate of knots in India, and the country's largest winery is leading by environmental example more...
Ecologist summer reads

The Ecologist's top ten eco summer reads

Claire Baylis

29th July, 2010

Seven top environmentalists recommend their reads for the summer, covering everything from psychological thrillers to steady state economics more...
Sue Wheat's street

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part two - insulation

Sue Wheat

3rd June, 2010

Sue has a brief love affair with solar panels, but realises that if she shies away from the thorny issue of solid wall insulation, she's throwing good money after bad more...
solar power plant

Solar to provide quarter of electricity by 2050

Ecologist

14th May, 2010

North Africa expected to become major producer of concentrated solar power (CSP), more than half of which would be exported to meet European electricity demands more...

Letter: Making a solar water heater from plastic bottles

Martin Hemingway

13th May, 2010

A reader recalls a solar water heater being installed in a local school swimming pool back in the late 1960s more...

How to make a solar water heater from plastic bottles

Giovana Zilli

6th May, 2010

Retired mechanic Jose Alano invented a simple, cheap, energy saving rooftop solar water heater which is benefiting thousands of people. Here's how it's done... more...
solar panels on roof, sunflowers in foreground

AUDIO: What does the new Feed-in Tariff mean for households?

Louise Parry

22nd March, 2010

It may have a dull-sounding name, but the Government's new Feed-In Tariff could revolutionise home energy generation. So how does it work, and what's the catch? more...
Unveiling the Ecohouse

The solar powered house of the future?

Ecologist

4th March, 2010

This gallery of images shows a prototype solar powered, zero carbon house designed by students at Nottingham University more...
Desert world

What's stopping us getting solar power from deserts?

Mark Jansen

10th February, 2010

Plans to use concentrating solar power plants in the Sahara to generate and export electricity have been on the table for years. Now, it looks as though political will might help move things forward more...

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A small solar panel framed in wood

Solar lighting spells the end of kerosene in Africa

Charlotte Webster

8th February, 2010

A simple but effective solar kit is helping to bring light to homes in the less-industrialised world without the choking side-effects of kerosene lamps more...
Installing solar panels

UK to pay public for generating green energy - but will it be enough?

Ecologist

1st February, 2010

Campaign groups believe the payments will be too low to encourage significant numbers of people to install small scale renewable energy in their homes and communities more...
Pedestrian walkways

PHOTO GALLERY: Visionary architect unveils eco designs

Christine Ottery

24th December, 2009

An exhibition in Beijing reveals architect Paolo Soleri's latest radical green city concept more...

India's plan for a solar power revolution

Anna da Costa

18th August, 2009

India is set to embark on the country's largest solar endeavour - increasing solar capacity from 3 megawatts to 20 gigawatts by 2020 more...
'The Dawn Commute' by Jonathon LittleJohn

Campaigning for cheaper solar power

Stephanie Wallis

29th July, 2009

Feed-in Tariffs for renewables are what the UK needs to make home-grown energy more attractive. We look at what the 'We Support Solar' coalition is doing to bring about a change, and take a look at the group's new photography competition...
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Map of plan to bring solar power from Africa to Europe

Solar power from Sahara a step closer

Ashley Seager

2nd November, 2009

The German-led Desertec initiative believes it can deliver power to Europe as early as 2015 more...

10p to create a solar power sector in UK

Ecologist

29th September, 2009

A higher tariff for green electricity generation would help the UK catch up with the rest of Europe 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...
The world's first solar-powered blimp

Solar plane to cross English Channel

Ecologist

25th July, 2009

World's first manned solar-powered airship provides an inspiration for cleaner travel more...
Pembrokeshire college

Welsh construction centre leads field in sustainability

Eifion Rees

16th July, 2009

The new Construction and Sustainable Energy Centre in Haverfordwest is a blueprint for the newbuild higher education buildings of the future, in Wales and beyond more...
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The case for harnessing renewable energy

Tim Helweg-Larsen and Tim Holmes

9th April, 2009

The authors of the recent Climate Safety report make the case for harnessing the UK's renewable energy resource. By Tim Helweg-Larsen and Tim Holmes more...
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Giant solar power plant to tap Sahara sunshine

News

15th August, 2008

Algeria switches from oil production to harnessing the power of the Sahara sun more...
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Problems with renewables - land wars

Paul Kingsnorth

1st April, 2008

Renewables good, fossil fuels bad... unless, of course, renewables begin to take up more and more land in order to meet our energy needs. Paul Kingsnorth adds fuel to a tricky debate. more...

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