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Using Tree Rings to Understand Previous Climate Changes

Using Tree Rings to Understand Previous Climate Changes

Jul 10, 2012 at 16:18 | Editorial Dept

It’s been a tough few months for tree-rings, perhaps unfairly. Back in April, we commented on a study [that one of us (Mike) was involved in] that focused on…

Norwegian Oil Companies to Shutdown All Oil Production at Midnight

Norwegian Oil Companies to Shutdown All Oil Production at Midnight

Jul 09, 2012 at 16:19 | James Burgess

The strike between offshore Norwegian oil workers and the oil companies is now into its third week with little progress made in the talks over pensions. The oil companies have…

Landfills Contain Precious Metal Deposits 40-50 Times Richer than Mines

Landfills Contain Precious Metal Deposits 40-50 Times Richer than Mines

Jul 09, 2012 at 16:18 | Charles Kennedy

Technology advances at a phenomenal rate in the consumer electronic device market, with more efficient, faster, lighter, more powerful devices being released each year. This means that each year thousands…

Official Report Blames Fukushima on Negative Japanese Cultural Traits

Official Report Blames Fukushima on Negative Japanese Cultural Traits

Jul 06, 2012 at 16:49 | Charles Kennedy

Over a year after the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daihatsu power plant, the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, created by the Japanese parliament investigate…

Largest Hydroelectric Project in the World is Completed, but at What Cost?

Largest Hydroelectric Project in the World is Completed, but at What Cost?

Jul 06, 2012 at 16:47 | James Burgess

On Wednesday the Three Gorges dam in China had its 32nd, 700-megawatt turbine installed, completing the mega-project and bringing its total capacity up to 22.5 gigawatts, making it the largest…

China Looks to Russia's Hydroelectricity to Meet Growing Energy Demands

China Looks to Russia's Hydroelectricity to Meet Growing Energy Demands

Jul 06, 2012 at 16:46 | Joao Peixe

Industrialisation has enabled economies in Asia to develop faster than ever, and this has shifted the balance of world energy consumption from the West to the East. China is by…

$26 A Gallon for Biofuel - Is the Navy Paying too Much to be Green?

$26 A Gallon for Biofuel - Is the Navy Paying too Much to be Green?

Jul 05, 2012 at 17:22 | Charles Kennedy

At the current RIMPAC, the world’s largest international naval exercise, the US are testing the use of biofuel as part of their plan to ‘green the fleet’ by 2016. The…

China to Quadruple 2015 Solar Energy Target

China to Quadruple 2015 Solar Energy Target

Jul 05, 2012 at 17:21 | Joao Peixe

Due to the massive in-balance between supply and demand for solar cells, largely due to the huge manufacturing output of China, prices of PV panels have fallen to unprofitably low…

GT Energy and E.ON to Develop Five New Geothermal Projects in the UK

GT Energy and E.ON to Develop Five New Geothermal Projects in the UK

Jul 05, 2012 at 17:20 | Joao Peixe

As part of plans to increase operations in the UK and benefit from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) programme, Ireland’s GT Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with…

Explosion Causes Huge Fire at Thailand's Largest Oil Refinery

Explosion Causes Huge Fire at Thailand's Largest Oil Refinery

Jul 04, 2012 at 15:35 | Joao Peixe

Early investigations into the cause of a huge fire at an oil refinery, which happened early Wednesday morning in Bangkok, suggest that an oil or gas leak was to blame.


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