German State Of Baden-Wuerttemberg Trying Out Car Lanes Specifically For Low-Emissions Vehicles

In imitation of the success of carpool lanes in some parts of the world, the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg is currently aiming to try out a pilot program for "Umweltstreifen" -- or, to put it in English, "eco lanes." These would be used by the drivers of low-emissions vehicles.

 

 

The Festival at Masdar City Showcases Benefits of a Walkable, Green City

While in the UAE for Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week this year, I got to spend a day enjoying "The Festival" at Masdar City. Masdar City is a wonderful, budding, walkable development in Abu Dhabi. Still at an early phase, there aren't nearly as many residents and businesses there as are expected in the future.

 

 

Bringing Electricity To More Via Microgrids (Video Interview)

ABB, the 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize winner in the "Large Corporation" category, is a world leader in various cleantech markets. Now it is diving into the nascent microgrid market.

 

 

Are Oil Prices Also Down Because of Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency?

The common assumption is that the fall in oil prices over the past year would hurt clean energy investment. However, that's really coming from a simplistic view of how the energy world works.

 

 

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154 US Cities Ranked For Bikeability by Bike Score

Which US cities are the most bikeable? Aside from listening to the personal cycling experiences from a resident of a city, or from hearing anecdotal evidence that such-and-such city is better for biking, there’s another way to gauge the bikeability of cities in the US, which might be handy for anyone looking to relocate to a city that can enable a more sustainable lifestyle for its residents.

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Do we really care?

Our Planet is not doing very well. Desertification, devastating storms, droughts, flooding, loss in biodiversity and many more increasingly worrying environmental / climate change related threats. Why are we not changing this? Do we have the power, the strength to change? Do we care?

 

 

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Does the global Sustainable Energy Transition pace need to accelerate? If yes, how should we acceler

While current energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond retain a dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, simple mathematics indicate that at the current pace of renewable energy investment (~0.3% of global GDP) the energy available to humans at the end of the century will be a small fraction of the current..

 

 

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Carbon Capture and Storage as Part of our Future Energy System

Energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond indicate growing global energy demand and a continued dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, even as utilization of renewable energy sources expands rapidly…

 

 

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How to Sustain Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is entering a period of uncertainty that mirrors the increasing uncertainty about oil prices.  Will increased demand from China and revitalized Western economies maintain oil prices at current levels in the face of increased supply from fracking and possibly from Iran?  If so, government support for renewable energy should remain strong.  If oil prices fall, however, then as in the 1980s many governments may cut their investments in new energy technologies so that alternative energy sources are unavailable when oil prices rise again.  What can we do now to ensure continuing support for renewable energy initiatives in the face of possible short term economic and political pressures?

 

 

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154 US Cities Ranked For Bikeability by Bike Score

Which US cities are the most bikeable? Aside from listening to the personal cycling experiences from a resident of a city, or from hearing anecdotal evidence that such-and-such city is better for biking, there’s another way to gauge the bikeability of cities in the US, which might be handy for anyone looking to relocate to a city that can enable a more sustainable lifestyle for its residents.

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Do we really care?

Our Planet is not doing very well. Desertification, devastating storms, droughts, flooding, loss in biodiversity and many more increasingly worrying environmental / climate change related threats. Why are we not changing this? Do we have the power, the strength to change? Do we care?

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Does the global Sustainable Energy Transition pace need to accelerate? If yes, how should we acceler

While current energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond retain a dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, simple mathematics indicate that at the current pace of renewable energy investment (~0.3% of global GDP) the energy available to humans at the end of the century will be a small fraction of the current..

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Carbon Capture and Storage as Part of our Future Energy System

Energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond indicate growing global energy demand and a continued dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, even as utilization of renewable energy sources expands rapidly…

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How to Sustain Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is entering a period of uncertainty that mirrors the increasing uncertainty about oil prices.  Will increased demand from China and revitalized Western economies maintain oil prices at current levels in the face of increased supply from fracking and possibly from Iran?  If so, government support for renewable energy should remain strong.  If oil prices fall, however, then as in the 1980s many governments may cut their investments in new energy technologies so that alternative energy sources are unavailable when oil prices rise again.  What can we do now to ensure continuing support for renewable energy initiatives in the face of possible short term economic and political pressures?

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