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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

June 18 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Energy companies generate the lion’s share of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, about 40% of the total. But they will also suffer as global warming picks up pace, as generators – from nuclear reactors to coal-fired power plants – feel the brunt of the weather changes. [The Guardian]
  • Scientists from Korea University have shown that human urine is a rich source of carbon catalysts, prompting a rethink of how we handle our biological waste. Material called “porous urine carbon” displayed catalytic strength comparable to the widely-used Platinum catalyst. [Asian Scientist Magazine]
  • University of Utah electrical engineers have designed a thin layer made of a transparent plastic or glass that sorts and concentrates sunlight to boost the overall efficiency of solar cells by up to 50%. [Energy Harvesting Journal]


  • A poll commissioned by Greenpeace International, found that 85% of those interviewed in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia supported a binding target to reduce energy wastage by 2030, while 86% supported a binding renewable energy goal. [EurActiv]
  • ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall have won approval from the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change to develop a 1.2 GW wind farm off the coast of Suffolk. The project will eventually feature about 325 turbines.[Clean Technology Business Review]
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping says that his government is drawing up new criteria for reforming energy consumption and production and will move faster to modernize its outdated energy regulations. []
  • France is set to unveil a much-delayed energy transition bill on Wednesday that will avoid making tough choices on its dominant nuclear energy sector, instead focusing on measures to cut red tape currently stifling renewables and boost energy savings. [Reuters]
  • At 38 GW, more solar PV capacity was installed globally in 2013 than wind and roughly as much as hydroelectric power, according to a new report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century. []


  • Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to the Associated Press. [CleanTechnica]
  • Mosaic, the first company to crowdsource investments to finance solar projects, has launched Mosaic Places, a technology platform allowing the public to raise funds to put solar on local community centers, schools, libraries, places of worship, and businesses. [Your Renewable News]
  • Nine Republican governors signed a letter addressed to President Obama urging him to dispose of the recent EPA rules regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions, including the rule that would require a reduction in carbon emissions of 30% by the year 2030. [Watchdog Wire]
  • Thanks to new investments in natural gas and utility-scale solar energy, El Paso Electric, a Texas utility with nearly 400,000 customers, announced on Monday that its electricity mix will be free from coal by 2016. [ThinkProgress]

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