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Renewable Energy Grows, Investments Shrink

Investments in renewable energy are down for 2013, but market share continues to grow.   An article in BBC News reported on the 14% decrease in renewable investments in 2013. A report from UNEP attributes the decrease in investment to falling costs of solar power systems and policy uncertainty among many countries. Despite experiencing the second year…

Of the four types of CSP systems, the solar power tower is by far the most dramatic. Source: Solarpower.com.

Concentrated Solar Power: Focusing the Sun

In the race to harness renewable energy, one technology combines a new-age focus on solar energy with the relatively old concept of steam-driven power plants. Known as Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), these systems rely on arrays of mirrors to focus the sun’s heat on a “working fluid,” which creates steam to drive a turbine. As…

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The Pitfalls of Climate Engineering

In the debate surrounding solutions to climate change, we’ve heard of everything from space-based power stations to wrapping Greenland in reflective blankets. One proposal of global proportions has become more popular in recent years. Known as climate engineering, it consists of altering the climate, only this time by design. The most promising technique involves injecting…

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Resolutions for a Planet

For some, the New Year’s Resolution is a catalyst for life-changing action; for others, it is an exercise in futility. Whatever the outcome, though, we understand that goal setting is the critical first step toward problem solving. While we still have much to learn about what ails our planet, we do maintain a wealth of…

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How Clean Is Your Cleaners?

Until now, our posts have dealt with solutions to environmental impacts at their largest scales. But we hear everyday that individual decisions make a difference, so today’s topic is of more immediate relevance to many individuals, particularly those who value pressed shirts and wire hangers. With enough patience and motivation (and, of course, the right…