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Solar panels provide a boost to Eigg’s other sources of power

In 2008, Eigg became the world’s first community to launch an off-grid electric system powered by wind, water and solar – and this group of residents largely taught themselves how to do it. Before that, without access to a national grid, residents relied on noisy, expensive diesel generators that only ran for a few hours a day. The electrification scheme made 24-hour power available to residents for the first time.

Read more:   http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170329-the-extraordinary-electricity-of-the-scottish-island-of-eigg

European utilities commit to no new coal plants after 2020

As part of meeting its commitment under the Paris Agreement, the European Union announced it will build no more coal plants after 2020.

Read more:  https://thinkprogress.org/europe-no-coal-after-2020-pledge-12d06e49a986

First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution

Britain has gone a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the 1880s, National Grid says.

Read more:  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39675418

Germany Breaks A Solar Record — Gets 85% Of Electricity From Renewables

On April 30, Germany established a new national record for renewable energy use. Part of that day (during the long May 1 weekend), 85% of all the electricity consumed in Germany was being produced from renewables such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. Patrick Graichen of Agora Energiewende Initiative says a combination of breezy and sunny weather in the north and warm weather in the south saw Germany’s May 1 holiday weekend powered almost exclusively by renewable resources.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/05/08/germany-breaks-solar-record-gets-85-electricity-renewables/

When wolves return to the wild, everything changes

For some, wolves symbolise fear (Credit: Mark Miller/Alamy)

In Yellowstone, the wolves quickly reclaimed their spot as top predator. Ecologist William Ripple of Oregon State University has been studying the wolves since their return. He found that, within a decade of their release, the wolves had cut the number of elk – their main prey – by half. The surviving elks avoided the wolves’ core range and stayed on the periphery. Woody trees like aspen and willow, which had been chewed and trimmed by zealous elks, now grew tall and lush.

Read more:  http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170516-when-wolves-return-to-the-wild-everything-changes

Financial Times declares a winner in the war for energy’s future, and Big Oil won’t be happy

Traditional energy companies and mainstream financial publications are finally waking up to the new reality: The shift to renewable energy, electric cars, and a low-carbon economy is now unstoppable. The details of this transition are spelled out in a new, must-read, 4000-word article in the Financial Times, “The Big Green Bang: how renewable energy became unstoppable.” What is most remarkable about the article is that it appears in the Financial Times.

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/renewable-energy-is-unstoppable-declares-financial-times-40c222f439bb

The boom is here: U.S. solar experiences record-smashing year

200,000 people are working in an industry that is revolutionizing the energy sector.

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/report-u-s-solar-sales-doubled-in-2016-and-prices-dropped-20-percent-869b8a00989c#.r5oqwc66y

Teenager Is on Track to Plant a Trillion Trees

Children are not often invited to speak to the United Nations General Assembly. But there stood Felix Finkbeiner, German wunderkind in his Harry Potter spectacles, gray hoodie, and mop-top haircut—with a somber question about climate change. … “For most adults, it’s an academic question. For many of us children, it’s a question of survival,” he said. “Twenty-one hundred is still in our lifetime.”

Read more: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/felix-finkbeiner-plant-for-the-planet-one-trillion-trees/

The man who rebuilt a village

Life for Maila and Dawa Jangbo Lama came to a crashing halt when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal in April 2015. The couple scurried out in the nick of time, but their house, which was also their boutique travel lodge and grocery store, was damaged beyond repair. It seemed that life would never be the same again. But the resilient pair came up with an ingenious solution – and two years on, their village has bounced back in a most remarkable way.

Read more     http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170220-the-man-who-rebuilt-a-village

Scientists Think They’ve Found the Oldest Fossil Ever

A new study, published in the journal Nature, describes fossilized microorganisms thought to be between 3.77 and 4.28 billion years old. They were found in Quebec, Canada’s Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt, which is home to some of Earth’s most ancient rocks. Inside, researchers found the fossils of what they say are long-gone bacteria left behind during Earth’s tumultuous early days.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-think-theyve-found-oldest-fossil-ever-180962343/#Ob0gZPALBE88KS49.99
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