Renewables and Nuclear Must Triple to Save Climate, Says UN

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by

Renewables and Nuclear Must Triple to Save Climate, Says UN

The world needs to triple the energy it gets from nuclear reactors, renewables and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid perilous levels of global warming, says United Nations researchers. To meet the target of stabilizing global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, experts believe that annual fossil fuel spending must drop by $30 billion a year by the end of the decade, and at the same time, expenditure on renewable, nuclear and carbon capture and storage must climb to $147 billion annually.

Post- Fukushima Japan Picks Coal Over Renewables

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to expand Japan’s coal industry, undermining hopes of environmentalists that the country will heavily switch over to renewable sources of energy. A new energy plan approved by the nation’s cabinet on April 11 designates coal as an important long-term electricity source while falling short of setting specific targets for wind, solar and geothermal sources. The policy also gives nuclear power the same prominence as coal in Japan’s energy scheme.

Race Tidal Unveil 300MW Ocean Power Array Plan Near Alderney

OpenHydro and Alderney Renewable Energy inked a joint venture program that will see the development of a 300 MW tidal energy array off the coast of Alderney in the English Channel. The joint venture company is to be named as Race Tidal Ltd. The company said that they will now work to complete the required surveys and environmental impact assessments before making a full application consent. If approved, the Alderney array could eventually include 150 2-MW units manufactured by OpenHydro.

Swiss Reveals New Solar Powered Aircraft for Global Flight

The Solar Impulse 2, a Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight, has wings longer than a Boeing 747 and weighs only about as much as a big car. Unveiled last Wednesday, the Solar Impulse 2 is a bigger and better version of the single-seater prototype that took flight half a decade ago. The first prototype demonstrated that a solar plane can fly through the night and hop from Europe to Africa. The new version, however, can theoretically stay airborne indefinitely, says project founders Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.

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