Germany's Effort at Clean Energy Proves Complex

The early stages of switching an entire nation's energy system from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewables are incredibly complex, as Germany is finding out. With a goal of switching to almost entirely solar and wind power by 2050, the nation's energy changes are for now leading to high prices, unexpected road bumps and some nervous stomachs. [New York Times]

5 Sneaky Ways to Harness Clean Energy

Researchers have started to tinker with more subtle ways to harvest energy. Though these out-of-box approaches don't receive nearly as much attention as some of the more elaborate industrial-scale projects, they may well turn out to be game-changers in their own right. [Washington Post]

We Can Power Ahead to a Clean Energy Future

Here's a pep talk as another Congressional term begins. We can accelerate the growth of clean energy, prepare for the consequences of global warming and create unstoppable momentum for climate solutions - even in the face of Congressional inaction. Smart solutions - and real leadership - are now at hand in states across America. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

10 Ways Clean Water Can Change the World

You already know that water is a valuable resource. As it becomes more valuable and scarce, conflict, death and disease tend to increase. In less fortunate countries, the battle for clean water is truly a matter of life and death. As the world's population grows and access to clean water becomes increasingly more difficult, it's important to look at just how vital clean water is to the world. [Ohio University]

Energy and Water Team Up at This Year's World Water Week

It's World Water Week and we're happy to report that this year's theme is "Water and Energy." Have a look at our curated list of recent posts that help to illustrate just a few examples of how water and energy are connected, and what that means for all of us.

Editorial: The possibility of a clean energy future

The editorial board at the Daily Iowan shows how Iowa is playing its part in transitioning to a cleaner energy economy with 27 percent of its electricity coming from wind power. The board notes that we have the capability, but now it's a "matter of building the social and political willpower to get the job done." [The Daily Iowan]

World's Energy Systems Vulnerable to Climate Impacts, Report Warns

The energy industry isn't just part of the climate change problem; it's also going to feel a lot of the ill effects. Rising sea levels, weather extremes and increasing floods and droughts will all play havoc with the world's energy systems, according to a new report. [The Guardian]

World Cup 2014: How Much Energy Does it Take?

We hate to be party poopers, but the 2014 World Cup is shaping up to be not just the most expensive tournament in soccer history, it's also going to be one of the biggest energy-consuming, greenhouse gas-spewing World Cups in history thanks to all of the travel, television production (and watching!), facility construction and, yes, even all of the food and drinks we enjoy while watching at home. [Christian Science Monitor]

Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids The World's Oceans Of Plastic While Generating Clean Energ

South Korean designer Sung Jin Cho submitted the Seawer Skyscraper project as his proposal for this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Seawer is a self-supported hydroelectric power station that can generate electricity using seawater at the same time that it cleans up plastic waste. The huge structure separates plastic particles and fluids, recycles seawater and releases it back into the ocean. The structure receives energy from the sun, ocean and plastics and moves slowly from one polluted area to the next. It sounds like such a good idea. Wonder how it would actually function. [The Mind Unleashed]

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