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Chinese nuclear plant likely leaking near 126 million people; disaster possible; US investigating reports say

On Monday a French nuclear company, Framatome, announced it is supporting efforts to resolve a “performance issue” with its Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in China’s heavily populated Guangdong Province, raising concerns about a potential nuclear leak. The nuclear plant is located in Guangdong, which according to Chinese census estimates for...
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Shine wind turbine is small enough to fit in a backpack

Outdoor adventurers looking for a small wind turbine which is small enough to fit in a backpack, maybe interested in Shine. A new wind turbine launched via the Kickstarter crowdfunding website, which has blasted past its required pledge goal, raising over $150,000 thanks to over 560 backers with still nine days remaining. The Shine wind turbine takes less than five minutes to setup, is completely water resistant and weighs 3lbs and is capable of generating up to 40 W with wind speeds between 8 to 28 mph. “Shine creates energy faster than any other handheld renewable product. It is able to collect three phones’ worth of power in an hour at maximum rated wind speeds.”
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The rush to ‘go electric’ comes with a hidden cost: destructive lithium mining

The Atacama salt flat is a majestic, high-altitude expanse of gradations of white and grey, peppered with red lagoons and ringed by towering volcanoes. It took me a moment to get my bearings on my first visit, standing on this windswept plateau of 3,000 sq km (1,200 sq miles). A vertiginous drive had taken me and two other researchers through a sandstorm, a rainstorm and the peaks and valleys of this mountainous region of northern Chile. The sun bore down on us intensely – the Atacama desert boasts the Earth’s highest levels of solar radiation, and only parts of Antarctica are drier.
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Electric heat pumps use much less energy than furnaces, and can cool houses too – here’s how they work

To help curb climate change, President Biden has set a goal of lowering U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50%-52% below 2005 levels by 2030. Meeting this target will require rapidly converting as many fossil fuel-powered activities to electricity as possible, and then generating that electricity from low-carbon and carbon-free sources such as wind, solar, hydropower and nuclear energy.
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Net-Zero Efforts of Canadian Oil Sands Companies Are Greenwashing

Last week, the developer behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline pulled the plug on the $8 billion project that was slated to bring 830,000 barrels of crude oil sands a day from Alberta, Canada to the U.S. On the same day, a press release was issued claiming Canada's largest oil sands producers have formed an alliance to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands operations by 2050.

A step closer to a hydrogen-fueled economy using an efficient anode for water splitting

In the recent past, there has been a paradigm shift towards renewable sources of energy in order to address the concerns pertaining to environmental degradation and dwindling fossil fuels. A variety of alternative green energy sources such as solar, wind, hydrothermal, tidal, etc., have been gaining attention to reduce global carbon footprints. One of the key challenges with these energy generation technologies is that they are intermittent and are not continuously available.

US renewable energy giant refuses to pay ransom to hackers

Wind farm developer Invenergy was reportedly hacked and threatened with the release of personal details of its CEO by a notorious ransomware gang over the weekend. The US clean energy firm does not intend to pay any ransom after discovering unauthorised breaches on some of its information systems, according to the Financial Times.

Texans Asked To Conserve Energy As Main Power Grid Struggles To Keep Up

The operator of Texas’ main power grid has asked residents to conserve power until the end of the week, citing “tight grid conditions” amid potential record demand. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said in a statement that the state’s power grid ― which operates separately from the rest of the country ― is facing a number of power plant outages combined with heightened electricity use.