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  • Japan: Back to Nuclear Power?

    I’m in Japan, and right now I’m flying over the city of Fukushima, whose nuclear power plant was the site of a disaster six years ago. Although for safety reasons I’m flying at high altitude, the view still makes my feathers stand on end: collapsed houses, car wrecks, just a handful of people – and…

  • A monastery in Bhutan's breathtaking landscape

    Bhutan is carbon negative

    In his inspiring Ted Talk Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares what is important for his country. Bhutan is renowned for its focus not on GDP but on GNH – gross national happiness. The overall aim is to improve the happiness and wellbeing of the people. The country also has a holistic approach to development,…

  • In front of the modules on the roof

    Growing up 24 hours of sun in Canada

    I’m in Canada where I have met the Lamers, a very nice family who invited me over to their place. They are keen supporters of renewable energy, the dad, Anton, even works in the solar industry. The Lamers not only have remarkable taste in children’s names (read on!), they also have a lovely home. One…

  • Reasons to love renewables – #2 economics

    Did you know that switching to renewable energy sources not only protects the environment, but also saves money? Here are some interesting facts and figures: In many European countries, including Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Greece and Portugal, electricity sourced from solar power is already significantly cheaper than that sourced from the main public grid. I…

  • Dubai – a city of superlatives goes renewable

    I felt like warming up my feathers and as I was flying over the Middle East, I decided for a stopover in Dubai. I heard that things are changing so fast here in Dubai – the city is practically transforming right in front of your eyes… Dubai is facing environmental challenges. Its per capita energy…

  • 6 Ways You Can Save Energy This Summer

      A/C Have your air conditioner serviced at the beginning of summer (or if you have an older model upgrade to a more energy efficient one). Make sure to clean filters regularly. Turn off your aircon before you leave the house or at the very least turn up the thermostat.   Fan A fan can…

  • The big picture – An interview with astronaut Maurizio Cheli

      Maurizio Cheli has seen our planet from a different perspective. The charismatic astronaut has answered my questions on space, renewables and the environment.   Our planet is incredibly beautiful when observed from space. What astronauts immediately perceive however is its fragility and how human presence is altering the morphology of the earth’s surface.  …

  • If We Save Tuvalu, We Save the World

    Ever heard of climate refugees? These are people whose homelands have been made uninhabitable by climate change. Among those who have been hit particularly hard are the people of the island nation of Tuvalu – a veritable paradise between Hawaii and Australia. Tuvalu is made up of nine coral atolls that just barely rise above…

  • Reasons to love renewables – #1 jobs

    In case you haven’t read the IRENA annual review on renewable energy and jobs 2016 perhaps you should. To me, it was a real motivational boost! Did you know that in 2015 8.1 million people worked in the renewable energy sector and that this impressive number does not yet include an additional 1.3 million people…

  • 5 ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR YOUR HOME

    Save energy around the house with these five simple tips: Yes, it’s that easy. With a few simple changes you can cut your energy bill and help save the planet.