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  • Nuclear power plant shines thanks to solar energy

      Today I’d like to tell you about an unusual project I discovered in Lower Austria – and I’m not exaggerating when I say that this story is truly one of a kind. The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Austria’s first nuclear power plant took place right here, in Zwentendorf on the Danube, in…

  • Most severe nuclear accidents of the past 50 years

    I have done some research and compiled information on the most severe nuclear accidents that occurred in the past 50 years. A task that made my feathers stand on end… Measuring nuclear disasters The so-called INES scale is a global tool for communicating the safety significance of nuclear and radiological events. Much like earthquakes are…

  • For Venice it’s Time to Sink or Swim

    Wow – Venice is really something! One world-famous sight after another! And the funny part is that people here look just like me when they put on their long-beaked Carnival masks. They definitely have style! But Venice also has a dark side, one that really gives me pause: Because the city is built right into…

  • Future for UK roads looking greener than ever

    How low can you go? A whole lot lower, according to Milton Keynes Council who last year became one of four UK cities to receive significant government funding to boost electric vehicle infrastructure through the “Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme”. With air quality a major concern in a growing city that expects to see a…

  • 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…