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  • A Windfarm Floats off the Coast of Scotland

    Blinter, blowder, bliffert, brattle, blaster bleester, gandaguster, law, flan…  –  the Scots have almost as many terms for wind as they have Whsikeys distilleries. The blustery wind here on the coast of Scotland isn’t always safe for a bird like me — if I’m not careful, it can blow me way off course. But when it comes to…

  • E-mobility: gentle giants of the road

    How electric buses change our transport system Better hold your breath! Or not? Have you ever found yourself next to a city bus when walking down the street or riding a bike?  The exhaust not only smells awful, it’s bad for your health. The stench comes from nitrogen oxides created by combustion of diesel fuel…

  • 5 brilliant & bizarre solar inventions

    I for one love the wonderful world of solar inventions. Here are some of the most brilliant and bizarre solar gadgets I have come across lately:   1. Solar grill Source Have yourself a delicious BBQ without charcoal, or wood. This solar grill produces NO harmful smoke or emissions.   2. Solar powered dog house…

  • Zero waste? Yes please!

    Bea Johnson, the queen mother of the zero waste movement, has been saying no to trash for the better part of a decade. She lives by the priciple of the 5Rs: Refuse Reduce Reuse Recycle Rot   1 mason jar, 4 people, 365 days worth of trash This way Bea’s family of four produces very…

  • The dream of electric flight

      Weeee! I must say: The world looks really great from up here. As an owl, I can understand why people have always dreamed of flying. But air traffic, which is steadily increasing, has made my world very noisy and chaotic. What’s more, airplanes consume huge amounts of aviation fuel, which has an impact on…

  • Iran gears up to boost renewables

    300 days of sunshine per year, for an average of 12 hours a day – Iran is basically made for solar energy… And that’s also why I’m here today, as a new photovoltaic system has been inaugurated in Rafsanjan in Kerman Province. I’ve seen the whole thing from the air, and I must say it…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…