Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Redactor's Choice
You are here: Home / Categories / Energy & Environment (page 10)

Energy & Environment

Tesla’s Elon Musk promises pick-up truck and new features

tesla (1)

Elon Musk made the promise on Twitter after asking his followers for suggestions about how the firm could improve. He said the open-backed truck would follow the Model Y - a yet-to-be detailed car, which is expected to be based on its Model 3 sedan. But experts note Tesla has suffered repeated delivery delays. That has led some to question whether the loss-making company can meet its existing commitments - which also include a forthcoming articulated lorry and sports car. Mr Musk also made several promises about new features Tesla intends to... Read More »

Is this the future? Dutch plan vast windfarm island in North Sea

island (1)

Britain’s homes could be lit and powered by windfarms surrounding an artificial island deep out in the North Sea, under advanced plans by a Dutch energy network. The radical proposal envisages an island being built to act as a hub for vast offshore windfarms that would eclipse today’s facilities in scale. Dogger Bank, 125km (78 miles) off the East Yorkshire coast, has been identified as a potentially windy and shallow site. The power hub would send electricity over a long-distance cable to the UK and Netherlands, and possibly later to Belgium, ... Read More »

France to ban all oil and gas production from 2040

ban (1)

France is to ban all drilling for oil and natural gas by 2040 after its Parliament approved part of President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to cut the use of fossil fuels. It will become illegal to produce or look for oil and gas in the country and its overseas territories. Existing drilling permits will expire in 2040 and, from today, no new ones will be granted. France is the first country in the world to pass such a law. The change is unlikely to have a significant impact, given 99 per cent of France’s oil and gas is imported from other countri... Read More »

Clifford Beaumont: OPEC to Extend Oil Cuts to End of 2018

opec (1)

Clifford Beaumont: OPEC and members to extend production cuts in effort to end global supply glut. OPEC and other non OPEC oil producers seem ready to reach an agreement at this week’s meeting to prolong production restrictions until the end of next year. An analyst at Taipei, Taiwan based Clifford Beaumont stated that the OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) group and its allies hope to end a worldwide supply glut of crude oil by extending the production cuts and thereby avoiding another price crash. A final discus... Read More »

The world’s greenest cruise ship will have sails

ecoship

Peace Boat, a Japanese non-governmental organization which runs educational cruises, is working on an ambitious project to build the most sustainable vessel in the booming industry. Now in the last stages of planning, the "Ecoship" will be built by Finland's Arctech. It will cost about $500 million, financed in part by impact investors -- funds, rich families and individualswho want to use their cash to improve the world as well as make a profit. "Ecoship was a dream for me," said Peace Boat founder Yoshioka Tatsuya. "Using a conventional... Read More »

France named Europe’s top country for food sustainability thanks to war on waste

food.waste

A war on waste food in France, where supermarkets are banned from throwing away unsold food and restaurants must provide doggy bags when asked, has helped it secure the top spot in a ranking of countries by their food sustainability. Japan, Germany, Spain and Sweden rounded out the top five in an index published the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which graded 34 nations based on food waste, environment-friendly agriculture and quality nutrition. It is “unethical and immoral” to waste resources when hundreds of millions go hungry acros... Read More »

Biofuels plant in Hull stops production and may not reopen

fuel

Vivergo Fuels said there was "no guarantee" production would recommence at the Hull facility. It said losses had risen due to government delays in making oil companies use 10% bioethanol in petrol. The Department for Transport said it was "on track" to double the biofuels supply by 2020. Bioethanol is a renewable transport fuel which is blended with petrol to cut carbon emissions. It is made from organic matter including sugar, maize or, in the case of Vivergo, wheat. Vivergo's managing director, Mark Chesworth, told the BBC's Today progr... Read More »

Wake Up and Smell the Traffic? London Tries Coffee to Power Buses

buss

While the worst smogs, or “pea soupers,” have long dispersed, London still chokes on heavy pollution. Seeking to curb toxic diesel fumes, transport officials and companies are hunting for new sources of energy for the buses. The latest idea? Coffee grounds. On Monday, in a much-hyped debut, a company called Bio-bean, in partnership with the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, introduced relatively small amounts of oil produced from coffee grounds into the mix of diesel and biofuels mandated by the city authorities. The first batch of 6,000 liters, ... Read More »

Firms team up on hybrid electric plane technology

airplane

The E-Fan X programme will first put an electric engine with three jet engines on a BAe 146 aircraft. The firms want to fly a demonstrator version of the plane by 2020, with a commercial application by 2025. Firms are racing to develop electric engines for planes after pressure from the EU to cut aviation pollution. Each of the partners in the programme will be investing tens of millions of pounds, they said on a press call. The firms are developing hybrid technology because fully electric commercial flights are currently out of rea... Read More »

3 reasons this small country’s court decision will have a big impact on global climate action

maxresdefault

On 2 November, 2017, the High Court of New Zealand issued a game-changing ruling. It found that climate change presents significant risks and government actions on climate change are subject to judicial scrutiny. The court also found that the former Minister for Climate Change acted unlawfully by failing to review the country’s climate change targets after the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published an updated report on climate science. The court didn’t issue an order against the recently elected government be... Read More »

Scroll To Top