Archive for February, 2010

  • Google Energy LLC files at FERC

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

    First Google PowerMeter, then Google.org invests in renewable power R&D and now a Google entity – Google Energy LLC – files at FERC to become a wholesale power marketer. What’s going on?
    At the EU Energy Policy Blog, Fereidoon Sioshansi examines “Power Marketer Google“:
    Google has a habit of surprising its competitors. The fast moving company [...]

  • Brussels suggests new EU waste management agency

    Friday, February 5th, 2010

    A new European Union agency could be created to enforce and implement EU waste control legislation. That is the proposal of a new European Commission report, which says the standard of waste disposal in some EU countries remains low.
    An EC spokesman said: “Illegal dumping of waste continues on a significant scale, many landfill sites are [...]

  • Topsoil could vanish in 60 years, says study

    Thursday, February 4th, 2010

    Fertile soil is being lost faster than it can be replenished making it much harder to grow crops around the world, according to a study by the University of Sydney.
    The study, reported in The Daily Telegraph, claims bad soil mismanagement, climate change and rising populations are leading to a decline in suitable farming soil.
    An estimated [...]

  • DECC: Financial support for anaerobic digestion

    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

    The Government has announced ambitious plans to provide financial support for anaerobic digestion technologies through feed-in-tariffs (FITs) and the “world’s first” renewable heat incentive scheme.
    The schemes are designed to bring about a significant increase in the amount of locally produced green energy and help the UK meet its renewable energy targets.
    FITs is a financial support [...]

  • China`s clever water use boosts food yields

    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

    China produces more food for the same amount of water than other countries in Africa and Asia, researchers have found.
    The report, completed by Li Baoguo and colleagues from the China Agricultural University, found that China produces 1–1.5 kilograms of wheat and corn per cubic metre of water, compared with Ethiopia’s 0.1–0.2 kilograms, India’s 0.2–0.7 and [...]