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Wal-Mart, Catholic Church among Organizations Using Alternative Energy

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

When we set out to see what major organizations are making serious use of green energy, the last folks we thought we’d run into were the world’s biggest company and the world’s oldest Christian church – albeit one location in Toronto. But that’s exactly who we found... more

Looking at Energy from Above for Earth Hour

Friday, April 8, 2011

Switch off the lights and get your candles ready because Earth Hour happens tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 to 9:30 in your local time-zone. During the event, WWF invites you and over a billion people worldwide to turn off your lights in support of a global environmental cause. In honour... more

Ever Wonder...What's in a Watt?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Just flick a switch and let there be light (or boiled water, or Blu-ray, or a night’s charge for your smartphone):  A lifestyle that would have seemed like magic to many people even 100 years ago is now something we pretty much take for granted. In all your daily hustle (and... more

Can Pond Scum Save the World

Friday, April 8, 2011

In labs around the world, plastic bags of green water are quietly basking in sunlight. The water’s filled with what’s commonly known as ‘pond scum’. Its official name is green algae- a tiny, unicellular organism found in ponds, rivers and oceans worldwide. It looks slimy,... more

Smart Grid Could Be Perfect 164th Birthday Present for Edison

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thomas Edison, whose 164th birthday is today, began the electrical age in New York City in 1882 when he turned on electric lights in 58 houses. Within years, his electricity grid had grown to send electricity to thousands, and was the model that we use today to send power to billions worldwide... more

6 Alternative Energies You'll Only See in Movies (So Far)

Friday, April 8, 2011

When in-doubt, we could do worse than asking “what would they do in the movies?”  While some of Hollywood’s most imaginative plot devices may not offer anything more than fun entertainment and a lot of scientific dead ends, others “just might be crazy enough to work... more

Are Electric Cars Finally in the Fast Lane?

Friday, April 8, 2011

When I first saw it, I thought it was a parking ticket machine. It was big, shiny and rectangular and sat on the pavement next to the curb. But, as I got closer, I made out the words on its sign: ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION The moment I realized what it was, I broke into a grin and got... more

Where Does Energy Come From? (And Where Is It Going?)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Word is there’s a worldwide energy problem. Apparently, if we don’t change our ways, worst-case-scenario pundits talk about an ELE (for non-texters, that’s an Extinction-Level Event). Not a big deal considering that life on Earth has already survived several ELEs, but it would be... more

Power Plants That Eat Their Waste? What's Not to Like?

Friday, April 8, 2011

When the atomic age dawned in the 1950s, we were promised clean, abundant, safe energy. Instead, the splitting of the atom locked us into an endless debate over nuclear waste, meltdowns, inefficiencies, cost over-runs, and the weaponization of plutonium. Decades down the road, what if we could... more

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