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02/20/2015 - 15:19

The provincial government of  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan has an ambitious solar energy plan to electrify over 5,800 homes in 200 different villages.  The plan is part of a government-backed project called the Green Growth Initiative, founded by Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan.  In a country like Pakistan that faces blackouts lasting 4 hours a day in rural areas that are connected to the grid, the answer seems obvious– the traditional centralised energy system is failing rural communities, can off-grid be any worse?

02/10/2015 - 14:18

Researchers in the UK and US are working on new techniques to create fuels like methanol, diesel and even petrol  from the atmosphere around us - the key component being used is CO2. Bloomberg has a light overview video  of the work being done by a UK company called Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS).  The process involves pulling in air and extracting the CO2 component (.04% of our atmosphere and rising).  


01/31/2015 - 17:57

The tyranny of distance is a term from an Australian history book that refers to the vast geographic gulf that separates humanity.  It’s ironic that although the Internet brings us all together in some ways, we feel even more keenly the physical gaps that separate us from each other.   

01/31/2015 - 11:07

I was the community manager of the Global CCS Institute for over three years.  I have to admit, that I didn't know much about the technology when I started but as a pragmatic green nerd, the general concept appealed to me.  The truth is that there are thousands of coal fired power plants around the world right now ...

01/31/2015 - 06:29

After six years working on VideoSift, I've seen many excellent public service announcements (PSAs) for environmental causes.  You might not think that a simple commercial spot has much to do with Cleanleaps, and yes,  they sometimes can be self-serving, bordering on greenwashing ...