Coal yields plenty of graphene quantum dots

The prospect of turning coal into fluorescent particles may sound too good to be true, but the possibility exists, thanks to scientists at Rice University.  

Report: New clean energy beats coal (in cost)

Renewable energy is becoming more and more competitive, to the point now that new generation from wind costs less than conventional coal-fired generation – and can even give natural gas a run for its money. Solar PV, too, is emerging as a more economically viable energy source.

Yes, renewables are slowly gaining ground in the US

Americans used less energy in 2012 than they did in 2011, and the energy they did use was more likely to come from cleaner sources than it used to, as natural gas, solar and wind made gains and coal declined.

Volcanoes, not pollutants, damp down global warming

Global warming over the last ten years or so would have been more extreme if it weren't for volcanoes, says a team from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Clean coal system captures 99 percent of CO2

A new form of clean coal technology is ready for large-scale testing, following successful research trials at Ohio State University.

Why you must charge your EV with clean power

It's a no-brainer that it's better to charge electric vehicles with clean energy rather than the dirty stuff.

Ship aims to sample deepest-ever life

A Japanese deep sea drilling vessel, Chikyu, yesterday set a new world record, by drilling down over 2,111 meters below the seafloor to collect rock samples.

Are Apple's clean energy promises just hot air?

In its latest report, Greenpeace has upgraded Apple's marks on clean energy, but says the company's still being vague about how it plans to move away from coal-fired power.

Greenpeace sticks to its guns over iCloud report

Apple's fighting back against claims that its newest data-center is a coal-guzzling blight on the planet - but Greenpeace isn't convinced.

Claim: EVs may not be better for the environment

When it comes to electric vehicles (EVs), one of the claims that has long been debated is the alleged savings in greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenpeace forgives Facebook after clean power pledge

Tis the season of peace on Earth and goodwill to all men - and Greenpeace and Facebook have finally laid down their cudgels and made friends.

Clean air law brings fall in sulfur dioxide

The introduction of the Clean Air Interstate Rule in 2005 has led to a big reduction in pollution from eastern US coal power plants, data from NASA's Aura satellite shows.

A "renewable" that's worse than coal?



Proponents of waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities have a good point: the amount of plastic that we throw away in the United States could generate enough electricity to power over 16 million homes. 



Exoplanet is blacker than coal

Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet that's blacker than coal - a distant, Jupiter-sized gas giant known as TrES-2b that reflects less than one percent of the sunlight falling on it.

Chinese coal use slows global warming

The decrease in global warming between 1998 and 2008 - often cited as evidence against man-made climate change - was actually caused by an increase in coal use in China, a study has found.

Are renewables edging out coal & nuclear?


With recent news indicating that both solar and wind power generation is on the the rise and looking stronger every year, it might be natural to wonder if renewable energy is dethroning fossil-fuel based electricity production. 



China is now the world's top energy user

When it comes to topics of energy, China certainly has been making plenty of headlines.