Energy

Google quits plans to make cheap renewable energy

Alexei Oreskovic Reuters 23.11.2011
Google quits plans to make cheap renewable energy

Google Inc has abandoned an ambitious project to make renewable energy cheaper than coal, the latest target of Chief Executive Larry Page's moves to focus the Internet giant on fewer efforts.

Panda Poop Could Be Key To Producing Biofuels

The waste of one of the world’s most endangered animals may hold the key to producing biofuels. The potency of the discovery had scientists talking about it at a major chemistry conference in Denver on Monday.


USA set for wave of power plant shutdowns

Brad Plumer The Washington Post 22.08.2011
USA set for wave of power plant shutdowns

Over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new rules to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, smog, ozone, greenhouse gases, water intake, coal ash—it’s all getting regulated. And, not su...

Apple named 'least green' tech company

Felicity Carus The Guardian 22.04.2011
Apple named 'least green' tech company

Apple has come bottom of the most comprehensive green league table of technology companies because of its heavy reliance on "dirty data" centres. The list, which is compiled by Greenpeace and released in San Francisco on Thursday, shows that the c...


Shipping lines to voluntarily cut emissions in Hong Kong

A dozen of the world's largest container shipping lines have agreed to switch voluntarily to low sulphur fuel while at port in Hong Kong, a media report said Saturday.

50,000 switch off air-conditioners in Hong Kong campaign

More than 50,000 Hong Kong households switched off their air-conditioners for 12 hours in a drive to cut the high-rise city's carbon footprint, campaign organizers said Thursday.


Urine-powered fuel cells to offer pee power to people

This could literally be called pee power to the people-researchers have figured out a way to make the world's first urine-powered fuel cells.

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Stricter energy-saving codes by the Hong Kong government have meant a switch to more efficient technology. Hong Kong has the reputation of being a 'city of lights'. And when there were calls for 'lights out' citywide to prove that it was serious a...


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Commissioner for Innovation & Technology Eddy Chan says the Government will enhance the promotion of photovoltaics, which convert sunlight into electricity.

Signs of the Times

Pavan Shamdasani HK-magazine 20.02.2009
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There is nothing more iconic in Hong Kong than a street full of neon signs—but increasingly more people are fed up with the pollution they cause, and the danger posed by their potential collapse. By Pavan Shamdasani.


MTR upgrade shines light on energy-wasting city

Diana Lee The Standard 13.02.2009
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Hong Kong is two years behind the mainland in terms of using more environmentally friendly lighting, such as light-emitting diode streetlights, according to a research and development study into the MTR lighting system.

Energy-guzzling plasma TVs will be banned in Brussels eco blitz

The plasma screen television is poised to become the next victim of the battle to curb energy use.


Biofuel from algae, weeds helps to power Boeing 737 jet in test flight

Continental Airlines ratcheted up the race to develop alternative fuel for passenger planes last week after it successfully flew a Boeing 737 twin-engine jet powered partly by algae and weeds.

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About 180 private cars have joined the Hong Kong Fuel Economy Run for Private Cars today, striving to complete the assigned routes using the least amount of fuel.


Solar panels on graves give power to Spanish town

DANIEL WOOLLS Physorg.com 24.11.2008
Solar panels on graves give power to Spanish town

(AP) -- A new kind of silent hero has joined the fight against climate change. Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a gritty, working-class town outside Barcelona, has placed a sea of solar panels atop mausoleums at its cemetery, transforming a place of perp...

Obama Looks to Axe Daylight Time -- NYT Explains Why

Eugene Sandhu Green Daily 22.11.2008
Obama Looks to Axe Daylight Time -- NYT Explains Why

In order to conserve energy, President-elect Barak Obama wants to eliminate daylight saving time. Twice a year, a bunch of countries, including most of the United States, practice daylight saving time or DST, shifting one hour ahead in the spring ...


Blinding Lights

June Ng HK-magazine.com 07.11.2008
Blinding Lights

Excessive lights at night darken our skies with pollution during the day, writes June Ng.

Power plant emission limits gazetted

A technical memorandum stipulating the quantities of emission allowances of three air pollutants for the power-generation sector in 2010 and beyond has been gazetted.


Backing for `cheaper and cleaner' plan

MandyLo The Standard 03.11.2008
Backing for `cheaper and cleaner' plan

A plan by Green Island Cement to build a waste melting system at Tap Shek Kok in Tuen Mun has been backed by the nongovernment organization Momentum 107.

Eiffel Tower's lights are to go out

Henry Samuel Telegraph 01.09.2008
The decision is part of a plan to make the Eiffel tower and other monuments more environmentally friendly.  Photo: Paul Grover

The Eiffel tower is to lose its sparkle as thousands of its twinkling light bulbs are cut in a new green initiative, it has emerged.