Google’s $4.4 trillion plan to save the planet

‘The search giant unveiled a US$4.4 trillion plan Wednesday to reduce the U.S.’s dependency on fossil fuels and embrace alternative energy. The proposal would yield a net saving of $1 trillion by 2030 and slash U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 48 percent, according to Google, which said it had been busy “crunching the numbers.”‘ – CIO

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Al Gore’s energy challenge, we can solve it

Former Vice President of USA and an environmental activist, Al Gore, issued a challenge yesterday to all fellow Americans to achieve 100% energy from indigenously produced renewable sources within 10 years. This is not only a challenge for Americans, but a mission for all residents of the planet who ought to play their own part in their own region. Visit weCanSolveIt.org to sign up and join the revolution.

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Bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol

Silicon Valley is experimenting with bacteria that have been genetically altered to provide ‘renewable petroleum’. Genetic alteration of very, very small bugs makes it possible for them to feed on agricultural waste such as woodchips or wheat straw and excrete crude oil.

Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol

World’s biggest solar farm in Portugal

“When fully commissioned later this year, the £250m farm set on abandoned state-owned land will be twice the size of any other similar project in the world, covering an area nearly twice the size of London’s Hyde park. It is expected to supply 45MW of electricity each year, enough to power 30,000 homes.” – Guardian

EU renewable energy league

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  • Sweden 2005 39.8%, target by 2020 49%
  • Latvia 34.9%, target 42%
  • Finland 28.5%, target 38%
  • Austria 23.3%, target 34%
  • Portugal 20.5%, target 31%

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  • Cyprus 2.9%, target by 2020 13%
  • Netherlands 2.4%, target 14%
  • Ireland 3.1%, target 16%
  • Netherlands 2.4%, target 14%
  • Belgium 2.2%, target 13%
  • UK 1.3%, target 15%

World’s biggest solar farm at centre of Portugal’s ambitious energy plan