Technology has allowed us to find many ways to use renewable sources of energy. We are now able to harness power from the wind, tide and the sun to produce renewable energy. These new sources of power will dramatically decrease greenhouse gases that are produced by burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil; resources that are rapidly diminishing.
Wind power is most commonly produced by the use of wind turbines. These structures turn when it’s windy, and this motion can be converted into energy. In Europe we have quite a large number of wind farms which are often built in the sea to reap the benefits of coastal winds. Although turbines have been used to produce renewable energy since the 70s, It is only since around the year 2000 that wind power generation has really taken off.
Many of the newer buildings today are built with solar panels fitted. These are large panels that convert sunshine into power. Because sunlight cannot always be guaranteed, the best solar power systems have a way of storing the energy in batteries, which will kick in when there is no direct sunlight available.
Wave, hydroelectric and tidal are three different ways of harnessing energy through water. All these methods use a turbine or similar mechanism to trap the power of the running water. Water power is a popular choice for many, because unlike wind and solar power, the source of the energy is constant and therefore predictable.
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A new kind of ‘tree’ has been invented which could absorb some of the harmful greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The tower is filled with several materials that would absorb carbon dioxide from the air which could be the answer to the fight against global warming. Tweet
This is a heart-warming story of the recovery of a Green Sea Turtle horribly mutilated by a shark attack. The turtle was rescued by Sea Turtle Inc although at the time, she was not believed to have a great chance of pulling through. Sea Turtle Inc nicknamed the turtle Allison. She only had one flipper [...]
Rescuers in Australia used all the means at their disposable to rescue whales and dolphins stranded on the beaches of Tasmania’s King Island. Volunteers worked hard to save as many of the beautiful creatures as possible, using jet skis and excavators to move the animals back into the water. Tweet
Several British mammals are struggling with the effects of global warming and habitat loss, and are set to become on the endangered list. Figures are showing that the population numbers for many of the animals have fallen drastically in recent years. Hedgehogs, Hazel dormouse, water voles and certain bat species are all struggling in the [...]
Supermarket chain Co-op has become the first store to ban specific pesticides being used on products that may be causing the death of billions of bees all over the world. These pesticides have already been banned in some areas of Europe and are believed to have contributed to the sudden decline of bee populations. Tweet
Emperor Penguins are on the road to extinction, with numbers that could be reduced by a shocking 95% by the year 2100. These figures have arrived from models of what will happen if global warming continues the way it has been predicted. Ice plays a major role in the breeding of these unique creatures that [...]
The introduction of the scheme to reduce carbon emissions by all vehicles has been put back a further four years. The EU regulations were aimed at reducing car emissions by 2012, but have now been postponed to 2015. Penalties for failing to meet the 130g/km have also been changed, and the fines agreed upon last [...]
As everyone throughout the world begins to become more environmentally aware; green travel has become more of a priority. Not only are there more hybrid and green cars being manufactured and sold, but Stagecoach has joined the fight against global warming. The company has seen an increase in the number of bus travellers in the [...]
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At the beginning of this year, the popular auction site ebay put a stop to the sale of ivory through their site. They had already installed a limited ban on the product in 2007, but were encouraged by conservationists to ban it completely. The international trade ban of ivory took effect in 1989, but elephants [...]
As the ongoing recession has made people wary; many are opting to go organic and to start growing their own vegetables. Whereas before, it was primarily elderly people who tended allotments, the demand has risen significantly in the last few months. People without gardens are putting their names on waiting lists, in the hope that [...]
A Giant Panda in the Beijing Zoo has attacked a man who entered his pen. Gu Gu weighs a large 108 kilograms and has a reputation for attacking tourists. The latest attack is the third since 2006 as Gu Gu does not like people entering his abode. The victim was a man who climbed over [...]
NASA claims that the government could slow down worldwide global warming by cutting down on soot emissions. Studies by NASA show that cutting down on soot would not only have an immediate cooling effect, but would also put a stop to many of the deaths caused by air pollution. When soot is formed, it typically [...]