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New study quantifies the effects of climate change in Europe

If no further action is taken and global temperature increases by 3.5 C, climate damages in the EU could amount to at least ?190 billion, a net welfare loss of 1.8% of its current GDP. Several weather-related extremes could roughly double their average frequency. As a consequence, heat-related deaths could reach about 200 000, the cost of river flood damages could exceed EUR10 billion and 8000 km2 of forest could burn in southern Europe. The number of people affected by droughts could increase by a factor of seven and coastal damage, due to sea-level rise, could more than triple.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2014

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New study uses blizzard to measure wind turbine airflow (w/video)

A first-of-its-kind study using snow during a Minnesota blizzard is giving researchers new insight into the airflow around large wind turbines. This research is essential to improving wind energy efficiency, especially in wind farms where airflows from many large wind turbines interact with each other.

Posted: Jun 24th, 2014

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ARPA-E funds $33 million for grid-tied fuel cell technologies

The projects, which are funded through ARPA-E's new Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, are focused on improving grid stability, balancing intermittent renewable technologies, and reducing CO2 emissions using electrochemical distributed power generation systems.

Posted: Jun 19th, 2014

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Global automakers split on 'green car' strategy

Global automakers are locked in a showdown evoking the video format wars of the 1980s, as they bet on what eco-friendly vehicles will prevail in the battle for dominance of the burgeoning low-emissions sector.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2014

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A Sustainable Energy Hub for Asia has been launched

The 9th Asia Clean Energy Forum today saw the launch of a Sustainable Energy for All hub for Asia Pacific, aimed at mobilizing investment and finding innovative ways to bring clean, modern energy to the people of Asia and the Pacific.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2014

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Cutting-edge research on non-food biofuels

The FP7-funded MULTIBIOPRO project is developing second-generation non-food oils and biomaterials from poplar and the tobacco tree (Nicotiana glauca). Both of these plants thrive on marginal land and may have the potential for large-scale production without directly competing with food crops.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2014

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