Has Japan Learned Nothing from Fukushima?

After the disastrous earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan in 2011, causing a nuclear catastrophe, the country’s energy security, already flawed, was seriously weakened. Since the closure of almost all of its nuclear power plants, Japan is facing an energy’s security predicament. To restore lost power, the country turned more intensively to fossil fuels, a... Continue Reading →

Renewables, More Than Pretty Words

Ecological, environmentally-friendly, and green… these are just some of the pretty words we use to paint a positive image out of renewable energy. Doing so is not wrong; after all, if we want to combat the adverse effects of fossil fuel use, framing renewables as something positive will only make us prefer it over other... Continue Reading →

Becoming a Global Model for Renewables

How Latin America is improving its energy efficiency – and breaking barriers at the same time. Chile has put renewable energy on the forefront of its agenda, tripling its share in renewables in the past 6 years. It is now perceived as a model for the use of renewables and is helping Latin America get on... Continue Reading →

A New Breath of Life for Wind Power

“Floating wind turbines are not confined anymore to R and D” asserts Wind Europe, the European association for wind energy. Indeed, since the first floating wind turbines have been installed in 2016, it seems that new renewable energies are not projects anymore. Wind power gets more and more innovative, with new technologies being more efficient.... Continue Reading →

Are Biofuels an Alternative to Oil?

In the beginning, biofuels were thought to be the perfect substitute to oil as they combated greenhouse gas emissions and diversified fuel supply. However, public opinion has shifted in the last years. What could have gone wrong? The problem is that after some years, the production of biofuels started to show the negatives it entailed.... Continue Reading →

“The Windy City Getting Windier”

In 2018, the state of Illinois announced the enactment of the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act, with the highly ambitious aim of producing 100% clean energy by 2050. However, this past week, the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel signed a resolution taking the act one step closer, passing legislation committing to run the city on... Continue Reading →

Quit the Banter, Europe Needs Air Conditioning

As climate change becomes increasingly visible, there is no question heat waves are becoming more prevalent. Last summer, Europe witnessed record-breaking temperatures in a heat wave that took millions by surprise.[1] For example, Scandinavia, a region not used to temperatures above the 30o C mark, saw temperatures extending above 32o C. As a result, the... Continue Reading →

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