Siemens Builds World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbines And DONG Will Operate The Wind Farm.

World's Largest Wind Turbine - SiemensSiemens is building the massive 6-megawatt wind turbines and DONG Energy will manage the project off the Yorkshire coast. DONG’s long term plan is to install 300 of the Siemen’s wind turbines around the UK. It’s great to see DONG and Siemens working so well together. [e360]

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France Passes New Law To Reduce After Hours Light Pollution From Shops And Offices.

Light Pollution Law in France.France’s new law to reduce light pollution is brilliant because it’s so simple. Not only will the law reduce wasted electricity, it’s also easy to monitor and enforce. From the Guardian:

“Under the new law, which comes into effect on 1 July, lights in shop window displays will be turned off at 1am. Interior lights in offices and other non-residential buildings will have to be switched off an hour after the last employee leaves. The move, announced on Wednesday, is expected to save 250,000 tonnes of CO2 – enough energy to power 750,000 French households for a year.”

If it can work in the City of Light, you’d expect a light pollution law working in every city with the exception Vegas. [Guardian]

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GravityLight: Gravity Powered LED Light.

GravityLight - Gravity powered LED lightWhat’s not to like about the GravityLight? It harnesses gravity to power an LED light for 30 minutes with just one lift of the included weight bag. The creators of the GravityLight, Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves, are currently on Indiegogo raising funds to expand production. Their goal is to manufacture and promote the GravityLight as an inexpensive alternative to kerosene lamps in developing countries. [Grist]

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President Obama Adresses Climate Change: Signs Bill Exempting US Airlines From EU Carbon Tax.

Plane flying over Heathrow Airport.The US had a opportunity to take action and lead non-EU countries on the issue of climate change and we did – by going in the opposite direction. The Guardian posted “Obama fails first climate test by rejecting EU aviation carbon regime” about President Obama’s decision to sign into a law a bill exempting US airlines from paying into a European Union carbon tax. It’s part of the EU’s effort to create an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that would assess a tax on flights to Europe that originate in the US. The tax would’ve cost US airlines $3.1 billion by 2020. President Obama claims that addressing climate change is a priority of his second term but it sure feels like getting a member of his own party elected in 2016 is taking precedent. Global Warming 1, Climate Action 0. [The Guardian]

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First World Problems Anthem Video: A Good Message From People Who Need To People Who Want.

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Sending A Boat To Cruise Around A Liquid Methane Lake On Saturn Moon Titan. Should We Even Bother?

It's boating season on Saturn's moon Titan.Sener Aerospace has a ginormous idea – they’d like to float a boat on one of Titan’s liquid methane lakes and collect samples. Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, was previously visited by the Huygens spacecraft in 2005 but its liquid methane lakes remain a mystery. That’s why scientists at Sener sent a proposal to the European Planetary Science Congress advancing the idea of sending a boat probe to Titan.

Science is great and what’s even better is that this proposed project, between a private Spanish company and a European space agency, will not cost me a dime.

But I have to suggest a move in the awesome direction: why not focus on our own planet first, help get it in order, and then figure out how to paddle around the methane lakes on a distant moon? To me, expending the resources in order to hit the prime boating season on Titan just seems likes something you would do after you have your shit together on your own planet. It even makes the colonizing Mars idea sound less crazy. Sorry Hudson. [CNET Crave]


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