David Suzuki: Humanity’s Fate Depends on the Choices We Make Today

We’re living in a time of records. More renewable energy came on stream in 2015than ever—147 gigawatts, equal to Africa’s entire generating capacity—and investment in the sector broke records worldwide. Costs for producing solar and wind power have hit record lows. Portugal obtained all its electricity from renewable sources for four straight days in May—the longest achieved by any country—and Germany was able…

Animal hormone is involved in plant stress memory

The well-known hormone melatonin is not just promoting sleep in humans and animals but is also involved in stress tolerance in plants. And Crop Physiologists from the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of Copenhagen has now documented the roles of melatonin in drought priming and stress memory in barley, together with…

South Korea’s Plan to Have World’s First Carbon-Free Island

A small island south of South Korea is working for the title of world’s first carbon-free island. And it’s pretty close to accomplishing just that. Wind turbines on Gapado Island. Photo credit: Channel NewsAsia Gapado Island, home to 177 people, relies mainly on solar and wind power for electricity. Two wind power generators have been installed on the island, which produce…

Solar Beats Coal for Entire Month in UK for First Time

The UK’s solar panels generated more electricity than coal in May 2016, the first-ever calendar month to pass the milestone, Carbon Brief analysis shows. Solar generated an estimated 1,336 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity in May, 50 percent more than the 893 GWh output from coal. The finding follows on from Carbon Brief’s earlier analysis showing solar beating coal for the…