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ONE July-September 2015

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In questo numero sono presenti i seguenti articoli:

Stalling increase in emissions: a new trend or a temporary blip? (Jez Abbott)

Spring, the season of new beginnings, also marked the beginning of something new. In March came data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicating global emissions of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled in 2014. This, according to the IEA, is the first time in 40 years there has been a halt or drop […]

The rise of electricity storage: something for everybody (John P. Banks, Brookings.edu)

The barrage of news about the progress and promise of electricity storage in the last year just got another jolt from two disparate sources: the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Tesla Motors. On April 21, DOE released the first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) focusing on improving the nation’s energy infrastructure and […]

US legislation the key driver in the energy storage market (Alice Masili)

Last April Tesla Motors unveiled its Powerwall and Powerpack lithium ion batteries for homes and utility-scale applications, which could facilitate an increased role for wind and solar energy resources. Both wind and solar have so far been limited by a need for storage options to address the intermittent nature of their generation. As well synthesized […]

The world’s first climate positive data center is built in Sweden (Ecodatacenter)

Up to 10 percent of the world’s electricity is consumed by the Information and Communications Technology sector alone. ICT is emerging as a new target area in terms of energy efficiency. There are currently over three million data centers globally and the growing cost of powering them is plain to see. A single data center […]

More coal plants are being cancelled than built (Sophie Yeo, Carbon Brief)

The global coal boom has started to slow, a new report says, as more plans for new power plants are now being shelved than completed. The number of cancelled coal projects across the world has outstripped those completed at a rate of two to one since 2010, according to Sierra Club and CoalSwarm – two […]

Russia completes design papers for Fukushima tritium removal (World Nuclear News)

Russia’s Atomproekt has completed the draft design and working documents for a demonstration unit to separate tritium from contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Construction of the facility is expected to start early next year. If the demonstration unit is successful, a full-scale facility could be built at the plant […]

Four reasons why the transition from fossil fuels to a green energy era is gaining traction (Michael Klare, Tomdispatch.com)

Don’t hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels — oil, natural gas, and coal — will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape […]

Bringing the age of steam into the information age (Toby Lockwood)

‘Greetings from the Stone Age’ proclaimed the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung upon the opening of a brand new coal power plant near Hamburg this year, reflecting the growing view that coal power is yesterday’s technology. However, the mounting pressure faced by coal plants to stay relevant in a cleaner power sector is actually compelling them […]

Monsanto fears (ONE Editor)

Neil Young is like good wine, improving all the time. The older he gets the better he becomes. Nothing sad, nothing pathetic no sign of decadence. Nomen est omen is certainly true with Young. The Canadian singer’s latest albums are all musically inspired and filled with some vitriol lyrics, which make them even more meaningful […]

The Shaky Science Behind Predicting Earthquakes (Elizabeth Kolbert, Smithsonian Magazine)

It is a typical day and Italy is shaking. I am standing in the monitoring room at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, in Rome, and I watch the earthquakes taking place in real time. At least two people staff the room 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The quakes—terremoti, or earth […]

Fossil Fuels (emissions) here to stay (Eusebio Loria)

Gone are the days of the fossil fuels golden age but we are still in a period of abundance. New supplies added to the world market have sent the price of oil plummeting by 40-60 percent and large amounts of new, cheaper carbon are now in our global energy pipeline. These shifts in global conditions […]