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ONE April-June 2015

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In this number the following articles are present:

The Dream of Flying with no Fossil Fuel (ONE Team)

The longest distance ever flown by a solar airplane in aviation history: 13 hours and 20 minutes of flight, reaching an altitude of 8,534 meters with a ground speed of roughly 100 knots. In March 2015 Bertrand Piccard piloted Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) from Muscat (Oman) to Ahmedabad (India), flying across the Arabian Sea and […]

US Geothermal Stuck in the Mud, but 2014 Global Growth Boosts Industry (Pete DanKo, Breaking Energy)

The geothermal industry’s efforts to grab a bigger slice of the growing renewable energy pie met with some success in 2014, though that wasn’t reflected in the United States, where questions remain as to when – or if – geothermal might become more than a relatively small, regional player. Previewing its latest annual report, the […]

Global warming slowdown: No systematic errors in climate models, comprehensive statistical analysis reveals (Max-Planck, Gesellschaft, Science Daily)

Skeptics who still doubt anthropogenic climate change have now been stripped of one of their last-ditch arguments: it is true that there has been a warming hiatus and that the surface of Earth has warmed up much less rapidly since the turn of the millennium than all the relevant climate models had predicted. However, the […]

Russia Blamed, US Taxpayers on the Hook, as Fracking Boom Collapses (Ben Ptashnik, Truthout)

As Congress removes restrictions on taxpayers bailing out the too-big-to-fail banks, the right is blaming environmentalists and Russia for the demise of the fracking boom. In reality, the banks’ junk bonds and derivatives have flooded Wall Street, and now the fracking bubble threatens another financial crisis. Collapsing crude oil prices due to oversupply are […]

The World’s Most Efficient Coal-Fired Power Plants (Dawn Santoianni, Cornerstonemag.net)

International efforts to mitigate climate impacts have intensely scrutinized carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Coal, in particular, has been targeted as a source of emissions that could be reduced. The International Energy Agency recognizes that “coal is an important source of energy for world…we must find ways to use coal more efficiently and to […]

Sos Enattos: Lula’s hidden treasure (ONE Editor)

A hidden jewel. Very well hidden. Maybe too well. The mine of Sos Enattos (Lula, Italy) is one of those treasures often unknown even to next-door neighbours. But that’s probably part of their special aura. The Sos Enattos mine is arguably the most underrated of the vast collection of Sardinia former mining sites: Montevecchio, Monteponi, […]

Study identifies which fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground to avoid dangerous climate change (Rebecca Caygill, UCL)

A third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80% of current coal reserves globally should remain in the ground and not be used before 2050 if global warming is to stay below the 2°C target agreed by policy makers, according to new research by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. The study […]

The Beloyarsk reactor: history in the making? (Giorgio Cucca)

The kick-off of commercial power production by the 800 MWe BN-800 reactor at Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Station in Russia last year could be a defining moment in the history of the nuclear power industry. “A step into the future” was the phrase used by Alexander Kharichev of Rosatom, Russia’s state atomic energy corporation, to describe […]

Anthropocene : the “Great Acceleration” driven by human activities and not by natural variability (Eusebio Loria)

The second half of the 20th Century is unique in the history of human existence. The last 60 years have without doubt seen the most profound transformation of the human relationship with the natural world in the history of humankind. Human activity, predominantly the global economic system, is now the prime driver of change in […]

Left Unchecked, Western Diets Could Derail Climate Action (Laura Wellesley, Chathamhouse.org)

A growing body of evidence shows the impact that unsustainable levels of meat consumption – particularly of meats like beef and lamb – have on the planet. As shown in a recent Chatham House report, the livestock sector contributes nearly 15 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions, roughly equivalent to those from transport. Yet […]

Meet the Dutch Windwheel (Alice Masili)

A sustainable icon and an icon for sustainability. Still early days but the Dutch Windwheel design is impressive. Currently the project is in the concept phase (2015-2017) – after forming the consortium, there would be the need to develop the design and research the innovations which will be applied to the Windwheel. Between 2017 en […]

Sea level correction (increase more intense) (Peter Reuell, Harvard Gazette)

The acceleration of global sea level change from the end of the 20th century through the last two decades has been significantly swifter than scientists thought, according to a new Harvard study. The study, co-authored by Carling Hay, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), and Eric Morrow, a recent […]