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How to turn the future green, according to Bill Gates

Bill Gates plans to invest $1 billion in clean energy technology over the next five years. This will be a fairly big increase over the investments he is already making, but he’s doing it because he believes that the next half-decade will bring many breakthroughs that will help

Fossil Fuels are clearly dead

Renewables are today on the verge of being price competitive with fossil fuels – and already are in many situations. So in 10 years, maybe just 5, it is a no-brainer that renewables will be significantly cheaper than fossil fuels in most places and will

15 Emerging Agriculture Technologies That Will Change The World

Below are technologies related to agricultural and natural manufacturing under four key areas of accelerating change: Sensors, Food, Automation and Engineering. Sensors help agriculture by enabling real-time traceability and diagnosis of crop, livestock and farm machine states. Food may benefit directly from genetic tailoring and

Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF

The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3tn subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments. The vast sum is largely

About that Mars One Mission…

Kaye is the only New York-area native among 100 finalists for Mars One, a private Dutch mission to put the first humans on another planet with a self-sustaining, permanent colony. And remember now, it’s a one-way trip. Nobody gets to return to Earth on this

Buy Energy From Your Friends

The future grid could be like an “energy Internet” where the traditional hierarchies are overturned. Instead of a hub-and-spoke system of utilities to consumers, power and associated services will be transacted between individuals. Seems like simpler, cheaper solutions are emerging from this sharing economy. It’s

Elon Musk donates $10M to ‘keep AI beneficial’

Elon Musk has decided to donate $10M to the Future of Life Institute (FLI) to run a global research program aimed at keeping AI beneficial to humanity. Musk, who warned last August that “we need to be super careful with AI. What sort of breakthrough

At least one major oil company turns its back on fossil fuels

Leggett, who plans to stands down as chairman of the highly successful Solarcentury renewable business he founded to focus on climate change campaigning, holds what he calls “friendly critic” sessions with the fossil fuel sector these days. The tone of the meetings has changed significantly

Attempts to stop catastrophic climate change are futile, says UN report

Anti-emissions policies adopted by world governments are decreasing the amount of harmful gas emitted in some countries, but the report warns it’s not enough when developing nations produce more gases than limited political controls can remove. Emissions in most Western countries are falling as economies