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Feb 8, 2012

New solar cell could boost efficiency by 25 pct

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – A new type of solar cell
which could boost the efficiency of solar panels by over 25
percent compared to silicon-based cells has been developed by
British scientists, but they need another two or three years to
assess whether it is commercially viable.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a
hybrid solar cell which is capable of converting 44 percent of
sunlight into electrical power, 29 percent more than traditional
cells’ capability of 34 percent, they said in the journal
NanoLetters on Wednesday.

Feb 1, 2012

UK firm plans to firm up liquid air energy storage

LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – UK company Highview Power
Storage plans to develop a commercial facility which uses liquid
air to store renewable energy after a pilot project was
successful, the firm told Reuters on Wednesday.

One of the problems facing wind power development is how to
store surplus energy when the wind is strong and release it when
the weather is calm.

Jan 30, 2012

World lacks enough food, fuel as population soars: U.N.

LONDON (Reuters) – The world is running out of time to make sure there is enough food, water and energy to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and to avoid sending up to 3 billion people into poverty, a U.N. report warned on Monday.

As the world’s population looks set to grow to nearly 9 billion by 2040 from 7 billion now, and the number of middle-class consumers increases by 3 billion over the next 20 years, the demand for resources will rise exponentially.

Jan 30, 2012

Renewable energy deals hit record high in 2011: report

LONDON (Reuters) – Global renewable energy deals climbed 40 percent to a record high of $53.5 billion last year from $38.2 billion in 2010, as solar, wind and energy efficiency overtook hydropower as the main deal drivers for the first time, a report said on Monday.

Historically, hydro power has dominated renewables deal flow, but deals worth $1 billion or more in wind, solar, biomass and energy efficiency have outnumbered hydro by seven to one, the PriceWaterHouse Coopers report said.

Jan 30, 2012

Renewable energy deals hit record high in 2011-PwC

LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Global renewable energy
deals climbed 40 percent to a record high of $53.5 billion last
year from $38.2 billion in 2010, as solar, wind and energy
efficiency overtook hydropower as the main deal drivers for the
first time, a report said on Monday.

Historically, hydro power has dominated renewables deal
flow, but deals worth $1 billion or more in wind, solar, biomass
and energy efficiency have outnumbered hydro by seven to one,
the PriceWaterHouse Coopers report said.

Jan 26, 2012

Flooding is biggest climate risk to UK, report says

LONDON (Reuters) – Flooding will be Britain’s biggest climate risk this century, with damage set to cost as much as 12 billion pounds ($18 billion) a year by the 2080s if nothing is done to adapt to extreme weather, a report said on Thursday.

British summers are forecast to get hotter, while winters will get milder and wetter.

Jan 26, 2012

Flooding is biggest climate risk to UK

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Flooding will be
Britain’s biggest climate risk this century, with damage set to
cost as much as 12 billion pounds ($18 billion) a year by the
2080s if nothing is done to adapt to extreme weather, a report
said on Thursday.

British summers are forecast to get hotter, while winters
will get milder and wetter.

Jan 25, 2012

Clean up world seas to boost economy, U.N. body says

LONDON (Reuters) – Cleaner and better-managed seas and coasts would help boost economic growth and reduce poverty and pollution, a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report said on Wednesday.

The report, produced with several other U.N. organizations, highlights the huge potential of a marine-based economy some five months before world governments meet to discuss pathways to

Jan 24, 2012

U.N. sustainable development summit shifts from climate change

By Deborah Zabarenko and Nina Chestney

(Reuters) – Representatives from around the world gather in Rio in June to try to hammer out goals for sustainable development at a U.N. conference designed to avoid being tripped up by the intractable issue of climate change.

But there is concern in the lead-up to the conference, known as Rio+20 or the Earth Summit, that it risks ending up as all talk and little action.

Jan 22, 2012

Huge pool of Arctic water could cool Europe: study

LONDON (Reuters) – A huge pool of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean is expanding and could lower the temperature of Europe by causing an ocean current to slow down, British scientists said Sunday.

Using satellites to measure sea surface height from 1995 to 2010, scientists from University College London and Britain’s National Oceanography Center found that the western Arctic’s sea surface has risen by about 15 cms since 2002.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
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      2007
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      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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