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COP26 a washout? Don’t lose hope – here’s why

COP26 a washout? Don’t lose hope – here’s why

It’s going to take time for the dust to settle but for now, let’s be heartened by the fact that the Glasgow sessions have once again put renewables on the agenda.
Greening the Not-So-Green Cannabis Industry

Greening the Not-So-Green Cannabis Industry

Like most Americans, I can’t wait for the 2016 presidential election to be over. It’s been so unsettling that I’ve had to pour myself a double shot of whiskey just to get through the final two presidential debates.
Renewable Energy Gets Focus on Ballot

Renewable Energy Gets Focus on Ballot

[Biomass] A running joke among some Columbia politicians is that the city could combine the two marijuana ballot proposals with the green-energy initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot by burning marijuana in the Municipal Power Plant. The truth is, burning cannabis to fuel the plant along Business Loop 70 would satisfy the letter of Proposition 3, which calls for the […]
Solar-powered heroin production shows the shady side of solar

Solar-powered heroin production shows the shady side of solar

A news story along the lines of ‘things that make you go hmmmm.’ Farmers in Afghanistan are turning to solar powered water pumps to boost production of heroin-producing poppies and it’s working out quite well for them. That’s according to a report this week from the BBC, in which correspondent Justin Rowlatt looked at production amounts of the drug over […]
Why a Small Alberta Oil and Gas Town is Pursuing Geothermal Power

Why a Small Alberta Oil and Gas Town is Pursuing Geothermal Power

Like many towns across Alberta, the landscape around Hinton is a pincushion of oil wells. At the bottom of some of the deeper wells, temperatures can reach upwards of 120 degrees Celsius, and that geothermal heat could be about to spur the town on to its next energy windfall.
The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels

If you're only an occasional reader in the world of biofuels, corn, sugarcane and veggie oils are the raw materials you’ll have heard the most about — lately, perhaps more about cellulosic feedstocks from agricultural and municipal wastes.