Heatwave: Record breaking temperatures in the U.S. and Europe

Today The Guardian filed, ‘US temperatures hit record levels as south-west bakes in heatwave‘, and cites 114F in Phoenix, 109F in Las Vegas, Denver hit 100F (37,7C), in California inland areas reached triple digits. A dangerous heat swept across the American south-west over the weekend as potentially deadly heat set temperatures soaring to record levels…

The ecological costs of the war in Ukraine

Duke Today‘s Amanda Solliday recently interviewed Erika Weinthal, professor of environmental and public policy in Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Weinthal’s research examines global environmental politics, including conflict and peacebuilding. She wrote a book on shared water resources following the collapse of the Soviet Union, “State Making and Environmental Cooperation: Linking Domestic Politics and…

Germany on the way to a circular hub – driving the electric vehicle revolution

Tesla’s new giga factory in Berlin-Brandenburg, Giga-Berlin, is nearing to begin production later this year, while starting to sell solar panel systems, and the Tesla Powerwall in Germany via Octopus Energy – available in all of Germany come 2022. Clean Technica: By aggregating the solar generating capacity and the storage capacity of Tesla Energy Plan…

Siemens Gamesa introduces world first recyclable wind turbine blade

While for many wind turbine components such as tower or machine house recyclable solution exist, the introduction of recyclable wind turbine blades is new. A new resin makes the difference and paves the way for fully recyclable wind turbines, and possibly a new standard for the entire industry. Siemens Gamesa has produced six such blades…

Floods Devastate German Towns

Heavy rains caused flooding in regions of West Germany, affecting the region of Ahrweiler (Rheinland-Pfalz). In the town Schuld (Nordrhein-Westfalen), several buildings collapsed with others prone to collapse. The town of Hagen is also affected, near Wuppertal a dam overflow – subsequently towns around Steinbachtalsperre in Euskirchen were evacuated. Dozens of people are missing, 33…