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Germany joins biofuels project
A new project to examine the global potential and implications of large-scale use of biofuels for transportation has been launched by the Washington-based Worldwatch Insteitute and the German Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture. ... more

Sun, wind, fuel cells power cargo ship of the future
A cargo ship designed to run exclusively on renewable energy is making its debut in the Nordic Pavilion at the World Expo 2005. It harnesses the power of the sun, wind and water and releases zero emissions into the environment. ... more

Renewable energy potential unveiled
Thousands of megawatt of new renewable energy potential in Africa, Asia, South and Central America have been discovered by a pioneering project to map the solar and wind resource of 13 developing countries. ... more

Japan's wind power threatens sea eagle
by Kenji Ishihara

Wind power plants have an important part to play in creating non-polluting energy but more attention needs to be paid to their impact on wild birds, including Japan's white-tailed sea eagle (ojirowashi ), a protected species which is frequently killed in collisions with wind turbines, says Kenji Ishihara. ... more

The winds of China could solve climate dilemma
Greenpeace, the European Wind Energy Association and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association have formed a new partnership, committing themselves to ensuring that wind power plays a key role in China�s energy future. ... more

Solar cells selling fast
by Viviana Jim�nez

World production of solar cells �which convert sunlight directly into electricity � soared to 742 megawatts (MW) in 2003, a jump of 32 per cent in just one year, the Earth Policy Institute reports. ... more

First US gas-electric hybrid SUV hits the street
The first Ford gasoline-electric hybrid sports utility vehicle has rolled off the assembly line, picking up praise from labour and some environmental groups for its fuel efficiency and low emissions. But other environmental and human rights groups are challenging Ford to increase the fuel economy of its entire fleet of cars and trucks. ... more

Kerry promotes energy independence plan
by J.R. Pegg

Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry has outlined a 10 year, $30 billion energy plan and said the proposal will "put America on the path to energy independence and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs at the same time." ... more

Entering the age of renewable energy
by Janet L. Sawin

"The age of renewables has now begun," proclaimed Germany's Environment Minister J�rgen Trittin at the close of the International Conference for Renewable Energies in Bonn where 154 nations pledged to make renewable energy "a most important and widely available source of energy," reports Janet Sawin. ... more

Renewable energy can help reduce global poverty, says report
A fast approaching global energy and climate crisis threatens to reverse human development, says a new report. ... more

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