Green Energy 'steals' from the Biosphere

An Opinion Piece by Viv Forbes, BScAppGeol, FAusIMM Scientist, mineral economist and grass farmer. Earth has only three significant sources of energy. First is geothermal energy from Earth’s molten core and decaying radioactive minerals in Earth’s crust. This energy moves continents, powers volcanoes and its heat migrates towards the crust, warming the lithosphere and the…

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More methane seeps discovered in the deep ocean

Over a course of 12 days Dr. Giuliana Panieri and her colleagues from Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE) collected images from seven areas of known methane release in the Arctic Ocean. One of them was Vestnesa Ridge, with over 1000 active seep sites at the depth of over 1000 m. Methane…

Aussie government slashes renewable target

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Australian Abbott government has dramatically slashed the Australian renewable energy target, from 41,000 GWh / year, to 33,000 GWh / year. The leaked appointment of the new Wind Turbine Commissioner is also now official. According to Sky News; A bipartisan deal – agreed to last month after a lengthy…

Can heat be controlled as waves?

From the GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY: A growing interest in thermoelectric materials — which convert waste heat to electricity — and pressure to improve heat transfer from increasingly powerful microelectronic devices have led to improved theoretical and experimental understanding of how heat is transported through nanometer-scale materials. Recent research has focused on the possibility of…