Author Archives: Carlo Ombello

Gold mining the Amazon: Deforestation 2.0 [w/videos]

Rainforest exploitation is a concept we have been sadly used to for years. Images of deforestation have long been a common sight in tropical countries, as illegal logging of trees and ever increasing pressure from agriculture keep claiming thousands of … Continue reading

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Photo of the week (1st Oct 2013)

This is a new section of the blog, photography. It’s a great passion of mine, so it will be a different and meaningful way to express myself, rather than just by writing. Photos posted here will be related to the … Continue reading

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Plans for World’s largest solar plant unveiled in India

India is set to build the largest solar power project in the World, with a proposed capacity of 4,000MW. The Government has announced the massive scheme in a press release by the Ministry for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. The … Continue reading

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Can we save Canada’s wilderness from human exploitation? [w/video]

Canada’s hidden natural treasures are under threat. Tar sands developments in the Alberta region are already causing a devastating impact on the local environment, which many of us will have already witnessed through dramatic pictures of barren landscapes and polluted … Continue reading

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Largest tidal project in Europe gets go ahead

The largest tidal energy project in Europe has been granted permission by the Scottish Government. MeyGen Ltd., a joint venture between American investment bank Morgan Stanley, French independent power generator International Power and Australian tidal technology provider Atlantis Resources Corporation, … Continue reading

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Let’s name storms after climate change deniers! [w/video]

What if we named the most devastating storms caused by climate change after climate skeptics? This is exactly what folks at ClimateNameChange.org have done! Since 1954, the World Meteorological Organization has been naming extreme storms after people. But we propose … Continue reading

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PV market topped 21 GW in 2010, recession ahead

As more reliable data are released over last year’s photovoltaics installations figures, the picture of solar market’s growth is getting clearer. The latest information gathered from the World’s top markets have been summarised by EPIA (the European Photovoltaic Industry Association) in … Continue reading

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Italian ‘killer’ Decree threatens global solar industry

In a move that will shake the global PV industry like an earthquake, the Italian Government approved on 3rd March a long awaited Renewable Energy Decree that marks an unanticipated, early end to its incredible solar race. After months of … Continue reading

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Italy’s solar market booms beyond all predictions: 6 GWs in 2010

Just a few days ago I was about to start an article on the fast-rising pace of the Italian solar market, based on the available data from GSE (the Italian Government’s Energy Agency). I was to comment on what I … Continue reading

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Italian roads go solar with first sun powered motorway

Most people will be surprised, but Italy was the first country in the world to build motorways. In fact, the A8 “Milano-Laghi” motorway (“Milan-Lakes”, as it connects the city of Milan to Lake Como and Maggiore) was completed in 1926. … Continue reading

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