The Central Asian state's high mountains are flecked with glaciers and snowfields. Climate change is causing them to melt faster. Mudslides and floods are threatening the population and its power supply.
The country is responding to the new challenge with an awareness-raising campaign. And the sun is being harnessed as a clean and reliable energy source. Hospitals in the country are installing solar panels to cut their reliance on harmful diesel generators during power cuts.
Reuters (July 23, 2011) On the windswept high plains of Bolivia, an energy revolutuion is under way. Small communities, never connected to the power grid, now have access to electric power for the first time through solar ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (June 17, 2013) Solar power has so far played a minor role in Brazil. But now, with German aid, the country's largest photovoltaic power plant is being installed in the state of Santa Catarina, with a target ... watch video
Reuters (May 29, 2013) Boston-based company Altaeros has developed a new wind power generator in the form of a giant balloon they say will offer a cheap renewable energy to communities off the grid. ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Aug. 20, 2013) Germany is trying to make the switch to renewable energy. The high-profile Riffgat offshore wind farm, built off the coast of Borkum, was slated to begin operating this month. Thirty windmills now ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Oct. 27, 2014) The TuNur project aims to generate clean energy from a giant solar plant in the Tunisian Sahara from where it will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated undersea cable. TuNur ... watch video
AP (May 1, 2015) Tesla CEO Elon Musk presented his new Powerwall solar batteries on Thursday. Musk says the batteries could dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels by replacing use of the power grid. (May ... watch video
AFP (May 1, 2015) Electric car pioneer Tesla Motors unveiled a home battery Thursday which founder Elon Musk says would allow storage of solar power for homeowners who want to go off the grid.
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Aug. 31, 2015 As global population rises and finite resources dwindle, farmers need new, more sustainable ways to control pests. Now, ecologists have found a safe, sustainable and cost-effective new pest control. ... read more
Aug. 28, 2015 With detection limits down to the zeptomolar range (about 600 molecules in a sample), a new technology can analyze the metabolic composition of individual microbial cells, as ... read more
Aug. 28, 2015 Beach sand contains all kinds of microorganisms, including those that can harm human health. Yet current guidelines are focused exclusively on monitoring the levels of microbes in the water. Now, an ... read more
Aug. 28, 2015 Researchers have shown that our understanding of how organic material is decomposed by fungi and bacteria is fundamentally wrong. This means that climate models that include ... read more
June 24, 2015 A new technique for 'scheduling' energy in electric grids has been developed. It moves away from centralized management by tapping into the distributed computing power of energy devices. ... read more
May 19, 2014 Installing state-of-the-art solar panels on a quarter of a million roofs could meet one-sixth of Scotland's electricity demands, experts say. Scientists say the strategy could ease the plight of ... read more
Dec. 3, 2013 Renewable energy sources such as wind-powered generators can be more reliable and efficient by better controlling the process of getting electricity onto the power grid, according to new ... read more
Mar. 2, 2013 As the U.S. national power-grid network becomes larger and more complex, achieving reliability across the network is increasingly difficult. Now scientists have identified conditions and properties ... read more