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  • COP-17

    Conference of the parties to be held in Durban, South Africa during from the 28th November to the 9th of December 2011. This is the fourth time that Africa hosts a major climate change related negotiation. The '17' part of the name COP-17 refers to the fact that it is COP number 17. The most...

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Solucar PS10

PS10 Solar Power Plant

The PS10 Solar Power Plant is Europe's first commercial concentrating solar power tower. It is operating near Seville, in Andalucia, Spain. The 11 megawatt (MW) solar power tower produces electricity with 624 large movable mirrors called heliostats.

The PS10 solar power tower stores heat...

Climate sensitivity

The increase in temperature following a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere.

More generally, climate sensitivity refers to the change in surface air temperature that arises some time after a...

Sustainable development

'Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'. (World Commission on Environment and Development Report, 1987)

The above is the most widely accepted definition of sustainable...


Fuel made from biomass.

A biofuel can be a liquid, a solid or a gas. Biofuels can power cars and other vehicles. Biofuel has also recently been successfully used to power an airplane. They are also often used to heat homes.

Most biofuels used in...