Germany meets half its energy demand from solar, briefly
Solar power plants in Germany peaked at 22 gigawatts of output for a few hours on Friday and Saturday (25/26.05.2012), yielding almost half the country’s energy needs from the renewable resource and setting a new record in the process, IEEE Spectrum Energywise reports.
In the wake of the decision to shutter all of its nuclear plants, solar power will need to play an even bigger role in the future.
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Photo of the day: A beluga whale clutches a soccer ball in its mouth on May 30 while playing inside a tank at the Beijing Aquarium. Belugas, or white whales, are sociable and playful creatures, making them popular among aquarium visitors. This threatened species was among the first type of whale to be placed in captivity. However, captive breeding programs have rarely been successful and the recent death of a newborn beluga at the Georgia Aquarium has raised questions about the health of marine animals in captivity.
Conserving America’s last great places.