August 18, 2013 - In “New Tools Pinpoint Natural Gas Leaks, Maximizing a Fuel’s Green Qualities” (Business Day, Aug. 7), new technology is described that some say can improve the way we detect methane emissions in the country’s vast natural gas pipeline system. But zeroing in on methane releases is only the first step in reducing the amount of this potent greenhouse gas that we put into the atmosphere.
Another critical step is the acceler read more>>>
08/19/13 - IPCC REPORT OUT SOON UPS ODDS CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED BY MAN TO 95 PERCENT — REPORT: An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report due out next month will say there's at least a 95 percent chance that human activities (mostly burning fossil fuels) have been the main cause of global warming since the 1950s, according to a draft version of the report seen by Reuters. “That is up from at least 90 percent in the last report in 2007, 66 percent in 2001, and just over 50 in 1995, steadily squeezing out the arguments by a small minority of scientists that natural variations in the climate might be to blame. That shifts the debate onto the extent of temperature rises and the likely impacts, from manageable to catastrophic. Governments have agreed to work out an international deal by the end of 2015 to rein in rising emissions.” read more>>>
Aug 17, 2013 - The electrical grid is a complicated maze that we all rely on, but few of us understand. When you flip on a light switch, turn up the air conditioner or turn on the TV or computer, it’s hard to imagine just how many pieces go into generating that power.
Electricity comes from a wide array of resources these days — running the gambit from traditional “dirty” fossil fuels to newer, cleaner, “green” energy. read more>>>
19 AUGUST, 2013 - 33,000 solar panels make up what is claimed to be Europe's biggest rooftop solar array project.
The 8.1 megawatt solar farm was installed in Southern Germany, atop the distribution center of Pfenning Logistics GmbH in Heddesheim.
Spread across the rooftops of two warehouses; the system occupies a total area of eleven hectares. The rooftop arrays will avoid the production of up to 5,171 tonnes of carbon emissions annually and will generate enough power to supply the equivalent of over 1,800 European households. read more>>>
August 19, 2013 - Coastal communities should assume floods are going to happen more frequently and realize that spending now on protective measures could save money later, according to a report issued by a presidential task force charged with developing a strategy for rebuilding areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Most of the report's 69 recommendations focus on a simple warning: plan for future storms in an age of climate change and rising sea levels. It calls for development of a more advanced electrical grid and the creation of better planning tools and standards for storm-damaged communities. read more>>>
Despite the fact that more people now acknowledge that climate change represents a significant threat to human well-being, this has yet to translate into any meaningful action. Psychologists may have an answer as to why this is Aug. 19, 2013 - Today the scientific community is in almost total agreement that the earth’s climate is changing as a result of human activity, and that this represents a huge threat to the planet and to us. According to a Pew survey conducted in March, however, public opinion lags behind the scientific conclusion, with only 69% of those surveyed accepting the view that the earth is warming — and only 1 in 4 Americans see global warming as a major threat. Still, 69% is a solid majority, which begs the question, Why aren’t we doing anything about it? read more>>>
Actually it's the same special interests monies, from past 40plus years, funding the denial as they ran out of the old excuses not to develop another profitable industry here in the states, and world for that matter, taking them excuses down themselves, like cheap fossil fuel energy, no environmental damage from, unending supplies of fossil fuel which took millions of years to develop!!
August 17, 2013 - To quote Ronald Reagan, "There you go again." The Oregonian is again attacking the economic interest of rural Oregonians as it undermines clean-energy development in its July 27 editorial "Near miss on clean-fuel folly."
Clean-energy development has been good for Oregon. According to the Oregon Employment Department, the only counties that had positive job growth through the depths of the recent recession were those gorge counties that saw investment in new renewable energy. Investments in wind energy have led to significant jobs and new investment, particularly in rural parts of the state where it's most needed. Renewable-energy developments have attracted more than $9 billion in investments to the state. Oregon's clean fuels program provides another opportunity for the same type of investment in rural jobs while dealing with the very real threat of climate change. read more>>>
Aug. 18, 2013 - As climate change intensifies, one of the most surefire threats we're bound to face is increased flooding of coastal cities brought on by sea level rise. Taxpayers worldwide will be faced with more whopping bills—like the estimated $60 billion cost of Superstorm Sandy—to clean up damage in the wake of these events. But just how much money are we talking about here? According to a study out today in Nature, it's a freakishly large number: A dangerous combination of rising seas, sinking land, and growing coastal development could push global flood damages to well over $1 trillion every year by 2050. read more>>>
2013-08-14 - State's support for new environmental initiatives promotes emerging sectors
China's investment in renewable energy will bring vast opportunities and challenges for the country's overall development, a senior official said at a recent high-level summit.
Xie Zhenhua, vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, said investments in renewable energy will hit 1.8 trillion yuan ($294 billion) during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15).
He said the government also plans to spend another 2.3 trillion yuan on energy conservation and reducing harmful emissions to boost the green economy. read more>>>
August 13, 2013 - The University has received $2.14 million in state funding to create an independent microgrid energy system at its Depot Campus in Storrs.
UConn’s microgrid will be supported by an existing 400kW fuel cell and a demonstration-scale 6.6 kW photovoltaic solar panel array located adjacent to the Center for Clean Energy Engineering. The microgrid is expected to be operational by June 2014.
“This project will enhance UConn’s preparedness and ability to serve the community in storm-related emergencies,” said UConn President Susan Herbst. “It will also help UConn serve as a resource for others on how to create resilient, reliable, and environmentally sustainable microgrids. We’re grateful for the state’s support and look forward to sharing what we learn through this innovative project.” read more>>>