Two powerful articles detailing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy in Photos
50 dramatic images of destruction caused by superstorm and hurricane Sandy
Check this out! The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century created this interactive map to track renewable energy developments across the world. How does your country stack up?
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In this TED talk, David Roberts, writer for Grist.org, paints a disturbing picture of what will happen if climate change remains un-checked. it’s simple, straightforward and scary.
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California continues to improve its Green Building Standard Codes.
Liquid air could work better than batteries or hydrogen for storing excess energy produced from wind turbines or other renewable energy sources during off-peak times, according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. A company in the United Kingdom is testing how the liquid air method—originally developed to power vehicles—could help use some of this “wrong-time” energy.
The method would use electricity from off-peak hours to take in air—removing carbon dioxide and water vapor in order to chill air to a cryogenic state. This turns what’s left, which is mostly nitrogen, to a liquid that is stored in giant vacuum flasks until demand increases and it can be warmed again. Re-expanding air could be used to drive turbines.
While the growth in renewables is among the contributing factors to the 9 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. since 2005, one analysis says this decline is unlikely to continue unless there are major departures from the way energy is currently produced and used. The report lays out specific energy-related changes that would need to occur between now and 2035 to have a chance at reducing carbon dioxide emissions to 38 percent below 2005 levels. These include: growth in renewables beyond the 5 percent electricity makeup today to 31 percent by 2035 as well as gains in residential, commercial and industrial energy-using equipment.
Vicki Arroyo is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center
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This video is a little dated but the conversation about cap & trade schemes for carbon is still ongoing. Have a watch and sound off in the comments. Do you agree with Annie Leonard or do you think that a cap & trade program might be a part of the solution?
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My case for why you should always buy and use EnergyStar products for your home.
Hurricane Isaac has drawn much attention to Entergy and its performance. Take a look at this in depth account by Zoe Sullivan.