Posts Tagged ‘Renewable’
For the first time electricity generated from wind and solar farms has become competitive against fossil fuels. Public utility companies are now buying solar and wind outputs at price points near and below conventional power sources, like natural gas, coal, and nuclear. Public utility executives say the trend has accelerated. . .
Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is undergoing dramatic shifts with consequences that are beginning to return the landscape to conditions not seen in nearly a century, according to a new study. In the park’s northeast section, elk have decreased in number in their historic winter range in the Lamar Valley. . .
Goats, not herbicides, may be the most effective way to combat the spread of one of the most invasive plants now threatening East Coast salt marshes, a new Duke University led study finds. The common reed is a rapid colonizer that has overrun many coastal wetlands from New England to. . .
The National Marine Fisheries Service opened a public process to determine whether to prohibit fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna, which have suffered a 96 percent decline since large-scale fishing began. The Pacific bluefin population’s historic low triggered a requirement for new regulations to better manage overfishing by April 8, 2014,. . .
Each year the research firm Clean Edge releases their annual U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index which tracks the sustainable clean tech progress of the 50 largest metro areas and the 50 states. This year’s report highlighted gains made in 2014. One of the features of the report is a focus on cities. . .
Two years ago Ford formed a collaboration with Heinz to develop a 100 percent plant-based PET, a common type of plastic used in soft drink and water bottles. The intent, from Ford’s perspective, has been “is to develop a strong, lightweight material that meets our vehicle requirements, while at the same time. . .
A new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the country’s top 100 electric power producers shows a downward trend in nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, mercury and carbon dioxide since 2000, with CO2 emissions decreasing 13 percent between 2008 and 2012. The findings show that the industry is already shifting. . .
Stanford University said last Tuesday it will no longer use any of its $18.7 billion endowment to invest in coal mining companies, a move aimed at combating climate change that could influence college administrations elsewhere. The university’s board of trustees agreed with recommendations from a panel of students, faculty, staff. . .
A Department of Energy study suggests America’s rivers are a vast untapped hydropower resource, and developing many of them could help combat climate change by using renewable energy, to reduce reliance on coal-fired power plants that emit climate-changing greenhouse gases. In all, undeveloped rivers and streams in the U.S. have. . .
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States’ 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory. The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due to a. . .
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have now proven that it’s possible to power engines instead with a cheap, convenient supply of fuel: seawater. Scientists have spent nearly a decade laboring to turn the ocean into fuel. The breakthrough, demonstrated in a proof-of-concept test, was made possible by a specialized. . .
Wind energy is expected to make up about 4.6 percent of total U.S. electric power generation by 2015, totaling about 77,000 megawatts of wind power capacity nationwide, U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. That’s up from 3 percent in 2012, when total U.S. wind power generation capacity was about 60,000 megawatts. One. . .
Illinois is buying more renewable energy than any other state in the nation, which has reduced pollution by the equivalent of removing a million cars from the road over the past few years, according to a report released Friday by national and state environmental groups. A 2009 state law allowed. . .
The convenience of toilet paper is a comfort many Americans can’t picture themselves living without. America is the world largest market for toilet paper. Americans per capita use 23.6 rolls per year, totaling about 7 billion rolls a year for the country. Unfortunately, using toilet paper is not the most sustainable. . .