Pros and Cons of Fossil Fuels

Greentumble

One of the driving factors in the industrial revolution was the introduction of coal energy. Coal provided a more efficient and dense energy source than burning wood. Since the industrial revolution coal has given way to oil and natural gas as two prominent energy sources. This increasing energy demand has been met by an ever increasing supply of fossil fuel energy. Fossil fuels are the most prominent energy source in our world today.

Why Do We Still Use Fossil Fuels & Can Non-Renewable Sources of Energy Be Replaced?

Greentumble

The world has a crippling dependence on fossil fuels and this dependence on coal, oil and natural gas is one of the largest causes to arguably the biggest problem facing earth today: climate change. As users, we are mainly interested in having a constant supply of energy which is also affordable so we can go on with our life. Where the energy comes from is rarely something we are aware of unless it carries financial implications. Limited access to renewable energy.

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Unearthing the true cost of fossil fuels and the true value of photovoltaics

Green (Living) Review

Two new studies published by Carol Olson and Frank Lenzmann in MRS Energy and Sustainability—A Review Journal ( MRS E&S ) shed light on the true economic, social and environmental impacts of photovoltaics as compared to those of the fossil fuel supply chain. Olson and Lenzmann, who work at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, compared the economics associated with all the major fuel supply chains, including oil and gas, coal and nuclear.

Next BrightSource US Solar Projects Make More Energy than Fossil-Fuel Plants

Green Prophet

BrightSource Energy has two new mega solar thermal projects in “advanced development&# in California, according to its recent filing with the SEC. The CEC is tracking the progress of all the renewable energy projects that together will add up to 33% of California’s electricity use projected for 2020. BrightSource Energy. Related stories: BrightSource Energy Has Potential to Supply 13% of California’s Electricity.

Denmark to end their reliance on fossil fuels, aims for 100 percent renewable energy in 2050

Green Blog

The new red and green government in Denmark wants to end the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. In a proposal presented to the parliament last week the Danish government laid out their new and bold energy plan. By 2050 Denmark should get 100% of their energy from renewable energy sources. The proposed energy plan would have four central deadlines. According to estimates the energy plan will cost Denmark 5.6

Majority of Americans say we should do whatever it takes to protect the environment

Green Blog

A new survey titled “ Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology &# (pdf) from the Pew Resarch Center shows that public support for the environment and alternative energy sources is strong on both sides of the political scale in America. When it comes to the question about energy priorities for America there is a strong consensus.

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Nissan and Renault EVs: What if Every Appliance We Use Ran on Gasoline?

Green Prophet

This also is true for large offices where all the computers, copy machines, telephones, and other appliances we take for granted as being powered by electricity were powered by fossil fuels instead. The clincher of these, of course is to tell people that since electricity plays such an important part of our lives to run all these appliances, why not use this clean quieter power source to power the cars we drive as well.

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Will 2013 be the year of the carbon tax blog post?

Environmental Economics

The government imposed taxes on most of the fossil fuels used by homes, offices, vehicles and farms, based on each fuel’s carbon dioxide emissions, a move that immediately drove up prices for oil, natural gas and kerosene. Yet when the Irish were faced with new environmental taxes, they quickly shifted to greener fuels and cars and began recycling with fervor.

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Australia's Renewable Energy Journey in Numbers

Celsias

The age of the fossil fuel is dying out, and the time for energy efficiency is rising. Thanks to a combination of the depletion of available fossil fuel resources and a global shift towards cleaner, greener fuels, it won’t be long before coal, oil and natural gas will be taught in school history lessons. The focus instead has now shifted to renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro and geothermal.

Arab loan offers $105 million USD to fund renewables globally

Green Prophet

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development ( likened to USAID and the UK and German’s foreign aid ) announced last week that it will provide renewable energy loans to 8 projects around the world. The projects will go to building resilience, mainly in island communities which will be able to repay the loans after the renewable energy projects go online. The 8 renewable projects in solar, wind and biogas. Cuba will receive an Arab fund loan to develop solar power.

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Costa Rica is now running on 100 percent renewable energy

Green Blog

Costa Rica has been getting all of its electricity from renewable energy sources since the beginning of the year. The country hasn’t had to use any fossil fuels so far in 2015, much thanks to heavy rain that has kept the country’s hydroelectric power plants working at full capacity without any interruptions. Costa Rica has also generated additional electricity from various other renewable energy sources – such as wind, biomass, geothermal and solar energy.

Renewable energy overtakes nuclear and becomes Scotland's top power source

Green Blog

According to newly released statistics from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, renewable energy sources produced 32 percent of Scotland''s electricity in the first half of 2014 – beating both nuclear power, which used to be Scotland''s main source of electricity, and fossil fuels. terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity from renewable energy sources in the first half of 2013.

Calculate your cities? solar power potential

Green Prophet

Rather than have the individual homeowner or business brave it alone a new project out of Israel, masters of solar energy innovation and implementation, helps cities decide if they should go solar. Knowing what cities work best for solar energy can help local planning councils offer tax incentives, attractive feed-in tariffs and market to the public for funds, grants or reimbursements. Alternative energy is a critical aspect in meeting reduction targets.

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Faster Development of Renewable Energy Needed Now

Celsias

The Energy Watch Group has warned of the danger to UK and World energy supplies and calls for a faster development of renewable energy sources. As the UK increasingly depends on imports of oil and gas due to steep declines in domestic production the Energy WatchGroup (EWG) will release the findings of its latest study into global fossil fuel reserves at a press conference to be held in the House of Commons next Monday (March 18th).

Israeli Parliament Plans to be Solar Secure by 2014

Green Prophet

Years after the plan was first suggested, the Israeli Parliament building will finally boast a large rooftop solar array that will give the Knesset a sound measure of energy security by 2014. Despite having some of the best solar irradiation in the world, not to mention several leading solar energy producers, Israel has been relatively slow to take up this clean, renewable energy source.

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Welcome to the world of Solarpunk

Green Prophet

As a result, Israel experienced a 40% reduction in nitrogen dioxide concentrations, a reactive gas emitted by the burning of fuel, during March 2020 compared to prior March emissions. As a result of COVID-19 isolation guidelines, Israel experienced a 40% reduction in nitrogen dioxide concentrations, a reactive gas emitted by the burning of fuel, during March 2020 compared to prior March emissions. . Cities renewable energy Solar Energy Solarpunk

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Renewable Energy Grows by 70 % Every Year

Celsias

While fossil fuels' annual growth is in the low digits, and nuclear's share further shrinks, renewable energy sources see growth rates of up to 70 percent every year. Today, renewables already supply 16 percent of global primary energy consumption, and 20 percent of worldwide electricity. Amongst the most rapidly growing national renewable energy markets in 2010 were China (+ 26 percent), Germany (+ 10.4), and the United States (+ 5).

RenewableUK welcomes Huhne’s pledge to slash energy bills with new green measures

Green (Living) Review

Wind power and other green measures will cut household energy bills by 7% compared to relying on fossil fuels alone Government figures show the current cost to the ordinary household of support for wind power is 18 pence per week RenewableUK has welcomed Government figures showing that as part of a package of green measures, wind power will help slash future consumer bills by nearly £100 compared to largely relying on non-renewable sources.

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BACKWARDS THINKING CHANCELLOR IS FRACKING UP

Green (Living) Review

The ‘dash for gas’ will come at the expense of investment in renewables and energy efficiency and undermine the nation’s climate change commitments. Incentivising gas to play a more extensive role in the nation’s energy strategy could lock the nation into expensive fossil fuels if cheap shale gas fails to yield as hoped. To achieve secure and affordable energy long-term, the nation needs greater investment in renewables.

MidAmerican Energy Proposes $280 Million Wind Project

Wind Power Ninja

Iowa’s Adam’s County will get a new wind farm as MidAmerican Energy Company announced plans today to open a new wind farm and expand a second site in O’Brien County in 2015, investing $280 million in wind turbines. With this proposed expansion, beginning in 2016, MidAmerican Energy’s wind resources are expected to produce an amount of energy equivalent to approximately 50 percent of the retail energy customers are expected to need,” president and CEO Bill Fehrman said.

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The EPA's Clean Power Plan: A Chance to Get it Right for Workers, Communities, and our Climate

Sierra Club Compass

Besides re-establishing the United States as a leader in the drive to reduce the carbon pollution that is disrupting our planet''s climate and threatening civilization itself, the Clean Power Plan will spur the growth of cleaner energy sources and energy efficiency, maintain and create family-sustaining jobs, and ensure America''s infrastructure is prepared for the impacts of climate change. These numbers will only increase as the clean energy economy grows.

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IRENA says: it’s not too late to turn to renewables

Green Prophet

IRENA, the global renewable energy consortia with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi believes that though the clock of climate change is ticking, we still have time to avert global catastrophes. Speeding up the adoption of renewable energy technologies is the most feasible route to reduce carbon emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change, says a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency, also known as IRENA. What energies to we need?

Is Anaerobic Digestion the Future of Renewable Energy?

Green (Living) Review

With renewable energy sources becoming more popular, could anaerobic digestion offer a viable solution to reducing energy costs? As can be seen on most energy comparison sites, the advancements in the renewable or ‘green’ energy technology are not only helping customers reduce their carbon emissions and protect the environment but also save money on their heating and electricity bills.

NASA study confirms society is on the brink of total collapse

Green Prophet

And lest the decision makers – pushy politicians and Wall Street hawks and fossil fuel hounds – should act surprised that their wealth will not always flow, the group cites several examples of other civilizations that have collapsed before us. ” The rich will fall last, according to the study, since they are somewhat insulated from the worst impact, but they will not be immune when Population, Climate, Water, Agriculture, and Energy mismanagement finally collide.

Eco-anxiety affects nearly 70% of all Americans, new survey

Green Prophet

There is about a 10 year lag, but we hope the writing is on the wall and enough people will wake up to the real threats that come from fossil fuels and cheap products made in China. . using renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or purchasing electricity from a renewable energy supplier (78%). As the effects of climate change become more evident, and more awareness to it is felt, more than half of U.S.

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Middle East expands renewable energy to the world

Green Prophet

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) today announced the selection of renewable energy projects in Guyana, Liberia and Togo for funding by ADFD, as part of the sixth cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility. The Facility helps developing countries access low-cost capital for renewable energy projects to increase energy access, improve livelihoods and advance sustainable development.

California Utilities To Attain 33 Percent Of Energy From Renewables By 2020

Eco Friendly Daily

California is setting further energy standards with new legislation recently signed into law by the state’s governor Jerry Brown. California utility companies will now be required to attain thirty-three percent of their energy from renewable energy sources by the year 2020. California utility companies are already producing nearly twenty percent of their energy from renewables, the goal originally set for 2020. Alternative Energy Environment

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Solar project brings affordable energy to Palestinian homes

Green Prophet

We don’t often hear good news coming from Palestine, but solar energy advances for Palestinian households are something to celebrate. The Dead Sea Photovoltaic Generating Plant offers drastically reduced prices for Palestinians struggling to pay their energy bills and its first phase is now open and underway. They do import some electricity from Jordan and Egypt, but it’s done little to reduce their dependence on Israeli energy suppliers.

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How can countries ensure renewable energy technology is developed sufficiently?

Green Prophet

The world’s largest solar energy dish in Sde Boker, Israel. The demand for energy in today’s world is rising, specifically electricity, as there are now around 1.1 Having access to energy is key for human wellbeing, economic development and poverty prevention, and ensuring everyone has access is an ongoing challenge for global advancement. The UK has already made a step forwards in its mission to produce much more renewable energy. Energy

Ways to go GREEN in College

Green Home Blog

Water Conservation: Global fresh water sources are extremely limited. Green energy: Renewable energy sources like small solar panels and wind turbines can be easily installed on college campuses. Miscellaneous guidelines: Car pooling to college can result in saving hundreds of gallons of fossil fuels in addition to sparing the environment from the thousands of tons of CO2 emissions and even help build friendships! Ways to go GREEN in College.

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Energy By the Numbers: What Energy Numbers Say About How To Go Green

Living Green & Saving Energy

Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Energy By the Numbers: What Energy Numbers Say About How To Go Green by greenwise on December 16, 2010 Green living ideas are important in showing people how to conserve energy and turn that conservation into meaningful energy savings. That would be worth about $600 million in annual energy costs.

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Energy By the Numbers: What Energy Numbers Say About How To Go.

Living Green & Saving Energy

Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Energy By the Numbers: What Energy Numbers Say About How To Go Green by greenwise on December 16, 2010 Green living ideas are important in showing people how to conserve energy and turn that conservation into meaningful energy savings. That would be worth about $600 million in annual energy costs.

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Adapting To Global Warming | Living Green and Saving Energy

Living Green & Saving Energy

Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Adapting To Global Warming by greenwise on March 23, 2011 Global warming will occur regardless of what we do to try to stop it. Even as we develop renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, some adaptation to the effects of an almost certainly inevitable warming must take place.

Adapting To Global Warming

Living Green & Saving Energy

Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Adapting To Global Warming by greenwise on March 23, 2011 Global warming will occur regardless of what we do to try to stop it. Even as we develop renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, some adaptation to the effects of an almost certainly inevitable warming must take place.

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Is Nuclear Power a Renewable or Non-Renewable Source of Energy?

Greentumble

They are the top nuclear power producers in the world and they lead the efforts to convince everyone that this technology is clean and renewable [1]. This would enable them to access some of the benefits (like governmental subsidies) allocated to the expansion of renewable energy. The idea stems from the extremely low greenhouse gas emissions released during the process of energy generation. How is nuclear energy produced? Why is nuclear power non-renewable?

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A Big Ball of Climate Confusion?

Sightline Daily

A mixed up relationship with fossil fuel companies. We’re ambivalent about subsidizing fossil fuels. On one hand, nearly 60 percent of us want to end direct federal subsidies, such as tax breaks, for fossil fuel companies. But on the other, less than a third of us think that fossil fuel companies should be responsible for the hidden costs of their products. Gung-ho for renewables—but hang on to fossil fuels!

Renewable Energy Vital For Jordan & Lebanon’s Future

Green Prophet

The European Commission has earmarked €71 million to support renewable energy projects in Jordan whilst a report highlights the importance of solar power for Lebanon’s future. Whilst the Middle East may be known worldwide for its oil, many nations are now starting to look to renewables for a sustainable source of energy. For more on energy issues in Jordan and Lebanon see: Jordan Pushes On With Its Nuclear Plans.

Countries of the Middle East push towards renewable energy

Green (Living) Review

Middle East's push toward renewable energy spurred by rising oil prices By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Do they know something that they are not telling us, many of which are oil producing countries? It is a clean renewable energy upheaval with international implications that could transform the Arab world from North Africa to the Persian Gulf. Rising oil prices and growing energy demands mean depleting reserves.

RenewableUK highlights flaws in anti-wind energy report

Green (Living) Review

RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, has strongly criticised the report "Renewable Energy: Vision or Mirage", published on 12th December by the Adam Smith Institute and Scientific Alliance. The report fails to recognise the hugely significant role that wind energy already plays in generating clean electricity in the UK.

IPCC: Climate efforts not sufficient, huge increase in green energy required to avert climate disaster

Green Blog

To accomplish this, the world needs to urgently switch to clean and renewable energy. Clean energy sources will need to triple and completely dominate world energy by 2050, the IPCC report concludes. Increasing carbon emissions are largely due to an increasing demand for energy and a rising coal use in countries such as China. We need to end the current dominance of coal, oil and gas and replace them with cleaner and more renewable energy sources.

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Feed-in tariffs – save, export, earn money

Green Prophet

If you have been looking for ways to cut down on your energy spending while contributing to salvaging the environment, the government has offered you an opportunity with its Feed-In tariffs (FIT) scheme. The Feed-In Tariffs scheme is administered in countries like the UK by Ofgem as a means of speeding up investments in renewable energy across the UK. Before we see the benefits of the FITs scheme, here is a look at why you should embrace renewable energy.

Energy Sprawl is the Largest Driver of Land Use Change in the U.S.

Nature Conservancy - Science

According to a new paper out today in PLOS ONE , energy sprawl – the development of new land area required for energy production – is, and will likely continue to be, the largest driver of land use change in the United States for the foreseeable future. Most people recognize that air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions are a significant problem associated with energy development. A Different Perspective to Understand How Energy Impacts Biodiversity.

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Wind power continues to beat nuclear energy in China

Green Blog

China has been the world’s largest consumer of energy since 2009 when the country surpassed the US. The majority of the energy which is produced and consumed in China comes from dirty fossil fuels. According to numbers from the International Energy Agency (IEA), about 78 percent of the total electricity generated in China between 2004 and 2010 came from coal. To combat this, China is investing heavily in more sustainable and cleaner energy sources.