Tag: coal

Jevons Paradox: When Doing More with Less Isn’t Enough

Written by | September 1st, 2011

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Energy efficiency leads to lower energy prices—but will that mean more energy consumption? One in-vogue theory says yes, but Conservancy scientist Rob McDonald says it’s not so hot.

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, August 31

Written by | August 31st, 2011

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Today’s green news round-up holds the secret to a long, healthy life.

  1. A new seabird was discovered in Hawaii…and it’s a 40-year-old stuffed specimen. (Mongabay)
  2. Coal shortages are speeding up China’s move toward clean energy. (CleanTechnica)
  3. A new study says deforestation rates are higher in protected forests. (YaleE360)
  4. Attention Labor Day travelers: Hurricane Irene might’ve shut down your favorite outdoor recreation spot. (Christian Science Monitor)
  5. The world’s oldest person (nearly 121! wow!) credits her longevity to her healthy, all-natural Amazon Rainforest lifestyle. (Treehugger)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, May 31

Written by | May 31st, 2011

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Today’s green news is rather gloomy, but a rainbow is waiting for you at the end:

  1. Coal is literally killing China–lung cancer is now the #1 cause of death there. (Treehugger)
  2. Scientists can see the world’s groundwater depletion from space. (The New York Times)
  3. In the Brazilian Amazon, 3 activists were assassinated in the past week–and murders due to land disputes continue to grow. (Mongabay)
  4. As the economy starts to recover, greenhouse gas emissions are rising again. (BBC)
  5. A leech with gigantic teeth, a raspy cricket and a duiker are among the top 10 most notable species discovered in 2010. (Conservation Journal Watch)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, April 13

Written by | April 13th, 2011

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Squids, octopuses and…robot farmers? Oh my!

  1. Squids and octopuses (octopi?) could suffer life-threatening injuries from ocean noise pollution. (Scientific American)
  2. We all know flying’s not exactly green, but this new airport terminal attempts to green up the wait. (Green)
  3. A new study finds that the process of fracking is worse than coal over a 20-year period (but it’s about equal over a century). (Mongabay)
  4. Robot farmers might be feeding us in the future. (Discovery News)
  5. The US could collect a million megawatt hours of electricity annually by adding hydropower capacity at 70 of its existing dams and other water control structures, says a new report. (EcoGeek)

Eight Myths and Challenges of Renewable Energy

Written by | March 21st, 2011

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Nature Conservancy lead scientist Joe Kiesecker takes a hard look at what it really means to produce green energy.

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, August 25

Written by | August 25th, 2010

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Hey! It’s Cool Green Morning time:

  1. The next wave of oil spill clean-up technology: robots. (Green)
  2. Edible green curtains are showing up on one company’s buildings, and also on plates in corporate cafeterias. (GreenBiz)
  3. A new survey shows that in 2009, Americans used more wind and solar power– and less coal and gas. (YaleE360)
  4. Climate change denial seems to be spreading among one particular political party. (CleanTechnica)
  5. As of last week, there is no such thing as a free plastic bag in Mexico. (Treehugger)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, May 4

Written by | May 4th, 2010

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Heard any good news lately? In addition to the latest on the Gulf oil spill, which is still very bad news, we’re bringing you some positive stories on a growing green economy (weeee!) and new developments in recycling (yay!):

  1. A bummer for non-coastal U. S. songbirds: the side effects of the oil spill might mess up their migrations. (Mongabay)
  2. A new study claims that the U.S. could completely get rid of coal emissions in 20 years, using only current technologies and/or stuff that will be ready to go within a decade. (EcoGeek)
  3. Will the oil spill spur changes in public opinion– and policy– toward climate and clean energy? (CleanTechnica)
  4. A new report shows that the green economy is growing, but slowly. (Green)
  5. Pepsi rolls out a sort-of reverse vending machine that recycles cans and bottles and gives out prizes. (GreenBiz)

What’s the Role of Science for Advocacy?

Written by | November 5th, 2009

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As the “energy sprawl” idea has been discussed and debated in the media, I (one of the paper’s co-authors) have  grown a thick skin against criticism. Perhaps the harshest piece of invective, however, still bothers me: the criticism by Matt Wasson in the Huffington Post. The factual criticisms Matt makes aren’t that troublesome to me, […]

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, October 1

Written by | October 1st, 2009

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It’s the first of the month, time for a fresh start — like iPhone apps that track climate change, a replacement for coal and dam removal on the Klamath (did you ever think you’d see the day?!). Of course, there’s also disappearing species (the Chinese paddlefish)… well, 4 out of 5 ain’t bad. Read on for today’s […]

Five Things I Learned About ACES in Five Minutes on Twitter

Written by | July 16th, 2009

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Seriously, this is going to be a regular thing. Why? Because we love twitter. Think ACES is going to be the end of coal as we know it? Think again. SolveClimate reports that 43 old fashioned coal-fired power plants that are either already under construction or into the permitting process will come online without the […]

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