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Discussions Discussion Climate Progress
Caroline P. (USA), Oct. 20, 2013

Before I started with this project,was very blindsided to the problems of climate change. I thought things that many Americans thought like, “This temperature change has happened before” or “If it’s really that bad, people would do something about it”. But after reading all of the statistics and learning about how all of this excess CO2 is affecting the world, I realized that people are willing to turn the other cheek because they really just don’t want to give up the luxury they have. They choose to be ignorant. This is why I really love this video, because it debunks all of the typical excuses you hear from people who don’t ‘believe’ in global warming and I think that it is worth watching.

Caroline P. (USA)
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  • Jessica Wendt Jessica Wendt Oct. 22, 2013
    I completely agree with you, I was also completely blindsided by the problems of global warming. I knew what global warming was and I had heard briefly on the news sometimes of how global warming is increasing, but it really never hit me, on how bad it was actually affecting life, until I started the carbon footprint challenge. After doing some research and seeing the things people should give up to decrease global warming, I understand why some people might not want to do it, but I think it's really important that we give up somethings because, it's better to give up things we don't really need and decrease the carbon dioxide emissions, rather then helping it. I also really like this video because it really shows how blindsided people really are and how people don't want to emit that global warming is a real thing, that is affecting us, and also the excuses people make to discard the fact global warming is real.
  • angelo westmacott angelo westmacott Oct. 24, 2013
    This is true people do take advantage of all of the things that we have and over use them way to much.by limiting this we can help the world a lot and leave it better then we found it. By limiting how much co2 we put out we could really help out the world and make it better for everyone to live in. one this that we over use to much is cars and burning the gas which is horrible for the environment and by limiting that it would really help out the world. there are many small changes that we can do to the world and this is a good way to start.
  • Bianca Allen Bianca Allen Oct. 24, 2013
    Hello, I'm Bianca and I'm from California.

    That video made me laugh very much, it was a joy to watch especially for me whose a fan of Hank Green.

    Anyway, moving back to the subject. Global warming is alive and real and frightening. I understand where that blindsided feeling came from because I experienced it when I realised that we could be under water in the next few decades if we don't make a change.

    The climate changes happening are so drastic at times I honestly don't know where to look to see what's going to happen next.

    The amount of carbon humans produce saddens me because we produce it just by breathing. But what saddens me even more is the unwillingness of human to actually accept that this problem isn't a tiny one that people are making up. It's big and real and increasing as the days go by, That's why when I see campaigns for cleaning up beaches and things along that line, my heart soars and I feel there is slight hope.

    So I agree with Hank. Let's all accept that there's a problem on our hands and do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint and make this world a little healthier.

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Discussions Discussion Climate Progress
Caroline P. (USA), Oct. 20, 2013

Hi everyone my name is Caroline and I’m from Texas. I recently found out that my carbon footprint is well below the average of Texas, but incredibly high compared to the world. My home carbon footprint was the highest, which i think is due to the fact that lights are constantly on in my home, and my family likes to take long showers. It’s also very hot in Texas, especially in the summer, which means we have to use the air conditioner a lot in my house. I think that my family can reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the length of our showers, turning off the lights more often, or getting more energy efficient bulbs. I also think that by turning down the air conditioning in the summer and winter by a couple degrees can reduce my footprint.

Caroline P. (USA)

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Discussions Discussion Climate Progress
Alex M-USA, Oct. 11, 2013


In an article by the Scientific American, the responsibility for progress in the area of climate change is put on cities. Super Storm Sandy showed America and the world that we need to be able to adapt to change.

Over half of the world’s population live cities and therefore, these areas need to be more energy efficient in order to fight climate change. Because the majority of people live in cities, the level of green house gas emission coming from these concentrated regions is notably high. Energy efficiency now is so important because “we will spend more and build more in the next century than we have in all of human history before this.” The substantial amount of cars and building located in cities wastes large amounts of energy, which calls more efficient means. More and more cities should be implementing solar panels and green roofs for buildings. In the long run, these improvements can save the city money. Also, building efficient railways would cut the demand for cars thus lowering greenhouse gas emission.

More energy efficient cities are the gateway to a greener future where greenhouse gas emission is limited.

Alex M-USA

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Discussions Discussion Climate Change Resources
Pam Miller, March 5, 2013

Stanford scientists have learned how to calculate the carbon footprint of grid-scale battery technologies. Stanford researcher Sally Bensen talked about renewable energy sources and said, “As the percentage of electricity from these sources increases, grid operators will need energy storage to help balance supply with demand. To our knowledge, this study is the first to actually quantify the energetic costs of grid-scale storage over time.”

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Discussions Discussion alternative energy
Elena S-usa, Nov. 15, 2012

While looking at articles about reducing carbon footprint I came across this interesting phone. Nokia made a phone that runs entirely on cola. This phone is rather impractical due to the fact that it can’t text, email, etc. This makes it very difficult to be used as a social or business tool. However, I think that if we continue on this path of environmentally friendly software perhaps one day we will have a fully functional phone that runs entirely on green energy. Although this exact model of phone is not very useful I think it is a sign of what we could accomplish if we work to help our planet. I’ve attached the link for the article below, so let me know what you think

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Discussions Discussion Climate Progress
Alex A, Nov. 13, 2012

Hello I am Alex. I think it is strange how there was a massive drought this summer in the mid-United States. This hasn’t occurred for many years, and I believe it is definitely a sign that our climate is changing, wether it’s from Carbon Dioxide emissions, or from global pollution. We’ll have to wait and see if the drought worsens in the next few years, and if it does, we will have to take steps in order to preserve the climate of that region and to maintain the numerous crops that we depend on in order to survive.

Alex A
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  • Cisandra Yent Cisandra Yent May 6, 2013
    I totally agree with you, and your opinion about taking steps to preserve the climate. But what kind of steps could we take in order to preserve the climate and how would we get everyone invlolved?
  • Mai VB Mai VB May 13, 2013
    I agree with you, this as a result of climate change. But it is also a result of our actions, we should not wait until another drought happens, we have to take action now. Is better to start acting now instead of regretting it. We should think of our future but also about our children or grandsons.

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Discussions Discussion Climate Progress
Jill Davies, April 5, 2012

6 Things You Should Know About The Value Of Renewable Energy:

1. Clean energy is competitive with other types of energy
2. Clean energy creates three times more jobs than fossil fuels
3. Clean energy improves grid reliability
4. Clean energy investment has surpassed investments in fossil fuels
5. Investments in clean energy are cost effective
6. Fossil fuels have gotten 75 times more subsidies than clean energy

Supporting details here…


Jill Davies

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Discussions Discussion Energy Self Reliant States
Joseph Curtis, April 4, 2012

Solar Policy Can Advance (Or Delay) Grid Parity By A Decade

In their excellent interactive graphic, Bloomberg Energy Finance calls solar grid parity (when electricity from solar costs less than grid power) the “golden goal.” It’s an excellent illustration of how the right energy policy can help a nation go gold on solar or wallow in metallurgical obscurity. In the case of the U.S., it may mean delaying grid parity by eight years.

Joseph Curtis

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Discussions Discussion Building The “Perfect” Business Model
Jessie Rhodes, Jan. 25, 2012

The new (green) economy, according to Jeremy Rifkin:

How’s this for a disruptive model. Economist Jeremy Rifkin says in the future power will be green, cheap and distributed peer-to-peer. Imagine the internet, only for energy.

Here’s Rifkin’s vision: The Facebook generation seizes the initiative, tearing up conventional thinking about where energy comes from and how it’s delivered. They apply all their nous in sharing information and building seamless networks to create a new, resilient energy economy in its place, powered entirely by renewables – solar, wind, water and tidal, biomass and more besides. This will be nothing short of a new industrial revolution, says Rifkin, and its impacts will be as dramatic and sweeping as any that have gone before.


Great economic revolutions happen”, he says, “when new energy regimes emerge that facilitate more complex civilisations and more energy flow. In turn, they require communication revolutions to manage them. And when communication and energy revolutions come together, historically, they change the economic footprint.”

Jeremy Rifkin, maverick economist and adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a clutch of EU leaders.

Jessie Rhodes
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  • Bedford Wells Bedford Wells Jan. 25, 2012
    The impact of what Jeremy Rifkin is discussing here is mind boggling, to me. Why haven't I ever heard of this guy? And shouldn't his video on youtube have more than a mere 6400 views? Thanks for posting this!
  • fluffyhead123 scott fluffyhead123 scott May 22, 2013
    i cosign!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
JP Lopez, Jan. 19, 2012

Wind power creates public health benefits

While I do believe that wind turbine energy’s renewable and clean nature creates great health benefits, I think that the author of this OPED needs to consider the risks for people who live near wind turbine farms.


In my opinion, wind turbine farms should not be developed anywhere near residential property since the potential health risks have not yet been completely analyzed. People are referring this issue as Wind Turbine Syndrome.

JP Lopez

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