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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.