TAG: Fossil fuels

Harnessing Waste to Generate Renewables

sewer_drainage

Despite the widespread notion that we have inadequate means to support our energy consumption, the US actually has enough from wind, solar, and tidal & wave to produce a total of approximately 6,987 terawatts of power per year. That’s far beyond the 3.9 terawatts the country currently uses. However, much of this prospective energy goes unharvested. Still, we are coming closer to attaining free energy, and the move to renewable energy has opened up a lot of room for experimentation and discovery. Beyond utilizing sources that harbor seemingly infinite promise, we are finding ways to deplete existing waste by converting… read more

Mobilize The Young

Mobilize The Young

In an effort to mobilize the younger generation toward reducing carbon emissions and decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, the organization 350.org has launched a campaign aimed at persuading colleges and universities to divest their assets away from fossil fuel companies. The campaign is student-led, and coordinated by 350.org, a climate advocacy organization founded by author and activist Bill McKibben. Instead of utilizing fiscal or environmental arguments to persuade people and companies to move away from fossil fuel consumption, the organization’s goal is to turn global warming action into the moral issue of this generation. The campaign gathers its own data—which… read more

Space Tube Transportation of the Future

Space Tube Transportation of the Future

The human need to propel with man-made forms of travel can be found throughout history. Transportation is a necessity for daily schedules but things like emissions, particulate matter and carbon monoxide are obviously not so good for the environment. Daryl Oster wants to fix this issue with his version of space inspired mobility called Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies, or ET3™. It doesn’t rely on fossil fuels, can be a cost effective mode of transport and won’t even cause noise pollution. Oh, and if you need to cut down your commute or business travel time, it can also go faster than… read more

Climate Change is on the Agenda

Climate Change Discussions

Climate change issues are definitely on the agenda, both the personal and political. The U.S. Government Accountability Office who studies payments made by congress has even recently included in a report that climate change is a concrete risk. The report asserted that increasing extreme weather events carry high threats to our entire ecological infrastructure, affecting the environment as well as posing a financial hazard to the federal government. The United States Global Change Research Program detects that severe weather is on the increase and will have lasting effects, such as those from rising sea levels caused by climate change. Additionally,… read more

Irresponsibility Punished

Gulf of Mexico oil spill

BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal fine in U.S. history—$4.5 billion—to resolve all criminal charges arising from the fatal oil rig explosion and subsequent catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said that it had agreed to pay $4 billion to the U.S. government over five years, and $525 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the next three years. However, the settlement does not resolve all of the claims against BP for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and the company could face billions in restoration costs to the waters, coastline, and… read more

Brewing Energy Crisis

Fossil fuel depletion

There used to be a time when a home was considered luxurious when it was loaded with all the automated gadgets, was draped by the plush synthetics, and was lit well with mood sensor lighting. Well, times have not changed much. Even today, these are considered as the essence of a modern home. But what has changed with time is the need to reduce our dependence on artificial power and materials and rather to stick more and more with what nature is offering us freely. In the modern era, energy and power are our main drivers. They are synonymously used… read more

The Future Of Coal

Future Of Coal

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), coal demand is growing everywhere but the United States. Coal demand in the United States grew 4.3% (304 million tons (mt)), compared to Chinese demand growth of 233 mt. The amount is misleading though, because despite the demand growth, it is less than the growth in previous years. Unfortunately, from an environmental advocacy perspective, the decrease in coal usage is a result of the increase of shale gas production and usage, specifically in the United States. Additionally, a decrease in domestic usage of coal will have negative impacts on employment in the coal… read more

Support from the Masses

Solar energy support

A recent poll conducted by Ipsos-Reid shows nine out of ten respondents favor solar energy as part of a U.S. energy policy and a bigger part of the energy supply. Additionally, 81% believe solar power should be used in state and federal residencies, such as governor’s houses and the White House, and 80% want their elected representatives to support solar energy. Further, 81% of respondents said decreasing dependency on fossil fuels is good for the economy and environment, and 80% said financial benefits are the biggest advantages to solar power. Finally, 72% believe solar industry jobs are better than their… read more

Mercury Rising

Earth's rising temperatures

One major crisis phenomenon that keeps haunting the geologists is the constantly rising temperature. Alone in the past 50 years, the average earth’s temperature has risen by over 0.8 degrees. As per data analyzed by NASA scientists, 2011 was the ninth warmest year in 132 years of recordkeeping. The direct effect of the same can be seen in the rising sea levels that further lead to more absorption of the sun’s heat. The resultant of this rising heat is the never ending vicious circle. The rising temperature accelerates the rate of melting of the polar ice caps. This leads to… read more

Solar Powered Boat

Solar powered boat

Boats have been driven by various fuel sources ever since they were first used for navigation. First came the hand rowed boat which required tedious human physical work to move from one place to another. Then came the electric boat that was commonly used along the coasts of England, which was then replaced by the fossil fuel powered boats which form the majority of the boats today. But due to the need and constant efforts to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, many initiatives are taken every day and this gave impetus for Dan Baker of British Columbia to design… read more