Friday, July 29, 2016

Greenland lost 1 trillion tons of ice in just four years

A satellite study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, suggests that the Greenland ice sheet lost a staggering 1 trillion tons of ice between the years 2011 and 2014 alone. Combining the satellite observations with modeling the researchers found that the Greenland ice sheet lost mass at an average rate of about 269 billion tons per year.

Friday, July 22, 2016

What is a wind turbine and how it works

Article, posted on US DOE web portal, describes technical principles and types of wind turbines, variety of their applications and future of wind turbine technology.
Since the turn of the century, total U.S. wind power capacity has increased more than 24-fold. Currently, there’s enough wind power capacity in the U.S. to generate enough electricity to power more than 15 million homes.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Average price for carbon offsets looks like a good deal for companies trying to reduce their climate risk

A new report by Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace “Buying in: Taking Stock of the Role of Carbon Offsets in Corporate Carbon Strategies” found that companies buy carbon offsets to accelerate their deep economic transformation, rather than just to create a good environmental reputation.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Solar power to expand sixth fold by 2030 and to become cheapest energy resource

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency's report solar plants utilizing photovoltaic technology could account for 8% to 13% of global electricity produced in 2030, compared with 1.2 % at the end of last year. The average cost of electricity generated from solar panels is expected to drop as much as 59% by 2025.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Scarcer water creates new challenges for energy

Water scarcity challenges industries around the world. The report Water-Energy Nexus: Business Risks and Rewards looks at three regions where industries that face risks related to water and energy supply are finding emerging solutions to address their reliance on scarce resources - the Middle East and North Africa, China and the United States.

Friday, July 1, 2016

IEA: around 6.5 million people die globally each year due to poor air quality

Georgia, Bulgaria, China, India, and Russia are among the countries with the highest mortality rates caused by air pollution, while Brazil, Denmark, Norway, United States and United Arab Emirates are among countries with the lowest rates. Air pollution is the world's fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking.