Friday, September 30, 2016

Taking a bus for commute is 30 times safer than driving a car!

This finding comes from a new study by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Travel by public transportation is far safer than car travel. Intercity and commuter passengers have about one-20th, urban rail and bus passengers about one-30th, per billion passenger-miles as car travel. Public transit-oriented communities have less than a fifth the total (pedestrian, cyclist, automobile and transit passenger) per capita traffic fatality rates as in automobile-dependent communities.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Extreme weather disasters, induced by global warming, cost U.S. $67 Billion

Between 2005 and 2015, the presidents of the U.S. issued 832 separate emergency or disaster declarations for which Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided either public assistance—defined as funding for state, tribal, and local governments—or individual assistance in the form of grants typically made to homeowners and renters whose home damage was not covered by homeowners insurance.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The launch of the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm in Scotland

The initial phase of MeyGen tidal wave project was launched in Scotland in September. Four tidal wave turbines will be installed underwater simultaneously. The turbine is about 15 metres tall (49ft), with 16 metres blades diameter, and weighing in at almost 200 tonnes, each will produce 1.5 megawatts electricity.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Ukraine is going to transform Chernobyl nuclear wasteland into huge solar power farm

According to the Ukrainian government, the contaminated nuclear wasteland around Chernobyl could be turned into one of the world’s largest solar farms, producing nearly a third of the electricity that the exploded plant generated at its height 30 years ago. 6,000 hectares of “idle” land in Chernobyl’s 1,000 square mile exclusion zone, which is considered too dangerous for people to live in or farm, could be turned to solar, bio-gas and heat and power generation.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Motorised wheel can turn regular bicycle into electric bike

With EVELO's Omni Wheel, virtually any bike becomes an electric bike within 30 minutes, that gives you a boost of power when you need it. You can ride with the speed up to 17 miles per hour. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Ancient civilizations that were destroyed by climate change

This isn't the first time climate change has threatened civilisation. Many scientists speculate that devastating environmental changes caused by climate change are largely to blame for disappearance some famous past civilisations. The decline in Ancestral Puebloans, who suddenly abandoned their distinctive homes in the Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon villages, located on Colorado Plateau, "coincided with a prolonged drought in the San Juan Basin between 1130 and 1180. Lack of rainfall combined with an overtaxed environment may have led to food shortages". 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Globally, solar power has doubled seven times since 2000

Solar power has grown 100-fold in the U.S. in the past decade and it cost come down by a factor of 150 since 1975. The price drop and the sales volume increase are directly linked - over the past four decades, for every doubling in scale of the solar industry, the price of solar modules has dropped roughly 26 percent.