Earth: Past the Tipping Point Thanks to Human Activities?

July 14th, 2013 |

It is no secret that the world is experiencing a state of global warming. Unfortunately, the human race is the primary cause of the earth’s current condition. Here are the main ways that we are helping to destroy the earth.

Transportation
Choosing to travel by plane, train, ship, or car will surely contribute to your carbon footprint on the planet. We use gasoline-powered engines so much that we fail to acknowledge their devastating consequences. Although electric cars are generally considered eco-friendly, they still Read More »

Deregulation Gives Electricity Consumers More Green Energy Options

July 3rd, 2013 |

As environmental issues like global warming attract more attention from the public, more consumers are deciding that green energy may be right for them. There’s no question that our society is heavily dependent on electricity for our most basic needs, but more people are beginning to question whether or not we have to negatively impact the environment to fulfill our energy requirements.

For consumers looking to satisfy their energy needs with greener power there’s good news. Deregulation in the industry is opening up new opportunities for energy customers, and giving them more control over the energy that they consume. Websites like www.texasenergycompanies.net provide resources for consumers who want to explore green energy options in the state of Texas.

Texas, with its vast, wide open spaces, is uniquely suited to offer a number of green energy options such as solar and wind generated electricity, which deregulation will make available to consumers.

Deregulation separates the energy producers from the distributors, allowing consumers to choose the company that produces the electricity that is delivered to their home. Green energy producers are likely to be attractive to many consumers who have concerns regarding the environment.

Green energy technology is constantly evolving as researchers and entrepreneurs develop more effective and efficient methods to generate energy from unique sources like geothermal technologies, and the use of bio-fuels instead of fossil fuels like coal.

As government regulators put more pressure on energy producers to eliminate coal-burning power plants and other generation methods that are not considered environmentally friendly, more opportunity is created for producers of green energy.

Wind farms and large-scale solar arrays are being constructed around the country, and are expected to supply a greater share of the nation’s energy. Currently, about 37 percent of the nation’s electricity is produced by coal burning power plants, while another 30 percent is produced with natural gas. Nuclear energy accounts for about 19 percent of the total, and hydropower contributes about 7 percent. Green or renewable energy sources make up about 5 percent of the current total.

These figures are destined to change in the future. Fossil fuels are a finite resource that will eventually run out. Whether that takes 50 years or 500 years, there is no doubt that it will happen.

Renewable energy will solve the problem of fossil fuel depletion, although there is much work to be done improving and deploying these new technologies before we will be able to rely on them for the majority of our energy needs.

India is Posed to Adopt Binding Emission Reduction Target

April 29th, 2013 |

India is the second most populous country in the world. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, India ranks third in the world behind the United States and China.

For the past several years, environmentalists have tried to get the largest producers of greenhouse gas emissions to adopt binding emission targets. Usually, these efforts have met with little success. Nations will not commit to targets citing the potential for harm to their economies.

In the last few weeks, India appears to Read More »

New Education Standards Spotlight Climate Change in United States

April 25th, 2013 |

Educational facilities all over the country focus on climate change and its effects within the United States. Wind and solar energy have recently been in the news because the installation costs have significantly dropped. That’s because more contractors are available to install solar and wind power systems. This drives the costs of installation down. Solar panels are installed on top of roofs in order to soak up the most sun rays.

These systems can generate a large amount of electrical power. You can even sell back any extra power to your local Read More »

Extreme Hurricane Storm Surges Becoming More Frequent

April 23rd, 2013 |

As global temperatures increase, hurricanes are becoming more frequent and have a greater likelihood of being accompanied by extreme storm surges. These storm surges occur when water accompanying a hurricane combines with the tide, flooding caused by rain and other freshwater sources, and wave run-up, and causes a wall of water to wash ashore. Storm surges are typically the most dangerous part of a hurricane, killing more people than damage caused by wind or heavy rainfall alone.

Climate scientists predict that in the next several decades extreme storm surges will be as much Read More »

Longer Summer Melt Seasons Hit the Antarctic Peninsula

April 19th, 2013 |

The latest research shows that the summer melt season on the Antarctic Peninsula has been steadily increasing over the last sixty years. The peninsula is a mountainous region that extends North toward South America. The cause of warming is an increase in the strength of westerly winds which in turn drive warm sea air up over the peninsula.

The danger is that warming of the peninsula may cause increased break-up in the surrounding ice shelf. Meltwater increases the size of cracks in the ice which Read More »

Climate Change Doubles Area Burned in Wildfires

April 17th, 2013 |

Despite mounting evidence, many people refuse to believe that the greenhouse effect is real and has serious consequences. Statistics, however, show that climate is in flux worldwide. Environmental pundits are not mere alarmists; they convey scientific fact, not propaganda.

A recent report from the United States Forest Service concludes that many disruptions to regional ecosystems and meteorological patterns are the direct result of climate change. Changes that seem minor, such as a slight rise in average temperature, Read More »