Harnessing the sun fuels Earth’s best hope

11 11 2009


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The world needs a solar revolution to enter the era of energy sustainability and avert the floods, droughts and crop losses expected to result from global warming, according to one scientist.

But politics, economics and technical hurdles ensure the world will run on fossil fuels for the near future.
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How much is 1.4 Earths?

3 11 2009

National Geographic recently announced in its State of the Earth 2010 Collector’s Edition that the 6.8 billion people on the planet are using up “1.4 Earths’ worth of resources per year.”

The number has changed since then – only 1.3 Earths now, according to the Global Footprint Network, the environmental data center where National Geographic got its statistics. The figure would appear frightening if it did not also appear physically impossible. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. and China Alternative Energy Breakdown

27 10 2009

With global warming leaving us within a couple degrees of a global crisis, world leaders are looking to cleaner, renewable energy resources to save the planet. And, as the world’s two largest carbon dioxide emitters, the U.S. and China will be sharing the spotlight. Here are five energy options both countries have on the table: how they operate, their ups and downs, and how well the two giant energy economies are tapping into them.

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Barack Obama on Climate Change

27 10 2009

U.N. leaders gathered in New York last September for the 2009 Summit on Climate Change to grapple with global warming before the conference in Copenhagen this December. During Climate Week, political figures from all over the world joined business leaders to spell out their goals for dealing with the problem. Here’s what President Barack Obama had to say.

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Hu Jintao on Climate Change

27 10 2009

In September, the United Nations met at the 2009 Summit on Climate Change in New York to address the looming environmental crisis. On September 22, world leaders talked about the problems facing the planet and what they’re going to do about it. Here’s what Chinese President Hu Jintao had to say.

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