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November 21, 2014

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9:08 PM | EPA Clean Power Plan Explained!
What to give thanks for this year….my wife, the Milwaukee Bucks, doughnuts…or how about the leaders of two world superpowers coming together and agreeing on new carbon emission reduction standards for 2030!  Oh, and when I say superpower, I mean … Continue reading →

Fowlie, M., Goulder, L., Kotchen, M., Borenstein, S., Bushnell, J., Davis, L., Greenstone, M., Kolstad, C., Knittel, C., Stavins, R. & Wara, M. (2014). An economic perspective on the EPA's Clean Power Plan, Science, 346 (6211) 815-816. DOI: 10.1126/science.1261349

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November 19, 2014

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3:53 PM | Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says Fast-Growing Nations Have Role in Curbing Warming
The prime minister of gas-rich Malaysia sees a climate-friendly path ahead.
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3:00 PM | Harvesting heat to create electricity: A new world record
Approximately 90% of world’s electricity is generated in turbines moved by hot steam, which, unfortunately, operate only at 30 to 40 percent efficiency. This […] Read more The post Harvesting heat to create electricity: A new world record appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Materials for caging the Sun on Earth Nanohazards Melodies of proteins

November 16, 2014

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12:45 AM | 5 Ways to Prepare for a Difficult Conversation
Difficult conversations are hard. They create the potential for conflict and conflict can be tough to confront. A little while ago, I knew I had to have a difficult conversation with an old friend. I needed to obtain a sense of closure and clarity from what was rocky emotional terrain.Needless to say, I took my […]

November 14, 2014

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3:16 PM | Has Support For Fracking Really Decreased? Maybe Not.
According to a new poll out by Pew of 1,353 Americans, support for the increased use of fracking has declined over the past year with 41% of Americans in favor of the practice and 47% opposed. But... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:09 PM | How Hydropower Dams Work
Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.
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3:09 PM | How Hydropower Dams Work
Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.
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3:09 PM | How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive Explainer]
Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.
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3:09 PM | How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive Explainer]
Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.
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3:08 PM | How Does Electricity get to Your Home?
How does electricity move from a power plant to your home, school or nearby shopping center? Find out in this interactive graphic.
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3:08 PM | How Does Electricity get to Your Home?
How does electricity move from a power plant to your home, school or nearby shopping center? Find out in this interactive graphic.
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3:07 PM | What is the Difference Between Power and Energy?
Although we often use the words “energy” and “power” synonymously, they are not the same. View this interactive to discover what sets energy and power apart.
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3:07 PM | What is the Difference Between Power and Energy?
Although we often use the words “energy” and “power” synonymously, they are not the same. View this interactive to discover what sets energy and power apart.
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3:06 PM | How Nuclear Reactors Work
Do you know how nuclear energy is created? Learn about the steps involved in generating electricity from uranium atoms in this interactive graphic.
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3:06 PM | How Nuclear Reactors Work
Do you know how nuclear energy is created? Learn about the steps involved in generating electricity from uranium atoms in this interactive graphic.
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3:04 PM | Energy and Electricity: From Source to Use
Energy can’t be transferred with 100 percent efficiency. This infographic explains how we “lose” energy as it moves from the source—coal—to becoming electricity in our homes.
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3:03 PM | How Solar Power Works
How is energy from the sun collected and used to generate electricity? Find out in this infographic.
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3:03 PM | How Solar Power Works
How is energy from the sun collected and used to generate electricity? Find out in this infographic.
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3:01 PM | How is Waste Converted Into Energy?
Electricity can even be generated from our garbage. See how a waste-to-energy facility works with this interactive graphic.
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3:00 PM | How is Energy Measured?
Explore units of energy--from the calorie to the joule—with this infographic.
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3:00 PM | How is Energy Measured?
Explore units of energy--from the calorie to the joule—with this infographic.

November 13, 2014

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10:10 PM | U.S., China Reach Climate Deal
Two nations that account for more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions reached a climate deal. The United States will accelerate the pace of its net greenhouse gas emissions reductions from 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 to 26–28 percent by 2025. China will increase the non-fossil fuel share of all its energy…
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2:45 AM | U.S. and China Greenhouse Gas Deal: Landmark Move or More Hot Air?
President Obama sets ambitious goals for greenhouse gas reductions, but the deal faces political battles here and overseas.

November 12, 2014

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3:56 AM | In Joint Steps on Emissions, China and U.S. Set Aside ‘You First’ Approach on Global Warming
China and the United States pledge simultaneous steps to curb emissions of greenhouse gases.
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12:46 AM | Organic solar cells are heating up!
Imagine you want to buy a new car, so you travel out to the closest dealer to see what they offer.  When you arrive, you notice that, strangely, all the cars in the lot look exactly the same.  The car salesman approaches … Continue reading →

Liu Y., Zhao J., Li Z., Mu C., Ma W., Hu H., Jiang K., Lin H., Ade H. & Yan H. & (2014). Aggregation and morphology control enables multiple cases of high-efficiency polymer solar cells., Nature communications, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25382026

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November 11, 2014

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9:01 PM | Build a solar power plant to help run a water treatment plant!
RMU Announces Solar Plant Completion Rochelle Municipal Utilities, in Rochelle, Illinois, has. started operation of a large Photovoltaic Solar Plant providing power to their water treatment facility. This is a great example of a project that should be done in more places. In the Spring of 2014, RMU was awarded a $500,000 grant from the…
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6:45 PM | How Green Is Green Energy?
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s keynote presentation during the 2014 Energy Thought Summit in Austin. Wozniak mostly spoke about his experience... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

November 10, 2014

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9:43 PM | Peru has massive opportunity to avoid emissions from deforestation
Nearly a billion tons of carbon in Peru's rainforests is at risk from logging, infrastructure projects, and oil and gas extraction, yet opportunities remain to conserve massive amounts of forest in indigenous territories, parks, and unprotected areas, finds a study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

November 07, 2014

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7:04 PM | Our variable star (part 3): Solar irradiance back in time
For the recent changes since the industrial revolution and the onset of anthropogenic climate change, daily reconstructions of solar irradiance — changes in the energy we receive from the Sun — require the use of the number of sunspots [6]. Our best estimate of the change in solar irradiance over the last 400 years, based […]Author informationMaria Dasi EspuigResearch Associate at Imperial College LondonI am a PostDoc in the Physics Department at Imperial College London. I […]

November 06, 2014

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3:57 PM | Under the Desert Sun: Journey through the California Desert
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by Krista Schlyer, Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers. I wake this morning to the smell of…
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