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November 28, 2014

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2:05 PM | A Conundrum Haunts Climate Debate
This tweet caught my eye: Prof Joachim Schellnhuber, at @PIK_climate: “Stabilizing the climate and combating poverty is largely the same thing” #COP20Lima — Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington) November 28, 2014 A greater elaboration on this statement by Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, can be read here. It starts out this […]The post A Conundrum Haunts Climate Debate appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.

November 26, 2014

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10:30 PM | The Largest Solar Plant In The World Is Now Operational
Called Topaz, it's located in San Luis Obispo County, California. The plant recently completed its final 40-megawatt phase, making it the first 500-plus megawatt solar farm to come online in the United States — and the largest online plant in the world. Read more...
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5:57 PM | Is The Micropower Revolution Here?
Roof-top solar panels are just one part of the micropower revolution. Presidency Maldives, CC BY-NCBy Morgan Saletta, University of MelbourneThere is no shortage of shouting and dire warnings about the state of the climate and our need to phase out fossil fuels. But there is a more silent revolution happening too — in micropower. read more
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1:20 AM | Stalled Clean Power Alternative to PG&E Looms Large in New S.F. Electricity Law
A city-run alternative to PG&E could rake in millions for San Francisco but faces opposition from the business sector.

November 25, 2014

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5:13 PM | How To Make Extra-Efficient Solar Panels Using Old Blu-Ray Discs
You probably don't think of them that way, but Blu-ray discs have a gorgeous color. In fact, the same physics that gives butterfly wings and housefly eyes their iridescent…
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9:17 AM | Climate change is an obvious myth – how much more evidence do you need? | Dean Burnett
Many people just refuse to accept the facts that surround them, even if we saw 100 more years of it plain and apparentClimate change is a myth. We all know this, deep down. Some of you reading this may have been taken in by the fear-mongering governments or corrupt scientists so have been brainwashed into thinking climate change is a real thing that “threatens all of humanity” or some other nonsense, but it’s just that: nonsense. When you look closely at it, the so-called […]

November 24, 2014

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5:02 PM | Guest Post: reducing paper waste in university settings
Today’s post comes from Nikunj Sharma, a 4th year student at Amity University in India.  He is working on biodiesel from microalgae and is also interested in energy economics and sustainable development.  His post highlights issues of paper waste with some … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | California Utilities and Solar Companies Battle Over Electricity Prices
Solar companies in California have long been able to tell homeowners they can save a lot of money on power bills by going solar. Now PG&E is proposing a rate change the company says will be more fair for everyone. But solar companies say it’s simply an attack on their industry.

November 23, 2014

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1:05 AM | New battery composed of lots of nanobatteries
Its batteries all the way down, until you get to the nanotubes.

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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3:16 PM | Does Uber Make Cities More Energy Efficient?
It seems you can’t read an article about new mobility or the sharing economy without stumbling across Uber; the mobility service that sprung up in 2009 to only five years later become valued at more... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

November 20, 2014

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3:00 PM | Darfur Stoves Project
Since the Darfur crisis began in 2003, women living in the refugee camps walked for up to seven hours outside the safety of the camps to collect firewood for cooking, putting them at risk for violent attacks. Now, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have engineered a more efficient wood-burning stove, which is greatly reducing both the women's need for firewood and the threats against them.

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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3:09 PM | How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]
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]
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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