The largest and arguably most important United Nations climate change conference opened Monday, with diplomats from 192 nations attending in what could be the best and last chance to strike a deal to protect the world from the increased effects of global warming. Leading up to the conference was two years of exhausting negotiations, commencing in an upbeat mood after a series of promises by emerging economies to curb their greenhouse gases. Continue reading “United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009”
Yet another important milestone was achieved for the Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution this past Tuesday when Vice President Joe Biden visited his home state of Delaware to announce the reopening of a former GM Manufacturing Plant that will be modified to produce electric vehicles. Continue reading “The Electric Vehicle Revolution is HERE!”
The major topics of discussion this week centered on the increasing demand of power hungry gadgets in the form of consumer electronics. This after the California Energy Commission proposed a plan to reduce the power consumption of new TV’s sold in the state by about half of what it is now in 2013. Turns out that some of these flat screen televisions we’ve been buying are bigger consumers of electricity than some refrigerators. A recent article in the New York Times suggests “the proliferation of personal computers, iPods, cell phones, and game amounts to the fastest-growing source of power demand in the world. Americans now have about 25 consumer electronic products in every household, compared with just three in 1980.” Continue reading “Power Hungry Gadgets Can Be Costly”
Everyone’s heard the same old adage, ‘take the stairs instead of the escalator to feel better and live healthier.’ Although most of us probably fail to take advantage of this, earlier this month, researchers in Stockholm experimented with something they have dubbed as the “fun theory.” By changing out a set of stairs in a subway in Odenplan, Stockholm to one that looked and sounded like a piano when stepped on, researchers found that 66% of subway goers were more likely to take the stairs than the adjacent escalator. By embedding a fun and attractive format encouraging people to use the stairs, researchers were able to alter people’s behavior for the better without them even knowing it. This concept and others like it can be implemented to help save money, the environment, and most importantly, improve the health of participating individuals all while preserving an enjoyable and entertaining format.
Concerned increased over water conservation this past week when the United Nations Education and Scientific Council (UNESCO) published a report that predicted water shortage will be a serious worldwide problem by the year 2020. Let us evaluate the global picture. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that in the United States, the biggest water consumer on Earth, the average American family uses 176 gallons of water per day compared to just 5 gallons of water the average African family uses. Continue reading “Water Shortage: A Worldwide Problem by 2020”
With all the talk of going green these days it’s no wonder that India is now setting progressive standards in which to expand its solar capacity. Last month, following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit they announced the solar mega-project, aimed at expanding India’s solar capacity from the current 3 megawatts (MW) to a reported 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 and furthermore 200 GW by 2050. These bold numbers form the centerpiece of a National Climate Change Strategy and will cost an estimated $20 billion dollars to implement.