Energy and Carbon Emissions

The Future is Going Off-Grid

Nov 15th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. In terms of dirty energy vs. clean, the writing is on the wall. Despite promises made to the contrary, jobs in the fossil fuel industry are not likely to come back, and even if they did, not for long. The costs of solar and wind are falling well below coal and oil,
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Charting a Course from Charcoal to Clean Energy

Jul 28th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. Forests play a major role in maintaining life on Earth.   Yet with some exceptions (see India Plants 50 Million Trees in One Day), deforestation continues, with seemingly little regard for the consequences. The recently released UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) State of the World’s Forests (Sofo) report found that, amongst tropical
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Carbon Emissions Just Keep Going Up, Up, Up

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
Tar sands, Canada.  [photo credit: extremeenergy.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org In 2013, the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere passed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in modern human history. And now, in 2014, carbon levels have remained above 400 ppm for three months in a row.  This makes the past three months the first period of
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Coal vs. Communities: Is It Worth the Price?

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Renewable energy?  Forget it!  Despite the increasing effects of climate change – not to mention the increase in almost daily warnings from the UN, scientists, and policymakers – the U.S. continues to push production of dirty fuels. The latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that the
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Coal and Business as Usual: Destroying the World’s Seventh Wonder

Feb 6th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org It is the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth and one of the seven wonders of the natural world, but that isn’t enough to stop an effort to continue down the road of dirty fossil fuel energy. Last week, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMA) in Australia approved a
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Americans are Using Less Energy: Is Change Around the Corner?

Oct 22nd, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The U.S. Energy Information Administration just released a report showing that the carbon dioxide pollution emitted by Americans dropped 3.8 percent in 2012. Though U.S. CO2 emissions in 2012 amounted to 368,000 pounds of pollution per second, this is the lowest level since 1994. Ryan Koronowski of Climate Progress wrote that
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Out of Our Fracking Minds

Aug 9th, 2013 | By
Mora County, NM bans fracking, June 2013 [photo credit: www.hcn.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org We are well into summer 2013, and in the West temperatures are high, wildfires are raging, and droughts are in effect in many states. One state that has been hit particularly hard is New Mexico.  Nearly 90 percent of the state is experiencing extreme to exceptional drought conditions, and the Rio
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400 Parts Per What? and Why You Should Care

May 2nd, 2013 | By
Tracking carbon emissions: the Keeling Curve

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org At some point in early May, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is expected to hit 400 parts per million (ppm).  It will fluctuate throughout the rest of the year, and for the next several years.  It is predicted to stabilize at the 400ppm mark by 2017, and
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Clean vs Dirty Energy: Learning From India’s Great Blackout

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. India is a fast-developing nation with a population of 1.2 billion people, and by 2030 will likely be the most-populous in the world. India’s disparities and inequalities are staggering, with 32.7% of the population living on $1.25 per day. As the country continues to grow, the impacts on its citizens and
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The Population Factor and Ways to Cope with Climate Change and Migration

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, HowMany.org, March 22, 2012  A study just released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is warning that climate change could exacerbate environmental disasters in Asia and result in a surge of migration by people fleeing crises. In its report, Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific, the ADB observed
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