Energy and Carbon Emissions

Green Hydrogen – Nature’s Energy Commodity

Oct 20th, 2020 | By
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By Geoffrey Holland, contributing writer for Transition Earth.   The imminent collapse of the fossil fuel industrial civilization could occur sometime between 2023 and 2030. ~ Jeremy Rifkin, Foundation on Economic Trends   [i] In September, 2020, Barron’s reported on a Goldman-Sachs study that says, ‘Green Hydrogen’ will become a $12 trillion market. What Powers Life? 
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Planting Trees Isn’t Enough: We Also Need Family Planning for a Thriving World

Dec 23rd, 2019 | By
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By Suzanne York. Green is in, and trees are all the rage as a key (and obvious) solution to climate change: India planted 220 million trees in one day; Ethiopia planted more than 350 million trees in 12 hours; China has plans to plant an area of forest as large as Ireland every year. Even corporations are joining in –
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The Path to Cleaner Air: Is a halt on importing old cars the solution to Uganda’s air pollution problem?

Mar 18th, 2019 | By
Cars at the Old Taxi Park in downtown Kampala (photo by Josh Mirondo)

By Joshua Mirondo, youth writer, Transition Earth. Kampala, like many growing cities around the world, suffers from bad air quality. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Kampala as one of the most polluted cities in the world in 2016. They carried out a research and discovered that the air in Kampala has dangerous substance small
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Our Not-so-Green Dependence on Rare Earth Minerals

Dec 13th, 2018 | By
Mining for rare earth metals [Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger for Transition Earth. There seems to be hope that we are finally moving, albeit slowly, toward a more sustainable society. Solar panels, bans on plastics, green buildings and more are increasing. Yet no matter how ‘green’ our reality may appear, we are still far away from being the environmental
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The Internet – An Energy Wasteland?

Jan 10th, 2018 | By
Google data center [www.ormsdirect.co.za, Creative Commons Attribution license]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger, Transition Earth. As this is a post on a blog, normally you would be reading it through any of your devices using internet. However, have you ever thought about the impacts of using the Internet? Likely the answer is no. For this reason, no matter how much we try
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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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