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How We Know We Are Causing Global Heating

by John Cook, in a Skeptical Science cross-post. In 1859, physicist John Tyndall ran an experiment demonstrating the greenhouse effect. Visible sunlight easily passes through our atmosphere to warm the Earth. However, invisible heat rays rising...

Posted August 16, 2011    

Hybrid Locomotives + The Batteries They Need

Senior analyst Dave Hurst believes that we shall see growth in world use of hybrid locomotives due to “new diesel locomotive emissions regulations scheduled to go into effect in the European Union in 2014 and in North America in 2015″. New...

Posted August 15, 2011    

Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Power Plant Has to Shut Down Again

Susan Kraemer informs us that, for a second time, 90 degree river shuts down a Tennessee nuclear power plant. With the temperature in the Tennessee River approaching that of a nice warm hot tub, for a second summer in a row, three Tennessee Valley...

Posted August 9, 2011    

A Day In The Life of an Iberdrola Utility Customer

According to my local newspaper, my local utility company “set a new peak load record of 3,346 megawatts on Thursday” (July 21), “when the mercury rose to over 100 across the region, eclipsing the old record of 3,299 megawatts set on Aug. 2, 2006....

Posted July 26, 2011    

Attempt to Repeal Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Standard Fails

Image via Wikipedia Overall, the reports about the lack of federal clean energy development and critical reduction of human caused carbon dioxide emissions are so discouraging that it is becoming increasing difficult to follow main pro-environmental...

Posted July 13, 2011    

Heat Waves Destroy Crop Harvests

This blog had noted again concern that a few freaky climatologists have about underestimating the impact of a critical tipping point.. Lester Brown relates the concern from an agricultural perspective: Rising temperatures are already melting the...

Posted July 7, 2011    

Dust Storm Gives Phoenix A Preview of Mega-Drought

This blog before noted that over the last decade the Southwest U.S. has suffered the sharpest temperature increase on the continent. Brad Johnson now reports on a dust storm up to 50 miles wide and a mile high that “descended on the...

Posted July 6, 2011    

T. Boone Terrorism: Droughts Pit Natural Gas Industry Against Texans

Speaking of less water, Travis Waldron has a fine observation on irresponsible action by fossil fuel companies, specifically drillers using Billions of Gallons of Potable Water for fracking. Where? In Drought-Stricken Texas, of course. Texas is...

Posted July 1, 2011    

Developing Reliable Distributed Power

“The US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is conducting research on alternative options to reduce costs and make large-scale energy storage safer and more practical.” Green Car Congress reports on research into “...

Posted June 30, 2011    

Tar Sands Means C02 Game Over

Image via Wikipedia While this blog disagreed with Hansen’s position on nuclear power for base-load electric power, this blog agreed with the position this leading climate scientist takes on tar sands. Treehugger began their interview...

Posted June 28, 2011    

NASA’s James Hansen Says Nuclear Is Safer Than Fossil

Image via Wikipedia In a Treehugger interview on Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice, NASA’s James Hansen says it is very unfortunate that “a number of nations have indicated that they’re going to phase out nuclear power… The truth is, what...

Posted June 24, 2011    

Southern farmers contend with abnormally dry weather

Around the world water shortages became frighteningly common this year. Treehugger took a closer look at countries that are growing in population while water supplies are shrinking. And, in a year-end review, San Francisco Treehugger Jaymi...

Posted December 15, 2010