Many older thermoelectric power plants require tremendous amounts of water for cooling. This animation takes you through the process and illustrates why there are such devastating consequences for fish and other aquatic life.
In a new video produced by Brainvise for the Vote Solar Initiative, renewable energy policies that let you spin your electric meter backwards are explained in a simple, engaging manner through sharp animation.
With all eyes on New York State's rumored upcoming moves on shale-gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a recent Washington Post op-ed by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and fracking pioneer, George Mitchell, weighed in on the possibility of
We're experiencing the food, water and energy nexus first-hand. The worst drought since 1956 might produce significant impacts on food and fuel prices and could cause urban water supplies in some US regions to dry up.
Producing 2.2 pounds of beef takes enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for twenty days.
Cooling water discharged from a coal or nuclear plant is hotter--by an average of 17°F in summer--than when it entered the plant.
The United States led the world with $48.1 billion in clean energy investments in 2011.
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
20 percent of energy used in homes is for water heating
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
The transportation sector made up 28 percent of US energy conumption in 2011
The majority of oil the US oil imports are from Canada (24%), Mexico (9%), Saudi Arabia (12%), Nigeria (11%) and Venezuela (10%).
The US's electricity generation fuel mix is Coal 45%, Natural Gas 24%, Nuclear 20%, Hydropower 6%, Other Renewable 4%, Petroleum 1%.
Between 1950 and 2003, the fossil fuel industry raked in 75 percent of federal government energy development incentives.
Red tape can add up: Local permitting and inspection add $0.50 per watt, or $2,516 per residential install, to the cost of solar.