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.
Power plants in the US withdraw 143 billion gallons of fresh water every day; more than irrigation and 3 times that's used for public water supplies.
About 10% of energy consumption goes toward raising, distributing, processing and preserving crops and animals used in the American food system.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
Livestock farming contributes to 18% of the global warming effect, more than emissions from every car, train and plane on Earth.
The United States led the world with $48.1 billion in clean energy investments in 2011.
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
Between 1950 and 2003, the fossil fuel industry raked in 75 percent of federal government energy development incentives.
20 percent of energy used in homes is for water heating
It takes 520 million MWh of electricity per year to move, treat and heat water in the U.S. this is 13% of the total U.S. electrical consumption.
Analysts predict that over the next decade, $800 billion - $1.2 trillion will be invested in the solar industry globally.
200,000: The number of electric drive vehicles - hybrids, extended range and battery - that have been purchased in the United States in 2012.