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 will likely produce significant impacts on food and fuel prices and could cause urban water supplies in some regions of the country to dry up.
The majority of oil the US oil imports are from Canada (24%), Mexico (9%), Saudi Arabia (12%), Nigeria (11%) and Venezuela (10%).
The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions. One more reason to go Meatless Monday!
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
Producing 2.2 pounds of beef takes enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for twenty days.
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.
With 5% of the earth's population, the U.S. consumes 20% of the world's total energy.
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.
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.
16: The number of U.S. states that generate more than 10% of their electricity from renewable sources.
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
A frack job used 4.5 million gallons, of which a amount approximately 10 to 40 percent flows back to the surface as toxic water.
Analysts predict that over the next decade, $800 billion - $1.2 trillion will be invested in the solar industry globally.
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.