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.
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
About 10% of energy consumption goes toward raising, distributing, processing and preserving crops and animals used in the American food system.
$ of a gal. of gas includes: cost of Crude Oil 76%; Refining Costs and Profits 6%; Distribution, Marketing, and Retail Costs and Profits 6%; Taxes 12%
20 percent of energy used in homes is for water heating
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.
The United States led the world with $48.1 billion in clean energy investments in 2011.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
A US resident uses about 11,500 kWh of electricity per year.
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
About 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the US. One more reason to go Meatless Monday!
With 5% of the earth's population, the U.S. consumes 20% of the world's total energy.
The US imports about half of oil consumed.
16: The number of U.S. states that generate more than 10% of their electricity from renewable sources.