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.
The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions. One more reason to go Meatless Monday!
26 percent of energy used in homes is for lighting and other appliances
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
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.
Producing 2.2 pounds of beef takes enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for twenty days.
Analysts predict that over the next decade, $800 billion - $1.2 trillion will be invested in the solar industry globally.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
200,000: The number of electric drive vehicles - hybrids, extended range and battery - that have been purchased in the United States in 2012.
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
A US resident uses about 11,500 kWh of electricity per year.
16: The number of U.S. states that generate more than 10% of their electricity from renewable sources.
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.
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.