Global coal production falls 6.2% in the biggest decline in history

June 15, 2017 by  
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U.S. President Donald Trump may believe coal is the future , but newly-released statistics by BP Statistical Review of Energy state otherwise. According to the data, global coal production fell by an astonishing 6.2 percent last year — the largest annual decline on record. Additionally, consumption decreased for the second year in a row, dropping 1.7 percent. In wake of these findings, it should come as no surprise that once again, renewables were the fastest growing energy source, growing by a whopping 12 percent — a statistic which represents the largest annual incremental increase in output on record. The report , entitled “Energy markets in transition: BP Statistical Review shows long-term shifts underway,” concluded that the oil market is declining because fast-growing markets are shifting “towards lower carbon fuels as renewable energy continues to grow strongly and coal use falls.” The report also showed that the shift from coal is widespread. The UK, for instance, consumed 52.5 percent less in 2016, the U.S. experienced an 8.8 percent dip in consumption and China’s reliance dropped by 1.6 percent. Evidence to support these conclusions abound. For instance, the UK recently experienced its first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution. India also intends to halt all coal plant production in the near future, as renewable technologies have become more affordable. Related: U.S. coal production dips to lowest point in 35 years due to rise of renewable energy sources Bob Dudley, BP Group Chief Executive, said, “Global energy markets are in transition. The longer-term trends we can see in this data are changing the patterns of demand and the mix of supply as the world works to meet the challenge of supplying the energy it needs while also reducing carbon emissions . At the same time markets are responding to shorter-run run factors, most notably the oversupply that has weighed on oil prices for the past three years.” As was previously mentioned, renewable energy was the fastest growing of all energy sources, increasing by 12 percent. Though solar, wind and other renewable energy sources provide only 4 percent of the world’s total energy, the increase represents almost one-third of the total growth in energy demand in 2016. Despite certain leaders’ opposition to renewable energy investments, it seems clear the future is green and that consumers will continue to invest in energy sources that are beneficial for the environment, wildlife, and future generations – and their bottom line. + BP Statistical Review of Energy Images via Pixabay

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NRG Energy’s VP: Why sustainable innovation makes business sense

June 13, 2017 by  
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Less than a year into his role as vice president of NRG Energy, Bruno Sarda is helping the largest independent power producer in the country transition to sustainable sources of energy. “Part of the evolution to a sustainable energy future is to be at the leading edge of the transition to new technologies,” he said. “We may not invent the next solar cell, but what we’re really good at is bringing proven technology to scale in a commercially economical way.” 

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Bye-Bye, Botox: 5 Natural, Needle-Free Ways to Look Younger

March 29, 2017 by  
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168: The number of chemicals the average woman puts on her body each day, according to the Environmental Working Group. 60: The percentage of chemicals that are absorbed by the bloodstream through the skin, our largest organ. What number are you…

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The 10 most viral Inhabitat stories of the year

January 1, 2017 by  
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Why do some online articles go viral and reach millions of readers around the world? Emotional engagement has a lot to do with it. Some tug on the heart, like this devastating photo of an emaciated polar bear that swept over social media in the past few months. Others inspire us to dream of a brighter future, like Dallas’ plans to create one of the largest urban nature parks in America . And others are just plain crazy – like Norway’s proposal for the world’s first floating underwater traffic tunnels and China’s smog-sucking vacuum tower (which may actually be working)! Here were the most viral Inhabitat stories of 2016 – vote for your favorite: [poll id=114]

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Worlds largest thermal solar plant could be coming to Nevada

October 31, 2016 by  
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While thermal solar power plants have had a bit of trouble catching on in the US, solar energy company SolarReserve is hoping to change that. The company recently announced it’s hoping to build a 2,000 megawatt facility in Nevada called Sandstone. With a planned 10 towers and more than 100,000 concentrating mirrors, the plant would be the largest of its type anywhere in the world. It would overshadow SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes plant , currently the largest in the US with 110 megawatts of capacity. The new report comes via the Las Vegas Review-Journal , which reports the plant would cost about $5 billion to build and would deliver enough power for 1 million homes–the same amount of energy generated by Hoover Dam. Its energy capacity would also put it solidly in line with many nuclear power plants which, in the US, generate anywhere from 479 to 3,973 megawatts. If this project is successful, it could prove once and for all that solar energy is competitive with more conventional power sources. Its size isn’t the only thing that makes the proposed Sandstone plant unique. It would also be only one of two in the US to store excess solar energy in a molten salt battery, allowing it to continue generating power overnight. Related: Revolutionary new solar power plant generates energy all day and all night At the moment, SolarReserve is looking at two potential sites to house the Sandstone plant, both on federal land in Nye County. The facility itself could range in size from 15,000 to 20,000 acres, and a decision is expected sometime in the next six months. After various criticisms faced by the Ivanpah solar plant in California, SolarReserve appears to be carefully considering the environmental and wildlife conservation impact of both potential sites. Via CleanTechnica Images via SolarReserve

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Want to learn about aggregated energy deals? A university lesson

October 31, 2016 by  
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Medical Center and Post Office Square Redevelopment Corp. plan the largest aggregated commercial and industrial renewable energy deal in the Eastern U.S.

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World’s longest wind turbine blade expected to drive down offshore energy costs

June 24, 2016 by  
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Wind energy has grown in its widespread application, as well as its hardware. Turbine manufacturer Adwen and rotor blade suppliers LM Wind Power have come together to build the world’s largest wind turbine blade . At 88.4 meters or 290 feet, the turbine promises to bring offshore energy costs down. The gigantic blade has been developed to fit Adwen’s AD 8-180 turbine , which already has the largest rotor in the industry (180 meters) and the highest annual energy production of any other wind turbine out there. The first blade is being sent off for testing at LM’s factory in Lunderskov, Denmark. Related: Engineers have found a way to harvest wind energy from trees Adwen General Manager Luis Álvarez said in a statement , “When you are building the largest wind turbine in the world, almost everything you do is an unprecedented challenge. We are going where no one else has ever gone before, pushing all the known frontiers in the industry.” The record-breaking turbine is meant to lower the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) for offshore wind power. Through its meticulous engineering, it will likely achieve just that. + Adwen , LM Wind Power Via Clean Technica Images via Adwen

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Immense drought-tolerant green roof provides valuable teaching tool in thirsty California

May 24, 2016 by  
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Designed by CO Architects, the 100,000-square-foot complex facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty members, students, and researchers. In order to break the tradition of separate research and teaching, the architects provided open, public meetings spaces with large glass surfaces allowing visual contact between labs and promoting a more open attitude towards science. Related: Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification Various sustainable…

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Thousands of women create world’s largest crochet blanket in India

February 7, 2016 by  
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After six months and an incredible amount of yarn, the Mother India’s Crochet Queens have set a new Guinness World Record for creating the largest crochet blanket in the world. Over two thousand women between the ages of 8 and 85 worked together to create the colorful, soccer pitch-sized blanket that stretched over 11,000 square meters in size. Now that the record has been reached, the blankets will be donated to NGOs, which will distribute them to underprivileged people across the country. READ MORE>

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A way out of food waste: Upcycle food to hunger relief

November 17, 2015 by  
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Food waste is often mentioned in the news lately. Forty percent of food in America goes to waste and the annual estimated retail value of wasted food in the United States is more than $165 billion. Food is also the largest component of waste in our landfills. As food rots, it emits methane, a gas 20 times more harmful than CO2.But there’s good news: most food waste is preventable.

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