Archive for the ‘Economy and Policy’ Category

Jul21

Renewables changing of the guard

Niagara Falls Hydro Plant

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For well over a century, the primary source of renewable energy in the United States has been hydroelectric power. Hydro plants produce over 6% of the country’s electricity.  In places like New York State, home of Niagara Falls, the percentage is much higher. (more…)

Jul18

Commercial buildings and energy

Wall Street

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Buildings account for about 36% of America’s total energy use and 65% of our electricity consumption.  Commercial buildings use about 20% of the country’s energy and most of that is in the form of space heating, space cooling and lighting.  (more…)

Jul17

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic from the Pacific Ocean

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The Pacific Ocean hosts the largest trash dump on Earth.  It is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it’s at least as big as Texas but might be much larger.  Estimates are that it holds more than 3.5 million tons of garbage and at least 80% of it is plastic. (more…)

Jul16

Growing numbers of electric cars

Electric Vehicle

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As of early this year, the number of electric cars in the world has passed the 400,000 mark.  This represents a doubling of the number from just 12 months ago, which in turn was a doubling of the previous year’s total.   There is no doubt that there is sharp and steady growth in electric vehicles. (more…)

Jul15

Saving the bees

Honeybee on Flower

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In recent years, bee populations have been shrinking at an alarming rate.  According to the Department of Agriculture, managed honeybee colonies lost almost a quarter of their numbers over the past winter alone.  These rapid declines in bees and other pollinators in the United States threaten billions of dollars in crops. (more…)

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