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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

March 16 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Can Coal Ever Be Clean?” Coal provides 40% of the world’s electricity. It produces 39% of global CO₂ emissions. It kills thousands a year in mines, many more with polluted air. Environmentalists say that clean coal is a myth. Of course it is. [National Geographic]
  • “Could a giant sunburst unplug the Earth?” A coronal mass ejection, depending on the magnetic makeup of its electrons, could penetrate the planet’s magnetic field, shorting out satellites and frying electric lines. It might take years to recover. [The Seattle Times]

World:

  • According to a Frost & Sullivan report, the smart grid market worldwide is forecast to witness a compound annual growth rate of 26.6%, reaching $125 billion by 2017, with 75% of Europe anticipated to be smart grid-enabled by 2018. [Utilities-ME.com]
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said that he is optimistic about tackling climate change – but only if concrete action is taken to reduce global emissions and governments ensure clean and reliable energy is prioritized. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]

US:

  • Average temperatures this winter were among the top 10 coldest in some parts of the Upper Midwest and South. But while East Coast and Midwest were cold, it has not been cold everywhere. In fact, many areas are unusually warm. [Energy Collective]
  • In 2009, The Providence Journal wrote about the race to build the first offshore wind farm in the United States, with projects off Block Island and Cape Cod at the front of the pack. Five years later, the race continues. [The Providence Journal]
  • In two years, production of biodiesel jumped 63%, from 1.1 billion gallons in 2012 to 1.8 billion in 2013, and continues to accelerate. The National Biodiesel Board’s goal for 2015, having biodiesel make up 5% of all US diesel fuels, was reached last year. [The Desert Sun]
  • The massive Cape Wind offshore wind farm scored a huge legal victory on Friday, when a US District Judge upheld the results of a ten-year permitting process and rejected a laundry list of claims brought by opposition groups. [CleanTechnica]
  • Ultimate Energy Source, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, wants to build a 1.2-MW solar farm with between 4,500 and 4,700 solar panels on a hill overlooking Interstate 495 in Methuen, Massachusetts. [Eagle-Tribune]

 

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