Category: Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol

Atlas for a Changing Planet

Atlas for a Changing Planet

  Esri, the world leader in geographic information system technology, released an interactive map illustrating the earth’s natural and human systems and how they have changed—and will change—over time. With the Atlas for a Changing Planet Story Map ,scientists, policy makers, planners, and activists can examine detailed spatial information that is critical for adapting to a warmer future. Atlas for […]

China Launches Second Largest Carbon Market

China Launches Second Largest Carbon Market

  On Thursday China began trading in Guangdong’s carbon permit market, which is expected to be the world’s second-largest market after the European Union in terms of carbon dioxide emissions covered. It is far larger than either the Australian or Californian emissions trading schemes. The Chinese government has approved seven pilot carbon trading exchanges in total, with Shenzhen being the […]

Obama Enacting 1st Federal Carbon Limit

Obama Enacting 1st Federal Carbon Limit

  As promised in his inaugural speech, President Obama is supporting green movements. He said “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” and “the path toward sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.” The Obama administration will enact the first federal carbon […]

Apple Data Centers Use 100% Renewable Energy

Apple Data Centers Use 100% Renewable Energy

  Apple has released its environmental report and, among other interesting things, it now states that is uses 100% renewable energy for its data centers and 75% for its needs overall, up from 35% in 2010. The end goal is 100% renewable energy use for all of the company’s energy needs. Its likely that not all that clean energy will […]

SoundScaper, Noise Pollution Converter

SoundScaper, Noise Pollution Converter

  The Soundscraper takes advantage of city noise pollution by capturing airborne sound and converting it into usable energy. One of the most abundant energy sources is ambient motion. Vibrations can provide plentiful energy, and can be transferred through many media, making this form of kinetic energy very useful. The Soundscraper is located next to main transport infrastructures, mostly outside […]

Africa’s 1st Ethanol Cooking Fuel Plant

Africa’s 1st Ethanol Cooking Fuel Plant

  Africa’s first bio-ethanol cooking fuel plant opened in central Mozambique.  Africa’s rapidly emerging middle class are hampered by a lack of choice when it comes to household energy. Over 80% of Africa’s 400 million city-dwellers still rely on charcoal – dirty, environmentally destructive, and a major cause of indoor and outdoor pollution. The price of charcoal has tripled in […]

Brighter Planet Reveals Your Site’s Carbon Footprint

Brighter Planet Reveals Your Site’s Carbon Footprint

  Since 2005 Brighter Planet has pioneered the practice of computational sustainability—using hard numbers and raw data to reveal actionable opportunities and deliver measurable results. Its clients include MasterCard, Bank of America, TripIt, Dell, Heroku, CocaCola, GOOD, and others some of the world’s leading companies who work to address carbon and energy issues with modern IT tools and custom sustainability […]

Google Runs Data Center at 95F/35C Temperatures

Google Runs Data Center at 95F/35C Temperatures

  As a general rule, if you want to keep a computer running without issues then you need adequate cooling for the major components. Google is always trying to make its servers more efficient and eco-friendly in a bid to save on running costs, and its St. Ghislain data in Belgium is now classed as the most efficient. It only […]

Asia’s Coal Grew 500% Since 1980

Asia’s Coal Grew 500% Since 1980

  In the fight against global warming and climate destabilization, coal is enemy #1. Not only does it produce more CO2 per unit of energy than other mainstream energy sources, but it’s also a big offender when it comes to smog and mercury pollution. Unfortunately, the slow coal growth in many parts of the world is more than offset by the […]

Mining Causes Cigarette Smoke Air

Mining Causes Cigarette Smoke Air

  When winter comes to Utah and atmospheric conditions trap a soup of pollutants close to the ground, doctors say it turns every resident in the Salt Lake basin into the equivalent of a cigarette smoker. For days or weeks at a time, an inversion layer in which high pressure systems can trap a roughly 1,300-foot-thick layer of cold air […]

Kraft Carbon Footprint

Kraft Carbon Footprint

  Kraft Foods is a huge company with an equally large environmental footprint. As a food and beverage firm, it’s not surprising that its biggest environmental impacts come from growing the raw materials that go into its portfolio of products, including Chips Ahoy, Boca, Triscuits and, of course, Macaroni and Cheese. That’s the top-line finding from a company initiative to […]

Population Carbon Footprint

Population Carbon Footprint

  The 7 billionth baby is expected to arrive around Halloween in 2011. Spooky! It’s easy to blame developing countries, but if you want to find the source of the population problem, check the mirror.Population isn’t just about counting heads. The impact of humanity on the environment is not determined solely by how many of us are around, but by […]

Carbon Tax (Australia)

Carbon Tax (Australia)

  Australia, one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries, is one of the planet’s worst emitters of greenhouse gases per capita, as it not only relies on coal for 80 percent of its electricity generation from indigenous coal reserves but is a major coal exporter as well, particularly to the voracious demands of the Chinese energy market. Under the […]

Icelands 1st ZeroCarbon Data Center

Icelands 1st ZeroCarbon Data Center

  A British company has commissioned Colt, the telecoms and IT group, to build the world’s first zero-carbon data centre, which will be exported to Iceland as a pre-fabricated kit.Data centres are power hungry in two ways – the servers themselves consume large amounts of electricity, and they need constant cooling to prevent overheating. Verne will offer customers free cooling […]

Ethanol

Ethanol

  Ethanol is socially desirable but more expensive to produce than gasoline. The following countries used different resources to produce Ethanol. Brazil – Molasses and Sugar Cane Juice. US – Corn. France – Sugar Beets. The reason Fuel Ethanol is directly starting to compete with Gasoline: The energy in a tone of Ethanol is greater than its production energy. Ethanol is less dangerous to health. […]

Australia’s Zero Carbon Moreland

Australia’s Zero Carbon Moreland

  Globally, the aluminium industry is moving towards countries with low-carbon sources of power, to hedge themselves against future carbon pricing policies. 16% of Australia’s emissions are from land use change, forestry and agriculture including rice. Australia’s abundant solar and wind could be a huge economic advantage in a carbon-constrained world by providing cheap renewable electricity for metals and minerals […]

Coal Reliance & Data Centers

Coal Reliance & Data Centers

  As the internet market is growing, so is the demand for data centers. Greeenpeace researched data transparency to evaluate data consumption of companies relative to the efficiency of their data center locations, and how they’re working to improve their current situation. Currently data centers in the US are responsible for 3 percent of national power supply. North Carolina acts as […]