Add Electricity to Americans’ Addictions? ... Scary?

UNC News 21 Grad Students Launch Insightful ‘Powering a Nation’ Site

An interactive graphic on the new website Powering a Nation says a lot about America’s insatiable appetite for energy.

The graphic is part of a Web feature called “Down The Lines.” And it’s scary.

A sliding scale (you can move it yourself with your mouse) takes you from the year 1910 to 2010. As the years progress from left to right, two circles below expand. The one on the left represents the nation’s population. The one on the right shows the amount of electricity generated, in kilowatt hours, for that population.

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Exploring Journalism's Unchartered Future

Nonprofit Journalism Model: A Future of Environmental Reporting?

When Marianne Lavelle left U.S. News and World Report a year ago, the news weekly was rapidly shrinking the amount of space devoted to in-depth reporting as part of its transition to becoming strictly an online journal.

“You could just see there wasn’t going to be a place for that kind of reporting any more,” says the long-time environmental writer.

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Corals, Earth’s Canary in Coal Mines, Facing ‘Calamitous’ Global Declines

The current state of most of the world’s coral reefs is so calamitous that it’s difficult to over-dramatize the situation.

Reefs have seen massive declines around the globe, and while there is much debate about which particular threat is most responsible, most scientists agree humans are to blame.

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New Urban Land Institute Study

Behavioral Changes in Travel Backed To Achieve Needed CO2 Emission Cuts

A new Urban Land Institute report on Americans’ traveling behavior concludes that cleaner cars and cleaner fuels alone can’t reduce carbon emissions unless Americans drive fewer miles at slower speeds, avoid gas-burning traffic jams, and reduce their number of trips.

It’s all part of the prescription being put forward by a new ULI report linking carbon emission trends and excessive climate change to a growing population.

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Is Nuclear Really 'GHG-Free'? ... and Why Not

Climate Concerns Giving Boost to Nuclear Energy, But Daunting Challenges Remain Despite Chu Support

As America lumbers along toward a low-carbon economy, nuclear energy is expected to play a significant role in generating emission-free electricity.

But how significant?

The Senate’s debates this fall on plans for the nation’s energy future may provide some clues.

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Common Climate Misconceptions

Claims of a Decade of Cooling Refuted By Analysis Showing It Warmest by Fair Margin

Global temperatures have seemingly plateaued in the past 10 years. Those dubious about climate science or wary of the social implications of carbon regulations have seized on this point to argue that fears of global warming have been overblown.

However, a careful analysis of the data reveals that this decade has in fact been anomalously warm – the warmest in the history of recorded global temperatures by a fair margin – and the rate of warming is consistent with that over the prior few decades. The real question at hand is not whether warming is occurring, but rather whether the rate of warming is faster or slower than expected by climate scientists.

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Chemical Society’s Editor Sees ‘No Difference’ After Flap on Climate Column

The e-mail blast bore all the signs of news, really big news, but the tell-tale all-caps “BREAKING” had the familiar breathlessness of just one more Marc Morano “news” flash.*


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The back story here involves what blogger Morano called an “outpouring” of scientists’ complaints about a long-time Chemical & Engineering News editor’s column. The offending column dealt with what most expert scientists recognize as the growing seriousness of climate change.

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