RENEWABLE ENERGY

RENEWABLE ENERGY products marketingNATURAL AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

The increasing use of natural and renewable energy sources is needed to help take the burden off our current dependency on fossil fuels. The significantly high level of fossil fuel products burnt each and every day is polluting of the air and surrounding environments and may also be contributing to climate change.

By making the switch to natural and renewable energy sources, you will be doing your part in helping to improve the quality of the environment and the air we breathe. Although many other issues need to be addressed, making the switch is a large step forward in the fight for a cleaner environment.

With increasing evidence suggesting the burning of fossil fuels is contributing towards climate change, now is the time to switch to alternative means of generating energy. To get people to accept the ultimate benefits of new energy sources will need concerted marketing efforts and sustained campaigns in social media forums.

CLEAN ENERGY IDEAS

Clean Energy Ideas was launched in 2007 in an attempt to try and educate visitors to the importance of the use of renewable energy sources. You will find lots of educational material throughout the website, and much of this information relates to how you can get involved in energy conservation and producing your very own natural energy.

The many different natural and renewable energy technologies highlighted throughout the website are by no means breakthrough. Many of these renewable energy technologies have been around for years and as time goes by are increasing in efficiency and benefiting from technological innovation.

Clean energy may also be called renewable energy or green energy and it specifically refers to energy produced usually from renewable resources without creating environmental debt. There are several other ways such clean energy can be defined. It some cases it may refer to energy processes that pollute less, or it can be considered only energy that doesn’t pollute at all and doesn’t use resources that can’t be easily renewed.

The basic forms of clean energy are often cited as those that come from water, wind, or sun (solar). In some cases, some manufacturing and use of coal is considered clean and called clean coal. This last is a matter of dispute among environmentalists.

ENERGY SOLUTIONS

No single solution can meet our society’s future energy needs. The answer lies instead in a family of diverse energy technologies that share a common thread: they do not deplete our natural resources or destroy our environment. Renewable energy technologies tap into natural cycles and systems, turning the ever-present energy around us into usable forms.

GLOBAL WARMING

what is global warming? 21stCentury attempts to answer that question as clearly as possible.

There are many examples of environmental harm wrought by Global Warming. Examples include the Melting of snow on several mountains including Mt Kilimanjaro, Everest, and the Alps.

Many animals living around the arctic have also been threatened with extinction. These include penguins, bears and also humans.

Destruction of coral reefs has not been spared by the furious Mother Nature fight back against its own destruction.

Rising seas in Maldives, south pacific islands and other low lying areas has led to displacement of thousands, and many more millions are threatened by the ever rising seas.

In western Canada and eastern Russia, mean temperatures have gone up at an unusually high rate, nearly double the global average. The warming temperatures in Siberia may dry out peat bogs, which are natural carbon sinks that can help to offset fossil fuel emissions.

Like many other species, including the the great white shark,  polar bears appear to be moving northward as temperatures warm. Whether these species can outrun the warming temperatures is unclear, as some scientists say that global warming will lead to the extinction of millions of species, including polar bears, and many birds and amphibians, in the next 50 years.

Incidences of hurricanes wreaking havoc have become more frequent and in years to come hurricanes alone might cause hundreds of millions of deaths annually. Things are that bad.

If Greenland’s massive ice sheets were to melt, something that could occur over the very long term, they could raise the sea level by 23 feet (7 meters).

Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The rate of earth’s warming has shot up. The 20th century’s last two decades were the hottest in 400 years and possibly the warmest for several millennia, according to a number of climate studies. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that 11 of the past 12 years are among the dozen warmest since 1850.

Be a partner as we debate this conundrum.

Sports car manufacturers have been lining up left and right to bring their own brand of electric vehicles to the market, so it comes as no surprise that porsche is finally joining in with a few experimental EVs of its own. This week the carmaker announced its plan to develop an all-electric sports car, starting with a field-test of three electric Boxsters.

EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING

Fact: Each 1 °C of global warming will reduce rain in the southwest of North America, the Mediterranean and southern Africa by 5–10%; cut yields of some crops, including maize (corn) and wheat, by 5–15%; and increase the area burned by wildfires by 200–400%. Even if the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide is stabilized, the world will continue to warm for decades. If concentrations rose to 550 parts per million, for example, the world would see an initial warming of 1.6 °C — but even if concentrations stabilized at this level, further warming would leave the total temperature rise closer to 3 °C, and would persist for millennia.

With more investment in research renewable energy would replace fossil fuel as our major source of energy. This is an ongoing debate, but with every passing year we have more efficient solar panels and windmills. With more investment the move into electric cars, solar powered homes would become a reality to everyone. Climate change debates in social media platforms are a great way to bring to the surface the pros and cons of unfettered industrialization.

For the sake of argument, I pose the following query: if the change in weather patterns witnessed lately is natural, are we implying end of the earth is nigh? I have no way of knowing that, but I am entitled to have an opinion like everyone else and my answer is: we will leave the earth but the earth is not going anywhere.

  1. Dr joe Fredrickson
    May 29, 2010 at 6:26 am

    The life cycle of nuclear power results in relatively little global warming pollution, but building a new fleet of plants could increase threats to public safety and national security.

    Nuclear power is riskier than it should—and could—be. The United States has strong safety regulations on the books, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not enforce them consistently. Current security standards are inadequate to defend nuclear plants against terrorist attacks. A major accident or successful attack could kill thousands of people and contaminate large regions for thousands of years.

    The NRC must require all new U.S. reactors to be significantly safer than ones currently in operation, otherwise safer reactors will not be economically competitive. Of the new designs under consideration in the United States, only one—known as the European Power Reactor or EPR—appears to have the potential to be significantly safer and more secure against terrorist attack.

    Minimizing the risks of nuclear power is simply pragmatic. Nothing would undermine public acceptance of a new generation of nuclear power plants as much as a serious accident, a terrorist strike on a reactor or spent fuel pool, or the detonation of a nuclear weapon made from stolen reactor materials.

    The 74-page report assesses nuclear power’s key problems and offers recommendations to strengthen nuclear plant safety, better protect facilities against sabotage and attack, ensure the safe disposal of nuclear waste, and minimize the risk that nuclear power will help more nations and terrorists acquire nuclear weapons. It also evaluates new reactor designs.

  2. anna voronova
    May 29, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Climate change is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity today. The process of change unleashed by the rapid rise of atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions, historically and today, has the capacity to alter our economic systems, ecological networks and social relationships.
    To minimize the adverse impacts of climate change, significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are needed on an urgent basis. Yet achieving these reductions will be challenging given current reliance on fossil fuel–based energy systems for the achievement of economic development. Combating climate change therefore requires finding answers to fundamental questions such as:
    • How do we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while still meeting the growing energy needs of developing countries?
    • How to we reduce the vulnerability of communities to the impacts of a changing climate?
    • How do we do this on an urgent basis?
    Creative policy responses based on solid research, shared knowledge and strong partnerships are needed to provide answers to these questions.
    IISD is working to provide progressive policy solutions in North America and at the global level that are supported by individuals, companies and governments that have the capacity to take concrete actions. Our work includes:
    • Developing well-designed, market-based mechanisms—such as effective emission trading systems—to reduce the costs of emission reductions, incentivize the deployment of low-carbon energy technologies and encourage technology transfer to less developed countries.
    • Identifying ways in which trade policy can effectively contribute to climate mitigation efforts and areas of potential conflict between the global climate and trade regimes.
    • Promoting sustainable agriculture and forestry practices to simultaneously enhance carbon storage and reduce vulnerability to the impacts of a changing global climate.
    • Providing intelligence, advice and analysis to governments and private sector clients on the continual evolution of national and international climate policy.
    As well, through our work in the area of adaptation and risk reduction, we are:
    • Designing and implementing tools, actions and policies able to help communities and governments in developed and developing countries prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change.
    • Understanding the potential for climatic changes to exacerbate social tensions and violent conflicts—including the role that adaptation actions may play in either promoting or undermining peace-building efforts.
    Contents
    • Global Climate Actions
    Climate change is a global problem that requires global solutions. Cooperation achieved through a diversity of international forums, including the UN Climate Change Convention, bilateral agreements and the work of multilateral organizations, is required if we are to find needed solutions.
    • Developing-Country Actions
    To achieve their sustainable development goals, developing countries must overcome the daunting challenge of transitioning to a low-carbon economic development pathway while simultaneously adapting to a changing climate.
    • North American Climate and Energy Policy
    Reflecting the integrated energy systems and strong economic linkages between Canada, the United States and Mexico, continental cooperation is required to deliver timely, creative and sustainable policy frameworks for clean energy and climate action in North America.
    • Land-Use Management
    Enhanced management of agricultural and forested lands has the potential to play a strong positive role in reducing the release of greenhouse gases and building robust ecosystems that support adaptation to the impacts of climate change.
    • Cross-cutting Issues: Trade and Climate Change
    There are a number of ways in which trade policy might help serve climate change goals, but this will only happen if we fully understand the potential and map out how to exploit it. As well, a number of climate change measures may have negative trade impacts, and we need to understand these well enough to take those impacts into account and avoid them where possible.
    • Climate Change and Security
    It is increasingly recognized that climate change could affect political and economic stability and thereby increase tensions within and among countries. Through a better understanding of the relationship between climate and security, effective ways to address those problems can be identified.

  3. Claire Jensen
    December 11, 2009 at 6:12 am

    it is very unfortunate to see climate issues being ignored because US media is obsessed with alleged tiger woods ‘indiscretions’!!

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