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Satellite measurements indicate a rapidly accelerating ice mass loss in the Greenland and Antarctica

Greenland Ice Melt 2014 and Beyond: Follow the Water

Greenland ice melt accelerating Recent high quality satellite measurements of the ice mass of Greenland and Antarctica taken over the past eleven years indicates rapidly accelerating rates of mass loss in the past decade. Ten years ago Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise was half a millimeter per year. Now, according to Professor Jason Fox of the Geological Survey of Denmark…

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Renewables sources of energy, including solar, provide 100 percent of all new generating capacity in the U.S. in July

Renewable Energy Provides 100 Percent of New Electrical Generation in July

Data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects shows that 100 percent of new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service for July came from renewable energy sources. Those sources include 379 megawatts (MW) from wind energy, 21 MW of solar power and 5 MW of hydropower. July follows on…

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New research into cloud formation suggests increased climate sensitivity

Research Suggests Climate Models Underestimate Climate Sensitivity

Climate models are wrong? Climate models are mathematical representation of an enormously complex system. They are intended to project trends, not predict events. They are an imperfect but indispensable tool to gain an understanding of what we can likely expect in the future. Casting doubt on the reliability of climate models is a common theme among climate skeptics who commonly claim that…

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Hond'a FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell powered car

EarthTalk: Are Hydrogen Cars a Viable Option?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that fuel cell cars aren’t really any greener than conventional gas-powered internal combustion cars? – Michelle Adamo, Portland, OR A decade ago cars powered by fuel cells seemed like the future of green automotive travel, but many…

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Average U.S. vehicle fuel eoncomy

Slight Uptick in U.S. New Vehicle Fuel Economy in July

U.S. fuel economy near record high As we reported early last June, new vehicle fuel economy (window-sticker value) in the U.S. hit an all-time high in May of 25.7 miles per gallon (MPG) as reported by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. June saw a slight dip in fuel economy, off 0.2 to 25.5 MPG. The institute just released their research…

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The next generation - Next Generation Science Standards

Climate Science Students Bill of Rights

The battle for science education in our schools Our human existence in the modern world is utterly dependent on science and technology. Yet the troubling trend in the U.S. is that science education, mathematics and critical thinking skills are declining. Some argue that the decline of science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) has never been that good or that…

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Renewable energy provides 56 percent of all new generating capacity in the United States in the first half of 2014

Renewable Energy Provides 56 Percent of New Electrical Generation Capacity in First Half of 2014

Renewable energy on the march Keeping with the steady growth and adoption of renewable energy, the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects states that wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower accounts for 55.7 percent of newly installed generating capacity in the U.S. for the first half of 2014. Of the total 3,529…

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