GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- Growth in the solar industry in the US is strong and likely to become the second largest of new energy production in 2013. Chinese solar manufacturing took a hit this month though because Suntech is falling into bankruptcy. It looks like the Chinese government will let Suntech fall, and the ripple effect of that might be that solar panels will stop experiencing a free fall in price. Low cost solar panels are good, but it needs to come from innovation, not debt, over-the-top government subsidies and a disregard for our environment.
- Our buildings use an incredible amount of fuel to keep us warm, and our old ones have super dirty coal and oil systems. The cost of upgrading is expensive but it must be done. Buildings in New York City are being upgraded to cleaner fuels, mostly natural gas, a source of energy that is artificially cheap and stuck in a heated battle over the regulation of fracking.
- Is global warming real, and if it is, what is humanity’s role? For the general public it depends on how you ask the question. While people debate the existence of global warming, real people are having real problems, like the very troubling prolonged drought in the US. The next frontier of climate science is connecting global warming to the elevated extreme weather events that we are experiencing. Read More→