Residents of Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania are exposed to more toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants than in any other state, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). At the same time, the report found a 19 percent decrease in all air toxics emitted from power plants in 2010, the most recent data available, compared to 2009 levels. The welcomed drop, which also includes a 4 percent decrease in mercury emissions, results from two key factors.
The U.S. has a lot of untapped renewable energy, from wind in the Midwest to solar in the Southwest. These maps show where we could maximize our clean power resources. They show the renewable energy potential of every state in the country. The good news is that everywhere has resources to exploit, whether it’s solar in the Southwest, onshore wind in the Midwest, or offshore wind on the East coast. Read More
Even with these impressive credentials, wood or more generally, forest biomass continues to hold untapped promise for reducing society’s dependence on fossil fuels and playing a critical role in the transition to a green economy. However, ensuring forest biomass can fulfil expectations and deliver an expanding source of sustainable and renewable energy is a delicate balance that requires attention on a range of issues. It’s within this context that the utilization of forest certification for providing assurances and promoting sustainable forest management is essential. Yet little is known about forest certification outside the traditional forest sector.
The Chinese government has approved an ambitious plan to reduce the country’s reliance on coal and the intensity of its energy use by 21 per cent by the year 2015. The plan says the 12th five-year plan—a official blueprint for social and economic development targets— recognises that traditional high energy intensive industralisation is no longer sustainable and the country must embark on a path to develop an energy efficient industrial structure. Read More
Exprodat has announced the release of Team-GIS Unconventionals Analyst, an ArcGIS Desktop extension for planning and managing shale oil, shale gas and coal bed methane projects. Using Team-GIS Unconventionals Analyst geologists, petroleum engineers and reserves analysts can ensure compliant reserves and reduce drilling costs. The application runs as an extension to Esri's ArcGIS Desktop tool.