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University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll: American Perspectives on Energy

The fall 2013 energy poll conducted by The University of Texas at Austin shows Americans to be less engaged on energy issues than they were six months or a y...
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BP agrees to spend $400 million to reduce pollution at Whiting refinery - Chicago Tribune

BP agrees to spend $400 million to reduce pollution at Whiting refinery - Chicago Tribune | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
BP agrees to spend $400 million to reduce pollution at Whiting refinery Chicago Tribune BP will spend more than $400 million to significantly reduce noxious air pollution from its massive refinery in northwest Indiana, the company announced today...
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'Stadium waves' could explain lull in global warming

'Stadium waves' could explain lull in global warming | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
One of the most controversial issues emerging from the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is the failure of global climate models to predict a hiatus in warming of global surface temperatures since...

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We Are Terrifyingly Close to the Climate's 'Point of No Return'

We Are Terrifyingly Close to the Climate's 'Point of No Return' | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
If the world continues consuming fossil fuels at this rate, the earth's future will be bleak.
    

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The next bright idea for energy savings

The next bright idea for energy savings | A Powerful World | Scoop.it

Actor Ian Somerhalder sings the praises of an innovative new light bulb.As a young child, my bare feet constantly interacted with the soil and water of the land I grew up on. Looking back now, it's easy to say the land was nothing short of a sibling to me. This connection was never more apparent to me than when the BP oil spill ravaged that sibling. I have never felt more vulnerable in my life. Since then, I’vestarted a foundation emphasizing collaboration and encouraging both corporations and individuals to make smarter, more evolved choices to protect and sustain our planet. Unfortunately, as much as I try, I'm still in awe of how much energy we all waste. Whether I am walking, driving, or even on set, I am surrounded by massive amounts of wasted energy consumption. 


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Renewable-energy micro grids get smart - The Globe and Mail

Renewable-energy micro grids get smart - The Globe and Mail | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
Renewable-energy micro grids get smart The Globe and Mail A power outage will never be an excuse to skip class at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in the future, as the campus gets closer to building a “smart” micro grid system...
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More than 90% of people in European cities breathe dangerous air, study finds - The Guardian

More than 90% of people in European cities breathe dangerous air, study finds - The Guardian | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
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The study found that emissions had not reduced as much as expected in the past 10 years.
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El Niño cycle has a big effect on a major greenhouse gas - MIT News

El Niño cycle has a big effect on a major greenhouse gas - MIT News | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
RedOrbit El Niño cycle has a big effect on a major greenhouse gas MIT News From their simulations, the researchers discovered a surprising pattern: Regions around the world typically experience a decrease in nitrous oxide emissions during El Niño...
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The EU's Biggest Renewable Energy Source | Azimuth

Puzzle. The European Union has a goal of producing 20% of all its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Right now, which source of renewable energy does the EU use most? 1) wind 2) solar 3) hydropower 4) tides 5) ...
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NSW in state of emergency amid fears of potential mega-fire

NSW in state of emergency amid fears of potential mega-fire | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
NSW is in a state of emergency as authorities warn of an unparalleled fire emergency and a potential mega-fire.
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Researchers claim satellite data proves global warming caused by humans

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A team of climatologists with members from the U.S., Australia, Canada and Norway is claiming in a paper they've had published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that they have found proof that global warming is being caused by human influences. They are basing their claims on computer simulations they've run and data obtained from three decades' worth of satellite observations.

Most of the world's scientists agree that our planet is experiencing global warming. Most also generally support the theory that the cause of global warming is due to an increase in greenhouse gasses, primarily carbon dioxide. And while many also support the notion that the increase in greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere is likely due to human emissions, few are willing to go on record claiming that global warming is due directly to human activities. The researchers in this new effort are one such group and they claim they have proof.

Satellites, as most everyone knows, have been hovering over or circling our planet for over half a century. Over that time period they have grown progressively more sophisticated, measuring virtually every conceivable aspect of the planet below—from gas levels in the atmosphere to temperature readings on an averaged global scale, to the impact of natural events such as volcanic eruptions. It's this data the researchers used in their attempt to root out the true source of global warming.

 

The research team conducted a two stage study. The first involved creating computer models that simulated climate evolution over the past several decades under three different scenarios: a world without human influence, a world with only human influence and a world without human emissions or naturally occurring incidents such as volcanic eruptions. The second stage involved gathering data from satellites and comparing it with what the team had found in creating their simulations. They say patterns emerged that prove that human influence is the cause behind global warming. One example they cite is data that shows that the troposphere (the part of the atmosphere closest to us) has seen a steady rise in temperature over the past several decades, even as the layer just above it, the stratosphere, has cooled slightly.

 

But what has the team really convinced that humans are the true source behind global warming, is that they were unable to produce the type of warming we've seen with just natural events—it's only when human emissions are added to models that such a trend can be realistically simulated. That, they say, proves that human practices over the past several decades are responsible for global warming.


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With use of satellites, testing and various experiments, scientists are now able to prove that global warming is the cause that has been produced by humans. 

This theory has been proven by a stage two study - involving three satellites measuring the impact from three scenarios , one being without human influence, one with only human influences and one without natural or human emissions. 

With this experiment conducted, it was proven that humans are the cause behind Global Warming. 

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Solar and wind innovation reflected in booming patents

Solar and wind innovation reflected in booming patents | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
Innovation in solar, wind and other renewable power sources is booming worldwide, especially in China, and is now eclipsing that in fossil fuels. Number of renewable-energy patents has surged, study says.

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Understanding the Continued Dominance of Fossil Fuels

Understanding the Continued Dominance of Fossil Fuels | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
We live in a time where rapid change is pretty much the only certainty, but one thing that continues to rather stubbornly maintain the status quo is our energy mix.

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Lawmakers tackle alternative fuel vehicles' role in reducing air pollution - Deseret News

Lawmakers tackle alternative fuel vehicles' role in reducing air pollution - Deseret News | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
Lawmakers tackle alternative fuel vehicles' role in reducing air pollution
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100% renewable energy is possible - The Guardian

100% renewable energy is possible - The Guardian | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
Just looking at one set of renewable energy sources - offshore wind, wave and tidal - illustrates this plainly. The UK government's own Offshore Valuation Report from 2010 prepared in collaboration with industry found that just ...
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Hansen's Super El Nino Forecast Makes Him The World's Greatest ...

Hansen's Super El Nino Forecast Makes Him The World's Greatest ... | A Powerful World | Scoop.it
In a draft paper circulated to colleagues, NASA climate researcher James Hansen blames global warming for increasing the chance of extreme El Niños. When they happen, such extreme El Niños can wreak weather havoc ...
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CITGO Agrees to Reduce Air Pollution and Pay Penalty to Resolve Clean Air Act ... - U.S. EPA.gov (press release)

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