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300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds | InfobytesTV

300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds | InfobytesTV | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we're reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we're in for an exciting ride. While there's a real ris.
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Global warming a reality we are responsible for: UN

Global warming a reality we are responsible for: UN | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
The landmark report is likely to rekindle debate over the fossil fuels powering the world’s economies.

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More downsides of fossil fuels...(there aren't many upsides, anyhow)

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Solar Power & Wind Power Now Cheaper Than Coal Power In US

Solar Power & Wind Power Now Cheaper Than Coal Power In US | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

It’s less costly to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels than coal-fired power plants when climate change costs and other health impacts are factored in, according to a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

In fact—using the official U.S. government estimates of health and environmental costs from burning fossil fuels—the study shows it’s cheaper to replace a typical existing coal-fired power plant with a wind turbine than to keep the old plant running. And new electricity generation from wind could be more economically efficient than natural gas.


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More benefits of renewable energy...it's hard to imagine how we could say something good about fossil fuels with all these kinds of articles we're getting.

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yongyee yang's comment, September 27, 2013 1:41 PM
I think that its nice to have cleaner fuel that is cheaper than the fossil fuels we have been using. Its really great how technology has advanced to the point where we can start using smarter energy resources and keep the world and everything in it cleaner.
Mallory Christy's comment, September 27, 2013 3:06 PM
I also agree with Yong.
Vanessa Chapman's curator insight, September 29, 2013 6:38 PM

This article is a great example of why we should change to wind and solar electricity! I don't understand why big factory producers still continue to use coal. Facts show that wind/solar power is cheaper. Producers would make more money from using wind/solar electricity. They would also be helping the enviroment and the Earth. If we can start a change in how we produce electricity with solar/wind instead of coal, we can help our Earth! Wind turbines spin creating electricity. The sun also can provide electricity in and eniromentally friendly way. These are both acts of nauture and great sources of power. Cloudy days, or non-windy days should't effect it to much because the energy can be stored from previous days. It would be amazing if we could get more factories to change to wind/solar power and stop endangering the Earth!

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Stop denying climate science and ACT! (before people realize it’s a scam)

Stop denying climate science and ACT! (before people realize it’s a scam) | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Stop denying climate science and ACT!(before people realize it's a scam), Collapsing science, economies and international cooperation require that we refuse to act, tax, using fossil fuels is revenue neutral, CO2...

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Luster Class 2's comment, September 27, 2013 11:21 AM
A very different point of view on global warming.
Luster Class 2's comment, September 27, 2013 11:31 AM
However, I still disagree with this article.
Luster Class 2's comment, September 27, 2013 11:32 AM
The website is pretty disturbing, but focus on the article.
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Christian charity launches fossil fuels divestment campaign for churches - Blue & Green Tomorrow

Christian charity launches fossil fuels divestment campaign for churches - Blue & Green Tomorrow | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Christian charity launches fossil fuels divestment campaign for churches
Blue & Green Tomorrow
Climate change-focused religious group Operation Noah has called on churches to ditch their assets in fossil fuels and take the lead in ethical investment.
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NREL: Wind, solar power benefits can outweigh fossil fuel costs - Denver Business Journal (blog)

NREL: Wind, solar power benefits can outweigh fossil fuel costs - Denver Business Journal (blog) | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Ars Technica NREL: Wind, solar power benefits can outweigh fossil fuel costs Denver Business Journal (blog) Increasing the amount of renewable energy on the grid increases maintenance costs for coal- and natural gas-fired power plants, but savings...
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Looks like fossil fuels have lost the war--but they havent given up quite yet :P

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At the Limits of the Market Part 2: Why Capitalism Hasn't Solved Climate Change | DeSmogCanada

At the Limits of the Market Part 2: Why Capitalism Hasn't Solved Climate Change | DeSmogCanada | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

One answer to the question of why free market capitalism has failed to generate technological solutions to the crisis of climate change is that green innovation simply isn’t as profitable as speculation. In an era when financial markets generate record profits and investment banks are too big to fail, the long work of investment, research and construction of new energy infrastructure simply isn’t attractive to profit-seeking corporations.

 

Faced with the clear failure of the free market to respond to the approaching dangers of climate change, politicians have reacted by attempting to coax corporations into serving the needs of people as well as the bottom line. This is typically referred to as finding “market-based solutions.” It sounds good at first: we’ll harness the best minds in the private sector to develop new technology, create new jobs and solve climate change in the process.

 

But all too often the phrase “market-based solutions” works as a kind of coded communication. In effect, it signals to corporations that the government will not take any measures that could interfere with their business model. Rather than impose meaningful restrictions on emissions or the extraction of fossil fuels, market-based solutions focus on changing behavior by creating the right set of incentives.  

 

But without strong penalties to go along with those incentives—a stick alongside the carrot—market-based solutions simply end up creating profitable new markets without addressing the underlying economic drivers of climate change.


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Dirty Hands: 77 ALEC Bills in 2013 Advance a Big Oil, Big Ag Agenda - #IdleNoMore #DirtyOil #TarSands #Keystone #DirtyEnergy #HonorMotherEarth

Dirty Hands: 77 ALEC Bills in 2013 Advance a Big Oil, Big Ag Agenda - #IdleNoMore #DirtyOil #TarSands #Keystone #DirtyEnergy #HonorMotherEarth | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

At least 77 bills to oppose renewable energy standards, support fracking and the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, and otherwise undermine environmental laws were introduced in 34 states in 2013, according to a new analysis from the Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of ALECexposed.org. In addition, nine states have been inspired by ALEC's "Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act" to crack down on videographers documenting abuses on factory farms. 

ALEC, Fueled by Fossil Fuel Industry, Pursues Retrograde Energy Agenda

 

For decades, ALEC has been a favored conduit for some of the worlds largest polluters, like Koch Industries, BP, Shell, Chevron, and Exxon Mobil, and for decades has promoted less environmental regulation and more drilling and fracking. 

ALEC bills in recent years have pulled states out of regional climate initiatives, opposed carbon dioxide emission standards, created hurdles for state agencies attempting to regulate pollution, and tried to stop the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation introduced in 2013 carries on this legacy. ALEC bills favor the fossil fuel barons and promote a retrograde energy agenda that pollutes our air and water and is slowly cooking the planet to what may soon be devastating temperatures.

 

"Disregarding science at every turn, ALEC is willing to simply serve as a front for the fossil fuel industry," says Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. "Given the stakes--the earth's climate--that's shabby and sad."


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At least 77 bills to oppose renewable energy standards, support fracking and the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, and otherwise undermine environmental laws were introduced in 34 states in 2013, according to a new analysis from the Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of ALECexposed.org. In addition, nine states have been inspired by ALEC's "Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act" to crack down on videographers documenting abuses on factory farms. - #IdleNoMore #DirtyOil #TarSands #Keystone #DirtyEnergy #HonorMotherEarth

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The next frontier: Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, outlines his vision for sustainable development

The next frontier: Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, outlines his vision for sustainable development | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
CLIMATE science tells us unequivocally that we need to “decarbonise” much of the energy system by the middle of this century. Yet advanced techniques for extracting fossil fuels—fracking, new deep-ocean drilling and the like—dominate today’s economic and political discussion. 

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, September 21, 2013 7:53 AM

"The UN’s Montreal Protocol successfully brought together scientists, industry and government to head off world-threatening ozone depletion. New technologies were spurred and rapidly diffused as a result.

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Setting goals is one thing; achieving them quite another. All of these SDGs would require an overhaul of technology systems, whether for health, energy, transport, food supplies or safer cities. Target-driven technological change of this sort is very different from the normal evolutionary path of established industries competing through incremental changes in products and processes."

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People unaware about CO Gas, Burning of Fossil Fuels - TopNews New Zealand

People unaware about CO Gas, Burning of Fossil Fuels - TopNews New Zealand | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
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People unaware about CO Gas, Burning of Fossil Fuels
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People unaware about CO Gas, Burning of Fossil Fuels The Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is observed from September 23 to 29.
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Sounds terrible. Life lesson: stay away from carbon monoxide!

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Why Are We Still Propping Up Fossil Fuels? - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Why Are We Still Propping Up Fossil Fuels? - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
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Why Are We Still Propping Up Fossil Fuels?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
What is the single biggest misconception people have about renewable energy in the U.S.? And why do you think they have this misconception?
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Just the first part.
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Eliminating fossil fuels from your investment portfolio - CNBC.com

Eliminating fossil fuels from your investment portfolio - CNBC.com | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Environmentally sustainable investing is an urgent topic on many campuses, but individual investors can make their portfolios greener, too.
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Luster Class 2's comment, September 24, 2013 11:36 AM
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Forecast: Does abundance create a mirage of cheap, stable energy supplies? --

With oil sands, shale, the Arctic, and deepwater oil, the energy industry may tout fossil fuels as far as the eye can see.

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Fossil Fuels Need to Stay Unburned to Meet Climate Target - Bloomberg

Fossil Fuels Need to Stay Unburned to Meet Climate Target - Bloomberg | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
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Most known reserves of fossil fuels will need to stay unburned to stop temperatures rising beyond a United Nations target that seeks to curb climate-change dangers.
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The Crew's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:01 AM

The ability to reach this Climate Target is very much in our reach, and the people of our nation need to exert the maximum amount of effort to achieve it. In order to minimize the burning of fossil fuels, everyone must band together to decide that this is a worthy cause and thoroughly restrict their usage of nonrenewable resources. -Hannah

Aimee Knight's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:19 AM

With enough global cooporation, the "Climate Target" is undoubtly a goal we can meet. I think it is wonderful that the world is being exposed to the truth that we can't last much longer at our current rate. For so long it was "okay" to waste energy, but, as the effects are beginning to show themselves, we know otherwise. In my opinion, we should be doing whatever possible to make this target a very real reality.

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Hansen Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High, Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Make Most Of Planet ‘Uninhabitable’

Hansen Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High, Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Make Most Of Planet ‘Uninhabitable’ | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Burning all fossil fuels would be a true scorched Earth policy. A new study by James Hansen et al finds that would warm land areas on average 36°F and the poles a stunning 54°F.

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Vanessa Chapman's curator insight, September 29, 2013 3:25 PM

The burning of our fossil fuels could potentionally make Earth an unliveable place. If we continue to use our fossil fuels we could end life on Earth as we know it. Some of the main carbon producing fossil fuels are coal, oil, and gas. These are 3 major materials we use in everyday life. We use it from daily transporation to our major factory producers. I think something needs to be done! For the future of Earth's life and for our existance now. We don't realized that everyday we're endangering ourselves more and more. We need to be aware of the things occuring around us and start finding new ways to go about our everyday lives without the uses of fossil fuels that are endangering us.

 

Samantha Fuller's comment, October 2, 2013 11:03 PM
I agree that we are over using fossil fuels way too much. It will be interesting to see what point it gets to before the world makes a change, and what changes we make. I didn't realize that the the three major materials used all contribute to the problem of using to much fossil fuel.
JMS 1 Tutorial Group 8's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:53 AM

this could become a reality as fossil fuels are used for so many industries, especially transport. Is this the future of the world? maybe electric powered and alternative energy vehicles really are the way to go

 

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#TarSands and #DirtyOil Tricks - e New Yorker's statement that "climate change could become uncontainable"

#TarSands and #DirtyOil Tricks - e New Yorker's statement that "climate change could become uncontainable" | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

The New Yorker's statement that "climate change could become uncontainable," unfortunately, is not science fiction. If we are so foolish as to burn all fossil fuels, including all coal and unconventional fuels, that result is nearly certain.

 

The New Yorker just published (16 September issue) an excellent article "The President and the Pipeline" on Tom Steyer and the campaign to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Unfortunately, advocates for the Canadian government's position ("industry officials") were able to slip in a statement that was not fact checked with me: "They note that Hansen's dire warning about Canada's unconventional oil deposits was based on the assumption that every ounce of oil in the sands would be burned. Only a small fraction of the total estimated reserves is recoverable, and doing so will take decades."


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Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:27 AM

The New Yorker just published (16 September issue) an excellent article "The President and the Pipeline" on Tom Steyer and the campaign to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Unfortunately, advocates for the Canadian government's position ("industry officials") were able to slip in a statement that was not fact checked with me: "They note that Hansen's dire warning about Canada's unconventional oil deposits was based on the assumption that every ounce of oil in the sands would be burned. Only a small fraction of the total estimated reserves is recoverable, and doing so will take decades." #INM #NOKXL #DIRTYOIL 

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Renewable Energy Predicted to Boom, Surpass Natural Gas | Scientific American

Renewable Energy Predicted to Boom, Surpass Natural Gas | Scientific American | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

Within the next three years, renewable power could surpass natural gas as the second most prevalent source of electricity generation globally, behind only coal, according to a new forecast by the International Energy Agency.

 

Hydropower accounts for about four-fifths of renewable generation and will continue to dominate the world's renewable portfolio into the foreseeable future, according to the IEA's "Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report" for 2013. But the gains made by the sector as a whole come from other sources of clean energy, particularly onshore wind.

 

Speaking yesterday at the release of the five-year forecast, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said despite a dip in growth during 2012, the renewable energy sector continued to make impressive gains.

 

"The rapid rate of growth of renewables, at least in the electricity sector, is very much in line with that needed to stay on the trajectory associated with IEA low-carbon energy scenarios," she said.

 

The challenge to international climate targets, however, has been a simultaneous surge in the growth of fossil fuels. The growth in supply from North American tight oil and gas producers coupled with demand growth in developing countries means that despite technological development and international efforts, the carbon intensity of the global energy supply has barely changed over the past 20 years, van der Hoeven said.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This is sort of like the wind and solar power outweighing fossil fuels article...

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Luster Class 2's comment, September 26, 2013 1:04 PM
There are plenty of articles about how, in the U.S, solar and wind energy are cheaper than coal.
Vanessa Chapman's curator insight, September 27, 2013 1:44 PM

This article says within the next three years renewable power could pass up nautral gas. This would make it the top 2nd choice of electirity. The top choice would be coal at this time. 4/5ths of the renewable gerneration is Hydropower. Wind is also being used to create electricity to help the enviorment. 

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A Climate Alarm, Too Muted for Some | NYTimes.com

A Climate Alarm, Too Muted for Some | NYTimes.com | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

This month, the world will get a new report from a United Nations panel about the science of climate change. Scientists will soon meet in Stockholm to put the finishing touches on the document, and behind the scenes, two big fights are brewing.

 

In one case, we have a lot of mainstream science that says if human society keeps burning fossil fuels with abandon, considerable land ice could melt and the ocean could rise as much as three feet by the year 2100. We have some outlier science that says the problem could be quite a bit worse than that, with a maximum rise exceeding five feet.

 

The drafters of the report went with the lower numbers, choosing to treat the outlier science as not very credible.

 

In the second case, we have mainstream science that says if the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere doubles, which is well on its way to happening, the long-term rise in the temperature of the earth will be at least 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but more likely above 5 degrees. We have outlier science that says the rise could come in well below 3 degrees.

 

In this case, the drafters of the report lowered the bottom end in a range of temperatures for how much the earth could warm, treating the outlier science as credible.

 

Climate change skeptics often disparage these periodic reports from the United Nations, claiming that the panel writing them routinely stretches the boundaries of scientific evidence to make the problem look as dire as possible. So it is interesting to see that in these two important cases, the panel seems to be bending over backward to be scientifically conservative.

 

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Keystone pipeline, climate change, and the problem of fossil fuel demand - Christian Science Monitor

Keystone pipeline, climate change, and the problem of fossil fuel demand - Christian Science Monitor | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Christian Science Monitor Keystone pipeline, climate change, and the problem of fossil fuel demand Christian Science Monitor American political conservatives like to say that their strategy of tax cuts all the time is designed to "starve the...
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If we have to use fossil fuels to manufacture renewable plants ...

If we have to use fossil fuels to manufacture renewable plants ... | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
In this post, Marco Raugei makes a fundamental point about an often raised question: if we have to use fossil fuels to manufacture renewable plants, doesn't it mean that renewables are useless? Raugei's answer is a ...
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Extending Fossil Fuels: Super-Efficient (118 MPG) Hybrid Combustion Engine ... - Science World Report

Extending Fossil Fuels: Super-Efficient (118 MPG) Hybrid Combustion Engine ... - Science World Report | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
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Extending Fossil Fuels: Super-Efficient (118 MPG) Hybrid Combustion Engine ...

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Auston Kelling's comment, October 2, 2013 12:12 PM
WOW that was a great article
James Krall's comment, October 2, 2013 12:16 PM
This is such a cool article and I think that this could definitely change the way we see automobiles.
James Krall's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:20 AM

I think that this engine is the engine of the future. This engine gets 118 miles per gallon, and it said to not compromise performance. The engine runs off of natural gas and diesel, which makes the a more green engine. This engine is what could possibly make the future a more greener place. It is said that this engine could be in mass production in the next 5 years. 

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Tropical forest carbon absorption may hinge on an odd couple

Tropical forest carbon absorption may hinge on an odd couple | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 20, 2013 - A unique housing arrangement between a specific group of tree species and a carbo-loading bacteria may determine how well tropical forests can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a Princeton University-based study. The findings suggest that the role of tropical forests in offsetting the atmospheric buildup of carbon from fossil fuels depends on tree diversity, particularly in forests recovering from exploitation.


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New Zealand: More dioceses vote to divest from fossil fuels

[Anglican Taonga] The dioceses of Wellington and Waiapu have voted to remove all of their investments in companies that extract or produce fossil fuels. The Wellington decision came at the annual synod in Palmerston North ...
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Are Fossil Fuels Necessary? « Breaking Energy - Energy industry ...

Are Fossil Fuels Necessary? « Breaking Energy - Energy industry ... | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
A question that frequently surfaces in discussions about energy and environment is why we continue to use fossil fuels, rather than transition to cleaner energy sources, given the threats posed by climate change.
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Shows how important fossil fuels are--regardless of the pollution--to our community.

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