The effect of climate change on Washington State could be $10 BILLION per year.
Summer in Winter?
A huge, lingering ridge of high pressure over the eastern half of the United States brought summer-like temperatures to North America in March 2012. The warm weather shattered records across the central and eastern United States and much of Canada. From NASA’s Earth Observatory.
A new study identifies locations that would be suitable for various types of power plants, weighing considerations like population density, the availability of water and vulnerability to quakes. Red color indicates more obstacles to development.
“To reach a low-cost, low-carbon electricity system in the West, UC Berkeley energy researchers propose this combo of power sources as one possible solution. A carbon tax (placing CO2 at about $70/ton) could help the West reach a goal of 54 percent of 1990 emissions by 2030, according to their models. (Credit: UCB/James Nelson.)”
U.S. approves first new nuclear power plant in a generation
There are plans to build the first new nuclear plant in 30 years in spite of safety concerns stemming from Japan’s Fukushima disaster.
What is the true cost of a gallon of gasoline? And why do prices vary from country to country? An interesting animation from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
All of the top emitters listed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s inventory of greenhouse gas producers, released early this year, are coal-fired power plants. Western coal, in particular from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, contributes significantly to those emissions. And though our region’s inhabitants feel fewer of the impacts of burning it, we’re not in the clear: Already-arid Western regions will become disproportionally drier than the more verdant East as a result of climate change.
SOOOO adorable. From a collection of polar bear images from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska.
How would you spend $7 billion?
Two proposed energy projects (each with a $7 billion price tag) present two very different directions for America’s future. Which would you choose?
Very powerful paintings of polar bears, from painter Sally Linder’s “Approaching a Threshold” series. Linder’s artist statement is a quote:
The polar bear may be just the canary in the coal mine… If we can save the polar bears, we will ultimately save ourselves.
Linder was featured in NRDC’s OnEarth magazine, with images and an interview.