NewEnergyNews: THE REAL HUNGER GAMES

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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • TODAY’S STUDY: New Energy Now
  • QUICK NEWS, July 26: How Smart Buildings Can Use New Energy; U.S. Ocean Wind Industry About To Be Born; Idaho Farmers Sow Solar, Reap Rewards
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: How Utility Rates Can Let New Energy Make The Grid Stronger
  • QUICK NEWS, July 25: The Solar Numbers; Target Targets Wind; Wave Energy Gets Lloyd’s Approval For First Time
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • Weekend Video: It’s Time To Choose
  • Weekend Video: Solutions From Our Millennials
  • Weekend Video: Coal In The Water, Clean In The Wind
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Save $2 Trillion – Stop Climate Change
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Germany Hits World Solar-Plus-Storage High
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Aussie Media Gets Facts Way Wrong On Wind
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Dubai To Study Geothermal, Ocean Energy Potential
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, July 21:

  • TTTA Thursday-The Climate Change Secret In The Great Trees
  • TTTA Thursday-Solar Makes A Home’s Value Grow
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind In The Stock Market
  • TTTA Thursday-Doc Brown Lives! Flux Capacitor Is World’s Fastest Car
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Utility-scale solar booms as costs drop
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The backbone for the modern grid
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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    Some details about NewEnergyNews and the man behind the curtain: Herman K. Trabish, Agua Dulce, CA., Doctor with my hands, Writer with my head, Student of New Energy and Human Experience with my heart

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  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, July 27:

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: How utility-solar collaborations are helping solar grow
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: GE’s digital power plant
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The now and future impacts of energy storage

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    THE REAL HUNGER GAMES

    Hunger Games; The rich world is causing the famines it claims to be preventing.

    George Monbiot, August 13, 2012 (UK Guardian)

    “…You should by now have heard about the famine developing in the Sahel region of West Africa. Poor harvests and high food prices threaten the lives of some 18 million people. The global price of food is likely to rise still further, as a result of low crop yields in the United States, caused by the worst drought in 50 years. World cereal prices, in response to this disaster, climbed 17% last month…

    “We have been cautious about attributing such events to climate change: perhaps too cautious. A new paper by James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, shows that there has been a sharp increase in the frequency of extremely hot summers…Between 1951 and 1980 these events affected between 0.1 and 0.2% of the world’s land surface each year. Now, on average, they affect 10%...Both the droughts in the Sahel and the US crop failures are likely to be the result of climate change.”

    “…Biofuels are the means by which governments in the rich world avoid hard choices. Rather than raise fuel economy standards as far as technology allows, rather than promoting a shift from driving to public transport, walking and cycling, rather than insisting on better town planning to reduce the need to travel, they have chosen to exchange our wild overconsumption of petroleum for the wild overconsumption of fuel made from crops…40% of US corn (maize) production is used to feed cars…

    “…The European Commission admits that its target (10% of transport fuels by 2020) will raise world cereal prices by between 3 and 6%...[W]ith every 1% increase in the price of food, another 16 million people go hungry…By 2021, the OECD says, 14% of the world’s maize and other coarse grains, 16% of its vegetable oil and 34% of its sugarcane will be used…[though when all impacts are considered] biofuels produce more greenhouse gases than fossil fuels…Even second generation biofuels, made from crop wastes or wood, are an environmental disaster…The combination of first and second generation biofuels – encouraging farmers to plough up grasslands and to leave the soil bare – and hot summers could create the perfect conditions for a new dust bowl…”

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