SolarCity, a California-based solar energy company, is hoping to revolutionize the renewable energy industry, which has been suffering from difficult financial times as of late. Unlike most solar companies, which involve the production of energy at centralized locations and require distribution systems, SolarCity installs solar panels directly on people’s roofs and manages them remotely. By
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the volume of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2011. CO2, the primary anthropogenic greenhouse gas, reached 390.9 parts per million (ppm) in 2011, 40% higher than pre-industrial levels. This value has increased by an average of 2ppm globally over the past decade. The
According to a statement from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, 2012 will likely rank somewhere in the top 10 hottest years on record globally. Furthermore, this past year polar ice sheets have been melting at record rates due to rising sea surface temperatures. The
Chicago is quickly becoming one of the leading cities in cleantech technology research. Argonne National Laboratory, just ouside the city, was recently selected to host the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). The goal of this center is to improve battery technologies, making them higher performance while at the same time reducing their cost.
The article “The Future of Water” reflects on a new study of the National Academy of Sciences that calculates “humanity’s water footprint.” According to the article, the war of the next century will be over water. Why is water important for life? About 70% of the Earth is made up of water and every known