(June 22, 2011)
In a report issued to the UN, a team of scientists indicated that the world’s oceans may be in far worse condition than previously thought. Acidification caused by carbon dioxide absorption, dead zones from agricultural runoff, and the loss of oxygen from the water all appear to be occurring at increasing rates, “creating conditions similar to those found at the start of major die-offs of marine species in the past, suggesting that the world is at the cusp of another mass extinction event.”
(June 21, 2011)
New research shows that temperature and sea levels have been rising and falling in conjunction for at least the last 1000 years. Along the Eastern US coast, the sea level is rising faster than it has for at least the last 2000 years.
Planting trees ‘no magic bullet’ for climate change: Research finds benefits marginal, especially in northern climes
(June 20, 2011)
The Vancouver Sun
(June 16, 2011)
Expiring government incentives and falling panel prices created an increase in the amount of solar capacity installed in the US in the first quarter. 252 megawatts of photovoltaic power capacity were installed in the first quarter of 2011, compared with 152 megawatts in 2010. Installations were: 59% commercial and government projects, 28% residential, and 13% utility scale plants.
In two reports issued June 15, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) finds that most states with energy efficiency standards are on track to meet their goals, but future barriers could provide significant challenges for programs in upcoming years.
This report examines the 19 states that have had energy efficiency standards in place for more than 2 years to find that the majority of goals are being met or are on track, and that energy-saving policies set by states area working. The report also examines the issues that affect the states’ performances in meeting energy savings targets.
This report outlines key strategies that states are using to successfully meet Energy Efficiency Resource Standards.