Global Warming Global warming is a reality that cannot be ignored or argued. Coral reefs are being "bleached", which happens when, because of excess

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Global Warming

Global warming is a reality that cannot be ignored or argued. Coral reefs are being "bleached", which happens when, because of excess CO2 in the ocean, the reefs release algae that not only helps keep the reef alive, but allows various fish to feed off it's nutrients.

For the first time in history, federal estimates issued in August indicate that Lake Mead, the heart of the lower Colorado basin’s water system — irrigating lettuce, onions and wheat in reclaimed corners of the Sonoran Desert, and lawns and golf courses from Las Vegas to Los Angeles — could drop below a crucial demarcation line of 1,075 feet. (see graphic below).

Acid Rain

Acid rain; (it really should be called acid precipitation because it comes in all forms), occurs because of the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is an event whereby the sun's rays pass through our atmosphere. Some of the heat from those rays get absorbed by the earth and then some of it gets released back into the atmosphere. The problem occurs when the heat that gets released by the earth gets "trapped" by various molecules and matter that are "stuck" in our atmosphere. Acid rain is caused when various emissions from the burning of fossil fuels such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, get released into the air. The molecules then cause intense damage to the atmosphere by attaching to dust particles of rain clouds, and also changing the chemical make-up of the ozone layer. Once the rain-cloud releases its precipitation, the acid's formed from the molecules fall to earth causing harmful effects to us and our environment.

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Graphic data courtesy of the US Department of the Interior, bureau of reclamation and the New York Times

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Data courtesy of www.climatecentral.org

Philadelphia Navy Yard Reborn as $122 Million Energy Innovation Hub

Article by Tina Casey

The Philadelphia Navy Yard, once home mainly to mothballed ships and notorious for asbestos contamination, has undergone a gradual transformation in the last ten years since the site was cleaned up and new businesses moved in. Now things are really starting to heat up. The U.S. Department of Energy will put up $122 million for a new “Energy Innovation Hub” to be located at the Navy Yard, featuring a partnership between United Technologies and Pennsylvania State University.

The Philadelphia Navy Yard and New Green Jobs

At its peak during World War II, the Philadelphia Navy Yard had a workforce of 40,000, but things trickled down to a crawl after the war and the last Navy ship was built there in 1970. The site was cleaned up in the 1990′s and by 2000 the first of about 80 new businesses started to move in. The current workforce is about 7,500, and that seems due to shoot up with additional clean energy investments. Aside from new green jobs generated by the Energy Hub, the Navy Yard has just been tapped to host the largest urban solar energy installation in the U.S.

A Miniature City to Test-Run New Clean Technologies

The new Energy Hub is one of three such facilities being developed by the Department of Energy. Its full name is the Energy-Efficient Building Systems Design Hub, and the Navy Yard was selected as an ideal location because it includes more than 200 buildings that are powered by an independent electric microgrid. This “virtual municipality” will become a real-life testing ground for new energy saving technologies as well as greenhouse gas reduction related to building systems, presumably in United Technologies’s areas of expertise which include heating and air conditioning systems as well as elevators and escalators, along with various aerospace products.

Tina Casey - Clean Technica

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Mountaintop Coal Removal and The Terminator Speaks...

On Our Radar: Schwarzenegger Slams Climate Law Repeal... full commentary

If mountain-top removal coal mining is so bad for our environment and it is only a small percentage of the total amount of coal mined; why not outlaw it?

Check out this commentary and tell me what you think: proSeedblog

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The Precious Commodity of Water — Water is a valuable resource, which is why the Fraunhofer Alliance SysWasser is demonstrating how we can extract precious drinking water from air, discover a leak in pipeline systems and even effectively clean sewage water at the IFAT/Entsorga fair...read on

enXco Helps Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to Add 50 MW to its Clean Energy Portfolio - The project conceived and formulated by enXco is owned by SCPPA. The SCPPA project that brings in CO2 free clean power to the city includes its other participating members such as City of Glendale and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)...read on

No on California Prop 23: It’s getting HOT out here! - Temperatures hit an all-time high this week across much of Southern California – according to records that date back 133 years...read on

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