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Going green- these two words are getting plenty of media coverage these days. Internet, newspapers, TV- they all say our society should go green in order to help our environment, and our planet in general. But what have we actually done to help our environment? The answer is not that much. It is still plenty of talk and very little action.

Go green means doing the necessary steps to improve the environmental state of our planet. The start of industrial revolution has done plenty of goods in terms of tehcnological development of our civilization but has also caused major damage to our environment in the process. If we continue this trend humanity will come to the point of no return, and we will be left with no options to save our planet from the worst possible scenario.

This can be done on many different ways, and anything you do for our environment matters. You can do recycling and reusing when possible, taking shorter showers, not taking your car when not necessary, using less electricity, or let some renewable energy system to cover the energy demand of your household. Many small things can in the end turn out to be one big thing. But how to convince people to go green? Do we use scientific or economic reasons when explaining them?

Scientific reasons are associated with different environmental problems like water and air pollution or for instance climate change and global warming. You can try to explain to people that if we continue this current trend of over-exploiting our planet all these problems will further grow in years to come, and will threat the survival of many people across the globe.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2016 08:16

Is wind energy the right option for China to reduce its carbon footprint?

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China is still the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter. Despite the huge growth of national renewable energy industry coal still remains the king among energy sources thus preventing the country from reducing its carbon footprint.

Is wind power the way to go in order for China to reduce its huge greenhouse gas emissions? The Chinese are already committed to an energy plan under which country should produce at least 20% of its energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030.

There have been several studies conducted with the purpose to determine China's wind energy potential. All of them have one thing in common, namely plentiful wind resources for China to exploit.The latest study conducted by the researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University of Beijing says that China could generate 11.9 percent of its primary energy demand from wind in the year 2030.


Iowa to become nation's wind energy leader

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Could Iowa soon become leading U.S. state in terms of wind power capacity? If we are to believe the recent announcement by MidAmerican Energy company than the answer is one big yes. The company recently announced a major wind energy project, called Wind XI, a gigantic project that once finished will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa.

If this project would to fully go through the state would satisfy more than 40 percent of its energy needs from wind – roughly enough to power 800,000 homes.

Iowa is already one of nations' renewable energy leaders, in terms of both wind and solar energy production. Every newly installed wind turbine in Iowa means income for farmers as well as jobs for many people.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:11

The five main advantages of using LED lights

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LED lighting is overtaking conventional lighting in large parts of the modern world. Many people think that LED lighting is a brand new technology but in fact LED lights have been available for some time now. Drastic improvements in costs and efficiency were the driving force behind the rapid progress of LED light technologies.

But let us look more closely at the main advantages of using LED lights.

1. Obviously the most talked about advantage of using LED lights is their long life. We are talking here about the lifespan of up to 100,000 hours. What this basically means that with the average use of 8 hours per day it would take approximately 20 years before you'd be in need of replacing the LED bulb. Though, of course, it is true that over a long period of time the lighting diodes become less bright but this doesn't happen before you enjoy plenty of years with continuous operation.

2. LED lights are energy efficient. The fact is that energy efficiency is of great value to today's modern society. LED bulbs have estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. Traditional light bulbs can provide only around 20% of energy efficiency meaning that lots of energy gets wasted in the process and is turned into heat. Better energy efficiency means also reducing energy bills and saving money, especially on the long run.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2016 12:23

Wind rules EU clean energy market

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EU continues to push for more clean energy sources, with wind energy leading the way. According to the latest EWEA (European wind energy association) report 13 GW of new wind capacity was added to the EU grid last year. Gas and coal are still the biggest power sources in EU but wind power capacity continues to grow at very high rate.

Wind energy now provides a total of 142GW of capacity in Europe, and is getting close to the capacity of gas and coal. The current EU gas capacity is 192GW and coal capacity is at 159GW.

EU's wind energy leader is Germany, which accounts for almost half of the newly installed capacity, with 6GW being installed in 2015, bringing the country's total installed wind capacity to remarkable 45GW.


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