Monthly Archives: July 2013

World Solar Power Topped 100,000 Megawatts in 2012

By J. Matthew Roney The world installed 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012—an all-time annual high that pushed global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. There is now enough PV operating to meet the household electricity needs of nearly … Continue reading

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Fossil Fuel Use Pushes Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Dangerous Territory

By Emily E. Adams Increasing global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a heat-trapping gas, are pushing the world into dangerous territory, closing the window of time to avert the worst consequences of higher temperatures, such as melting ice and rising … Continue reading

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Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

By Lester R. Brown Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without … Continue reading

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Full Planet, Empty Plates: Chapter 4. Food or Fuel?

By Lester R. Brown At the time of the Arab oil export embargo in the 1970s, the importing countries were beginning to ask themselves if there were alternatives to oil. In a number of countries, particularly the United States, several … Continue reading

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