Browsing the "clean" Tag

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will Not Deny Love Affair with Solar Panel

February 8th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

"I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar."


Rio+20 Conference Calls for Pollution Action, but Bickering Continues

June 25th, 2012 | by Dr Vandana Prakash

At the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, New Zealand teenager Brittany Trilfold told the world to stop bickering and focus on protecting the environment better for her future and for the future of the world. Twenty years previously, 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki had done the exact same thing. This insight from these youth is much-needed advice for the two largest polluting economies in the world, the US and China, but will they listen


Cartoon Calendar Illustrates How Clean Water Access Impacts Women

April 24th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Having ready access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted. However everyone would treat water much differently if we were forced to walk for miles every day just to transport a few gallons of this precious resource. The Women's UN Report Program & Network (WUNRN) is helping to get the word out about how the lack of access to potable water disproportionately impacts women and girls with a new cartoon calendar designed to help raise awareness about this vital issue


Google’s $280 Million Investment in Building U.S. Solar Energy Infrastructure

July 23rd, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Why did we have to wait for Google to invest in building our solar energy infrastructure? What has happened to the government's commitment to green energy and creating jobs in the green sector? It looks like it took the money-making minds of Silicon Valley to come up with the idea of backing this brilliant scheme. SolarCity says they don't have to beat the price of coal, they only have to beat the price the consumer pays its utility company. The consumer will vote with their dollars even if they don't care about being green at all. It looks like with the help of Silicon Valley and Solar City, capitalism may eventually trick the United States into going green


Legal Marijuana and Nuclear Free World = Economic Sustainability?

June 20th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

Britain's Guardian newspaper just published two very astute articles on different topics which both relate to our collective economic future. The first post, "Germany is Right to Opt Out of Nuclear", details the European country's recent rejection of nuclear power for primarily financial reasons. The newspaper explains that clean renewable energy is not only much safer and more affordable than nuclear, it is also a far more sustainable and reliable source of energy: "If we could open up just a part of the world's deserts for solar energy, we could satisfy the energy needs of the whole of civilisation. No one can take possession of sunlight; no one can privatise or nationalise it. Everyone can open up this source of energy for himself or herself and profit from it."


Switzerland Abandons Nuclear Power

May 25th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

The Swiss government just voted on Wednesday to abandon nuclear power in their country; their last reactor will finally go offline in 2034. The nation's five remaining nuclear power plants will slowly be phased out, and no new reactors will be built. The government had already suspended approval for three new nuclear power stations in March, due to safety concerns


Who Won the Wastewater Wars?

May 14th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

Many people who enjoy the hundreds of acres of stunning wildlife preserve that comprise the Arcata Marsh and municipal water treatment wetlands have no idea just how difficult it was for the project to initially ever get off the ground. Not so many years ago there was a great deal of opposition to even allowing research on this sustainable idea; neighboring cities and regional officials were pushing hard for the county to spend tens of millions of dollars to build a conventional water treatment plant, and bitterly rallied against the construction of Arcata's facility. The contentious political struggle lasted from 1972-79, a period of time known as the "Wastewater Wars"


Note of Optimism from an Earth Day Hater

April 22nd, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

Even though I am something of a bitter Earth Day hater, I was immediately engrossed by the compelling video. The simple and elegant short conveys its vital message very powerfully. Clean air, clean water, healthy food to eat, so many of us are not even getting their most basic needs met. It makes me realize just how much we really have, how many things we waste, and how many natural gifts we may not ever appreciate, until they are poisoned, dead and gone


“No Fracking Way” — A Hydraulic Fracturing Protest Anthem

March 24th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

Every movement needs an anthem. Whether it is to save a river or end a war, a well written song can clearly communicate the message and rally public support more effectively than hours of speeches and protests. Now the organized effort to end the toxic mining process of hydraulic fracturing has its own song, thanks to the musician Marc Black


Say Goodbye to Nuclear Power

March 20th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

It's the end of the world as we know it, but that is not a bad thing. This is the dawn of a new era in which the planet's residents finally realize that nuclear energy was a really bad idea. The horrific growing nuclear meltdown crisis in Japan is hopefully going to be the wake up call that we need to begin dismantling all of the nuclear reactors on the planet. Sustainable energy sources, like solar and wind, are now not only far cheaper than nuclear power, they are safe, clean and easy to repair when something goes wrong


Philadelphia’s “Green City, Clean Waters” Plan Creates a New Sustainable Infrastructure

December 12th, 2010 | by Rhonda Winter

Devastating gas pipe explosions and bridge collapses are painful examples of how our nation's infrastructure is rapidly crumbling. There is, however, some reason to be optimistic about how we can actually fix these problems. A few municipalities are now using the opportunity to rebuild their decaying infrastructure in a new way, choosing solutions that are not only more sustainable, but also more affordable



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