A Major Breakthrough on Carbon Cuts Announced by USA and China

Carbon Cuts Announced by USA and China

Deal between USA and China positively surprised people around the world.

China and the United States have made surprising announcement on cutting their greenhouse gas output. USA agreeing to reduce their emission levels 26-28% below 2005 levels by year 2025. While China, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, is committed to cap their carbon emissions 20% by year 2030.

The deal made secretly between US. president Barock Obama and president of China, Xi Jinping, was announced in public earlier today. “As the world’s two largest economies, energy consumers and emitters of greenhouse gases, we have a special responsibility to lead the global effort against climate change,” Obama stated in a joint news conference with president Xi.

The announcement has been taken positively around the world. People seem overall excited that USA has finally taken a step towards renewable energy alternatives and admitted their responsibility in reducing the emission levels. Whereas the country did not participate in Kyoto Protocol back in 2008.

We are all hoping that their plan is working as people now expect and we will see positive results within next years.

5 Unusual Sources of Green Energy

An image of abstract green energy concept with green earth.
An image of abstract green energy concept with green earth.

Green energy is rapidly becoming a viable solution for powering the modern world.

Finding sources of green energy is a growing challenge for most scientists and companies across the globe to harness the potential and in order to solve the impending needs in modern world and high-tech lifestyles. When it comes to green energy, everyone’s heard about the usual source such as solar power, wind and hydro-electricity captured with dams or from the tides.

But the world of green energy is full of scientists with massive imaginations and they have come up with some pretty amazing ideas. These scientists are continuing the quest of abundant, cheap and efficient energy by investigating the more unusual sources, ones that may seems a little bizarre, unrealistic and even ridiculous in some cases.

Here are lesser-known sources of green energy;

1. Anaerobic Digesters

Anaerobic digesters are quintessential example of the phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. These machines used micro-organisms that ‘eat’ biological waste (grass clippings, food waste or even cow dung) and capture the methane that produced from the process. Methane is a huge contributor to global warming if it is allowed to rise into the atmosphere but capturing and burning it for energy, it rather breaks down to less harmful chemicals.

2. The Kinetic Dance Floor

Kinetic energy is an energy produced when you move, something that scientists have been trying to figure out to harness since a long time. The kinetic dance floor has debuted at clubs and concerts, and it uses the impact of dancing feet to create electricity. The dance floor however has to be on the bigger size to generate enough power but surely the project has a lot of potential. What if street lights could be powered by footsteps on a sidewalk?

3. Sound Waves

When a quartz crystal (like the one found in wrist watches) is put under pressure, it releases a small electric charge. This is called piezoelectricity and it’s the basis of a lot of renewable energy concepts. One idea has had use these crystals to catch sound waves which will produce the necessary charge just from ambient sound. This is possible to make things like self-charging cell phones to viable if the technology could be properly harnessed. This same technology has been worked onto clothing that allows people to charge a cell phone while simply walking around.

4. Algae

The slimy green scum that grows in ponds and fish tanks might actually be the future of fuel. Algae produces more than half of its body weight in lipid oils, and those oils can be converted rather easily into an efficient form of biodiesel. The obstacle that has to be overcome is scaling up production to meet energy demands but there are already dozens of companies working on it.

5. Human Body Electricity

Anyone who’s seen The Matrix knows that the human body generates a lot of electricity just by existing. Artist Naomi Kizhner has taken this concept to a whole new level by creating jewellery that plugs into your body, using your pulse to power the mechanism. While this is still a theoretical energy source, it is a good reminder of how much power is all around us – and inside us – that isn’t being harnessed, and also raises the question of how far we’ll go to produce the power we need.

Three Myths About Why Renewable Energy Won’t Work

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Using renewable energy is significantly helping to maintain the balance of our eco-system.

You’ve probably heard a lot of corporate droning about the drawbacks of renewable energy. Powerful oil and gas companies are understandably interested in keeping myths about renewables prominently in the public square so that people will simply accept them as common knowledge. These corporations are profiting handsomely by keeping the energy situation exactly as it is now, and want to keep renewable sources from earning the legitimacy they deserve. We thought we’d debunk a few myths about the downsides of green energy, so you can make up your own mind.

1) It’s Too Expensive

People often cite the false belief that using renewable energy is still too expensive to consider in the immediate future, and that fossil fuels remain the most economically viable energy source. In many cases, this is simply not true, according to Greenpeace:

Right now, renewable energy is actually already cheaper than coal and nuclear power at every step.

Though some fossil fuels are still cheaper than going green, renewables are catching up. And the hidden costs of continuing to depend on carbon — irreversible climate change, dirty air and water, the destruction of habitats – are not usually factored into the market price. This myth gets people to think about their pocketbooks before the future of life on this earth. We humbly suggest that one is a little more valuable than the other.

2) It Actually Hurts the Environment

Many critics of green energy suggest that these sources have some harmful effects. For instance, they often cite the fact that birds and bats are sometimes killed by wind turbines and say that we have to be respectful of all living creatures. Indeed, this is true, but it is also a scare tactic.

With proper planning before the construction of wind turbines, it becomes quite easy to eliminate the problem. It all comes down to some simple assessments of the migratory patterns of the animals to determine where to put them. Basically, these animals — and all living creatures — are in more trouble in the long term if we don’t switch to renewables.

3) It’s Not Viable on a Large Scale

Wrong again. There are plenty of countries that get large portions of their total energy from renewable sources. Germany, Europe’s largest economy, gets 31% of its power from renewables. In 2012, Norway actually generated more electricity than its total consumption from sustainable sources. And Iceland, where our servers are located, generates 100% of its energy from a mix of hydro and geothermal power, and it’s attracting plenty of new business.

The point is that no matter where you are, from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of South Africa, there is almost certainly a renewable source of energy that can be adapted to large-scale use.

What You Can Do About It

The best thing that any of us can do to combat the harmful myths circulating about renewable energy is to educate ourselves and others about the true costs of fossil fuels and the actual facts about going green. Refuting years of corporate messaging is difficult, but necessary.

Contact us to learn more about doing your own part to combat corporate energy dominance.