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Renewable Energy Report Card

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Mitchell Flexo on the relative pros and cons of clean energy sources

After our look at the major fossil fuels -- coal, oil, nuclear, and natural gas, which account for close to 90% of American energy production -- we know the pros and cons of each source of dirty energy. Now let's take a look at some renewable energy sources and see how they grade out. These sources account for about 10% of our energy production. HydroelectricityHydro is considered to be a......read more

Renewable Energy Booming in Several States

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New figures from the Energy Information Administration show clean energy growth over the last decade

With fossil fuels meeting the vast majority of America's energy needs, our clean energy future is a long ways off. But in the last decade, renewable power use has taken off, with some states now meeting over 20 percent of their energy needs from wind, solar, biomass and other alternative fuels. At Co.Exist, Ben Schiller points to new data from the Energy Information Administration that shows the......read more

Monovolume Architects: Punibach Hydroelectricity Station

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An alpine hydro plant embedded into the hills of northern Italy

Conceived as a fracture in the landscape, monovolume's Punibach hydroelectric power station is harmonically integrated into its alpine surroundings. A concrete slab separates the smooth hilly landscape and the raw building structure made out of natural, earth coloured materials. At night, the thin wood planks that form a lamellar wall allow warm light from the interior to glow in......read more

Water in the Anthropocene

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Eye-opening video illustrates humanity's effect on the global water cycle

We know that human activities have powerful effects on the physical environment, but visualizing and explaining these effects is not always easy. Take the water cycle, for example. It's obvious that things like damming, extraction, and irrigation are affecting the global water supply (on which all life depends), but it's difficult to see the whole picture. This new video from The Global Water......read more

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