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Let off the gas, EPA. Coal is perfectly fine.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 19:30
As the EPA finalizes the regulations this summer, it is critical the agency learn from the mistakes of the past and take the real short-term and long-term impacts into account. Rural Arizona needs leadership now to ensure that the plan is modified, or coal won't be the only thing that goes missing from Arizona's economy.
Categories: Ecological News

California Solar Power Generates More Than 5% of the State’s Electricity

Ecology Today - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 15:46

U.S. Energy Information Administration

California is the First State to Generate More Than 5% of Electricity From Utility-Scale Solar

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly
Note: Data include generation from plants greater than 1 megawatt.

California has become the first state with more than 5% of its annual utility-scale electricity generation from utility-scale solar power, according to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. California’s utility-scale (1 megawatt (MW) or larger) solar plants generated a record 9.9 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity in 2014, an increase of 6.1 million MWh from 2013. California’s utility-scale solar production in 2014 was more than three times the output of the next-highest state, Arizona, and more than all other states combined.

Several large plants were phased into operation in California during 2014, including two 550 MW solar photovoltaic plants, Topaz and Desert Sunlight (Phases 1 and 2), as well as the 377 MW Ivanpah (Phases 1, 2, and 3) and the 250 MW Genesis solar thermal plants. In total, nearly 1,900 MW of new utility-scale solar capacity was added, bringing the state’s utility-scale capacity for all solar technologies to 5,400 MW by the end of 2014.

California has promoted solar power through a series of state policies, including a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires electricity providers to obtain 33% of the power they sell from eligible renewable sources by 2020. In 2014, the state obtained 22% of its electricity from nonhydropower renewables including wind, solar, and biomass.

California also created incentives, including rebates and net-metering policies, to encourage rooftop and other small-scale solar capacity, whose generation is not captured in the above figure. By the end of 2014, more than 2,300 MW of small-scale solar capacity was installed on homes and businesses, according to the California Public Utilities Commission.

The top three states in utility-scale solar generation in 2014 were California, Arizona, and Nevada. These states in the southwestern United States have some of the best solar resources in the world. However, states with less-favorable solar resources, such as New Jersey and Massachusetts, also are among the top 10 states in total solar generation. All of the top 10 states—with the exception of Florida—have a renewable portfolio standard in place. Most of those policies include a specific target for solar power or customer-sited generation.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly
Note: Data include generation from plants greater than 1 megawatt.

The increase in California’s solar production came the same year that drought conditions caused hydroelectric generation to fall 46% compared to the previous five-year average. Although solar is only available at certain times of the day, the annual increase in California’s solar generation in 2014 offset 83% of the decrease in hydroelectric generation. Along with increases in generation from wind power and geothermal energy, solar power helped make California the top state producer of nonhydroelectric renewable electricity in 2014, narrowly topping Texas.

Principal contributor: Allen McFarland

Categories: Ecological News

Isn't it obvious? If Operation Jade Helm were happening in any other country, it would be immediately labeled a military drill for martial law

Natural News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) I'm always amazed at how people can be programmed by the mainstream media to ignore the obvious reality happening right in front of their eyes. Right now, America is being lulled into a hypnotic sense of denial while military training for martial law is happening right...

Thousands of Indian farmers protest GMO corporate imperialism in Delhi

Natural News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) The massive insurrection against the Modi Government and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition on March 18, 2015 by the major agricultural unions of India has led to a widespread launch of lobbying regarding farmer's rights and farmer cost of living allocations...

Breast cancer overdiagnosis remains widespread: Women routinely subjected to unneccesary chemo and radiation

Natural News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Health experts are becoming increasingly concerned about the problem of breast cancer overdiagnosis: Women who, because of mammogram recommendations, are subjected to excruciating surgery, radiation or chemotherapy to treat cancers that never would have become dangerous...

Government directly admits vaccines cause injury and death in table published by HHS

Natural News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) You might want to sit down for this one.The government is not quite known for always being on the up-and-up when it comes to reporting certain information and making public what the public deserves to know. Information in documents has been blacked out with marker...

Doctor faked AIDS vaccine research just to get federal money -- vaccine fraud happens more often then you might think

Natural News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) A former Iowa State University scientist who was indicted for faking the results of vaccine trials has pleaded guilty to misconduct, according to new reports. Dr. Dong Pyou Han admitted in a resignation letter that he is "very ashamed" of himself for lying about the...

Arthritis - How to relieve the pain and heal naturally

Natural News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Arthritis is painful inflammation of one or more joints in the body. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, though the best-known types are osteoarthritis (which breaks down cartilage), rheumatoid arthritis (which is an autoimmune disorder affecting the lining of...

Lawmakers declare vaccines essential to 'national security' after taking money from Big Pharma

Natural News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Like clockwork, the Disneyland measles false flag has predictably evolved into a national call for medical fascism, as politicians from both sides of the aisle unequivocally throw their support behind the jab agenda, which is right now pushing to eliminate vaccine exemptions...

Brain health - Why some football players are retiring early

Natural News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) We often hear that professional football players are in the best shape of their lives. Their level of fitness cannot be denied, but what about their overall health, specifically their brain health? There has been increasing concern over the long-term effects of the concussions...

Amid pollution problems, China's health food industry blossoms.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 19:30
That growing fear of China’s dangerously dirty environment has given birth to one of the fastest-growing segments of China’s consumer marketplace: foods with perceived health benefits.
Categories: Ecological News

The hotly contested link between science denial and conspiracy theories.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 19:30
In 2013, the University of Bristol psychologist Stephan Lewandowsky and colleagues published two papers containing a provocative claim: A tendency to endorse conspiracy theories, they suggested, makes people more likely to challenge various aspects of science, too.
Categories: Ecological News

Video: Earth Hour 2015: World cities go dark for climate change.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 19:30
Cities around the world have been temporarily plunged into darkness to raise awareness about climate change. Millions of people across the globe switched off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm local time in support of the WWF's Earth Hour initiative.
Categories: Ecological News

California drought: Sierra Nevada snowpack hits historic low.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 19:30
The abominable snowpack in the Sierra Nevada reached an unprecedented low this week, dipping below the historic lows in 1977 and 2014 for the driest winter in 65 years of record-keeping.
Categories: Ecological News

Rise in government insurance rates to mirror rising waters, flood debt.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 19:30
At her small beach house that sits in a flood zone, Nancy Loft-Powers worries. The prospect of rising water, she said, isn’t what bothers her. It’s the expected rise in the cost of her $7,500 yearly flood insurance.
Categories: Ecological News

Duke Energy CEO loses $600K in pay over coal ash pollution.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 19:30
Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.
Categories: Ecological News

Georgia Power's Plant Yates to shut down coal units by mid-April.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 19:30
Georgia Power Plant Yates will officially stop burning coal no later than April 15. Units 1-5 have already stopped being used for “normal operational dispatch,” said John O’Brien, senior communications specialist for Georgia Power.
Categories: Ecological News

Preparing for tomorrow’s storms.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 19:30
Californians are understandably focused on the state's severe drought, now in its fourth year. But drought is not the only environmental risk the state's residents face.
Categories: Ecological News

If we clean up the air, kids' lungs will benefit.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 19:30
The results of a recent study were more heartening than surprising. Short version: If we clean up the air, kids' lungs will benefit.
Categories: Ecological News

China sees through its coal-fired haze what Alabama cannot.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 19:30
In China, where coal is indeed king, they're cracking down on coal-fired power plants. And in Alabama, where just three of every 1,000 jobs come from any kind of mining, we'd mainline mercury if we thought it would save a single one of those jobs.
Categories: Ecological News
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