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Environmental writer Tom Schueneman, a contributor to numerous environmental and sustainability-focused blogs and websites, publishes his flagship blog GlobalWarmingisReal as a resource of news, commentary, and information on climate change, energy, and sustainability. \


Climate change and sustainability are the issues of our generation. Meeting the challenge is a three-legged stool requiring action from individuals, business, and government. GlobalWarmingisReal addresses those three aspects of change (or lack thereof) through essays, research, and news reporting. Our aim is to help the concerned citizen understand the importance and urgency of the issues we face in the 21st century.


Website: http://www.globalwarmingisreal.com/blog/


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Global CO2 Emissions Reach All-Time High, Rising More Than 5% in 2010 to Close Out Past 20 Years
September 28, 2011 04:14 PM - Andrew Burger, Global Warming is Real

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reached an all-time high in 2010, rising 45% in the past 20 years. Rising rapidly between 1990 and 2010, global atmospheric CO2 levels totaled 33 billion metric tons last year, according to a report published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Global CO2 emissions fell 1% in 2009, during the Great Recession, but rose at an unprecedented 5% rate in 2010. That was similar to the drop and greater emissions growth in 1975 and 1976, when the global economy suffered through the first oil crisis, a subsequent stock market crash and began a recovery in 1976, the report authors note.

Falling Solar Panel Costs Are Great For Buyers, Bad for Producers
September 2, 2011 01:26 PM - Kriss Bergethon, Global Warming is Real

A recent industry analysis projects the amount of solar power installed to grow to 15.5 percent per year, but revenues are to stay flat until 2016. Lux Research provided the report. A report from Navigant Consulting discovered that the price of solar panels is down almost 20 percent as of August 2011. The information derived from these two reports show that the consumer is poised to benefit from the price reduction while manufacturers can expect an almost flat profit margin for the next few years.

Warming Atlantic Waters Lure Mackerel North and East
August 17, 2011 09:03 AM - Andrew Burger, Global Warming is Real

The distribution of Atlantic mackerel is shifting north, east and into shallower waters in response to warming ocean temperatures and changing oceanographic and other environmental changes, a finding that may have significant implications for U.S. commercial and recreational mackerel fisheries, according to research from NOAA marine scientists.

1993 US Northwest Forest Plan Turns Public Forests into Carbon Sink
July 28, 2011 07:42 AM - Andrew Burger, Global Warming is Real

Enacted in 1993, before climate change was so prominent in the public media eye, the US Northwest Forest Plan's primary goal was the conservation of old growth forests on public land, and thereby also protecting threatened and endangered species, such as the northern spotted owl. Forest harvests in those public forests dropped precipitously, by 82%, the next year. Nearly two decades later, it turns out that the Plan has yielded unintended, though no less favorable results in terms of mitigating the effect of increasing carbon dioxide emissions.

Power Generation from Renewables Surpasses Nuclear
July 8, 2011 07:58 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

The latest issue of the Monthly Energy Review published by the US Energy Information Administration, electric power generation from renewable sources has surpassed production from nuclear sources, and is now "closing in on oil," says Ken Bossong Executive Director of the Sun Day Campaign. In the first quarter of 2011 renewable energy sources accounted for 11.73 percent of US domestic energy production. Renewable sources include solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, biomass/biofuel. As of the first quarter of 2011, energy production from these sources was 5.65 percent more than production from nuclear. As Bossing further explains from the report, renewable sources are closing the gap with generation from oil-fired sources, with renewable source equal to 77.15 percent of total oil based generation.

American Consumers and Greener Vehicles
June 17, 2011 07:41 AM - Richard Matthews, Global Warming is Real

Cutting emissions from US automobiles will be critical to any strategy for slowing global warming. America's adoption of hybrids, fully electric vehicles and fuel efficient small cars are also crucial to the transition to a low carbon economy. According to an Environmental Defence study, Global Warming on the Road (pdf), US automobiles and light trucks are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gases emitted by automobiles globally.

Climate Change and the West: A Picture of the Western United States in the Coming Decades
June 15, 2011 07:45 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Over the last several years, a picture has emerged of the American west in a climate-changed world. Water: Last week findings of a study by the U.S. Geological Survey show a sharp decline in the snowpack of the northern Rocky Mountains over the past 30 years. Published in the journal Science, the study says the "almost unprecedented" decline, as compared with data analyzed for snowpack conditions over the past 800 years, could have severe consequences for more than 70 million people dependent on water supply from the Columbia, Colorado, and Missouri rivers – all three of which are fed from high-mountain snowpack runoff. But this is only a part of the emerging picture of a changing west.

Brazil Forms "Crisis Counsel" in Response to Dramatic Increase in Amazon Deforestation
May 27, 2011 11:09 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has risen six-fold, according to recent satellite images from the National Institute for Space Research. Comparing data from March-April 2010 to the same period this year shows deforestation has increased from 103 square kilometers in 2010 to 593 square kilometers just one year later. Most of that deforestation is in the state of Mato Grasso, a center of agribusiness and the largest producer of soybeans in Brazil, contributing 27 percent of the country's last soybean harvest. According to Brazil's Agriculture Ministry, soy output will increase 7.2 percent to 73.7 million tons.

More Efficient and Affordable Solar Power: Developments that are Changing the Industry
May 20, 2011 07:08 PM - Kriss Bergethon, Global Warming is Real

Solar power was discovered over 170 years ago, but it didn't become a viable technology until the 1950s. The high cost of producing solar cells meant that the concept remained in limited use up until recently. Renewed interest in solar power has brought investment and research that vastly improved the collection capacity of the cells. The following are three innovations that have lowered the cost, increased efficiency and made obtaining a setup that much easier.

Wind Energy Production Hits New Record in California Last Week
April 27, 2011 08:54 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

The California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO), the state's grid operator, announced last Friday (Earth Day) that the state hit a record level of peak wind energy output last week of 2,432 megawatts, outpacing last year's record of 1,915 MW. Peak refers to the amount of energy generation is available while demand is highest. Last week's record peak comprised 5 percent of total demand. The announcement came as part of Cal-ISO's 2011 summer assignment. Due to what the report refers to as a "modest economic recovery," summer peak demand is expected to increase 1.5 percent from last year's 47,127 MW to 47,814MW.

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