Environment Notables


Leonardo DiCaprio threatened with deportation by Indonesian government

“Activists may love Leonardo DiCaprio, but right now, the Indonesian government doesn’t. The actor recently incurred the ire of the government through efforts to raise awareness for the Leuser Ecosystem, which faces deforestation for the palm oil industry. After criticizing the destruction of the forest for the industry on his Instagram, the government threatened deportation.”

57% of Scotland’s energy came from renewables in 2015

“A new report published by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change shows that 57.7% of Scotland’s electric consumption came from renewable sources in 2015, exceeding the country’s 50% target for the year. This milestone comes in spite of the UK government’s recent decision to end public subsidies for onshore wind farms a year earlier than initially planned.”

Researchers discover toxic heavy metals in Portland’s trees and air

“United States Forest Service researchers, including economist Geoffrey Donovan and moss and lichen expert Sarah Jovan, weren’t searching for pollution. They were working on a study to demonstrate how trees benefit cities when they began the moss experiments, which health experts say is the first type of this research. Yet their 346 samples revealed toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, and the concentrations were greatest near two glass factories, one in southeast Portland, the other in north Portland.”

New Swedish wave energy buoy boasts 5x the output of existing technology

“We already harness energy from the sun, the wind, and many other natural processes for our own uses, and electricity generated from ocean waves could be the next big thing in renewables. Known as wave energy, the concept is relatively new and technologies are still a bit rudimentary (and expensive), especially when it comes to large-scale energy generation. CorPower Ocean, based in Sweden, has developed a buoy that is surprisingly productive. One small buoy can generate enough electricity from the ocean to power 200 homes. Imagine what a farm full of floating buoys could do.”

U.S. has potential to get 40 percent of its electricity from rooftop solar

“The NREL issued the new report (PDF) at the end of March, marking the first time since 2008 that national estimates of solar power potential have been calculated through such precise methods. The report is the culmination of three years of research, evaluating rooftops for their “suitability” for solar power generation. For a very simplified comparison, this is like using Google’s Project Sunroof on the entire country all at once, to get an idea of how much solar power could be produced if an array is placed on every rooftop that would be worthwhile.”

About D.Dinius

I am big on education, animals, and nature. So following that sentence I think it's important to be smart and animals and nature bring clarity and a calmness to things. I am new to actually paying attention and having opinions. This has been building well for about the last year. :)

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