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Russian Oil, Russian Billions, Trump World, Russian Hacking, FBI Director Firing, & Democracy

When you think of healthy democracies, you definitely think of petrostates, right? Some would like to characterize Russia as a more varied and robust economy — not quite a petrostate — but the US Energy Information Administration has pegged 50% of Russia’s government income as coming from oil & gas (for some reason, that link

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New May Government Disbands Energy & Climate Change Department

Under the new government of UK Prime Minister Theresa May, major changes involving the energy and climate change departments have taken place today. According to pv-tech, the two  departments have been disbanded. The UK’s energy policy will now be decided by a new department headed up by former communities minister Greg Clark, now appointed secretary of

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SunPower & Sunverge Team Up For Solar + Storage In US & Australia

One of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world, the producer of the most efficient commercial solar modules on the planet, and a large solar developer — SunPower* — is teaming up with Sunverge Energy, a producer of “advanced Solar Integration System (SIS) energy storage solutions to residential customers and utilities.” Basically, the two

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You Don’t Need A Telescope To Follow A Satellite (VIDEO)

Would you like to chase satellites, print out custom sky charts whenever you wish, and locate real-time iridium flares without a telescope or binoculars? Heavens Above has just the features you’re looking for. It’s dedicated to helping people observe and track, with only the naked eye, satellites orbiting Earth. Chris Peat, a physicist and space-industry

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Oligarchy, We Are

Via DailyKos: We like to assert that Daily Kos is a reality-based community. At the very least we surely do not deny science. A new study appearing at Princeton’s website may test these assumptions for some of us here. For others, it will be grim vindication of what we already know: the United States of America is

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This Is So Hilarious

This US healthcare clip from the Daily Show is so absolutely hilarious. A must watch! Check, laugh so hard, then share: The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook   Thanks to Jim Seko, who posted a link to this on a quick Planetsave article reposted over on CleanTechnica.

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Mercury — #7 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. 7.  Mercury Fossil Fuel Source: Coal Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin. It damages the brain and the nervous system either through

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Almost 100% New Electricity To Be From Solar In California In 2nd Half Of 2013

Reposting this big news from Solar Love: Herman Trabish of Greentech Media has happened across a pretty interesting find — 97% of new electricity generation capacity in line to be added to the California grid in the second half (2H) of 2012 is from solar power projects. This is according to the California Independent System Operator (the ISO), as

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Climate Change Is Worsening Drought — NOAA Study Fans Confusion Flame

When I first saw the news that the 2012 US drought probably wasn’t caused by global warming, I knew the global warming misinformers confusionists would blow the story and get caught up in all kinds of anti-science conspiracy theories. Naturally, that’s what they’ve done. Of course, NOAA was quite haphazard with this report, knowing full well

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Warmer And Wetter January For Contiguous US

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) has released their latest State of the Climate, “a collection of monthly summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale.” The title for the January 2013 summary reads “Contiugous US warmer and wetter than average for January”, noting that

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Climate Change Impacting Health, Safety And Economy of US Coasts

A new report authored by leading scientists and experts explains that the effects of climate change are going to continue threatening the health of coastal communities throughout the United States. The report emphasises the need for increased coordination and planning to protect US coastal communities in the face of a continually changing climate. “[Hurricane] Sandy

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Americans Understand But Don't Care About Polar Regions

Over the past half-decade the American population’s understanding of the facts about polar regions have increased, sadly, their concern or those same regions have stayed the same. These are the findings of the first comparative analysis conducted by Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, on science

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Government Shutdown 2011: See How Much Republican Politicians Are Willing to Screw the U.S.?

A potential government shutdown is all the news right now, as it should be. The U.S. government could grind to a screeching halt due to Congress’ inability to agree on a budget. But many of the news agencies covering this possible shutdown are painting the picture much too evenly. (i.e. Is it the Democrats? Is it the Republicans? Who’s causing this potential disaster?…)

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