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Children at work and play in a Filipino charcoal factory

Children at work and play in a Filipino charcoal factory

Today, a brief glimpse at life inside a charcoal factory in a slum outside of Manila. Families, including young children, work in these factories making charcoal or scavenging in dumpsters for food and other supplies...

September 2, 2013 — David Wogan

U.S. moves more oil out of North Dakota by rail than the Trans-Alaskan pipeline

Despite the disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, transporting oil by rail is likely to increase in the coming years. In many cases, transport by rail is more flexible by allowing access to markets and oil plays that aren’t served by pipelines, and requires less stringent environmental reviews.The train that crashed in Quebec was carrying oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and raises an important question: how much oil is transported on railroads in the United States?The answer is staggering.Currently, half of all oil coming out of the Bakken shale is transported by railroad (more than the third by pipelines)...

July 17, 2013 — David Wogan

The global outlook for renewable power in one graph

Energy produced from hydro, wind, solar, and other renewables sources is expected to exceed that from natural gas and double that from nuclear sources by 2016 – becoming the second most important energy source behind coal.Speaking at the 10 th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum in New York City last month, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said the global outlook for renewables is “robust”, with total renewable generation capacity expected to grow to nearly one-quarter of the global electricity generation capacity by 2018.Ms...

July 10, 2013 — David Wogan

President Obama to unveil climate plan Tuesday

President Barack Obama will unveil details about his climate change strategy this Tuesday at a talk at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gcL3_zzgWeU#at=29According to a video posted to the White House front page, his vision will include a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the country for impacts of climate change, and lead global climate efforts...

June 22, 2013 — David Wogan

Finland looks to decarbonize with greater share of renewables and nuclear

In a review of Finnish energy policies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) highlights some of the country’s efforts to decarbonize. Renewables and nuclear energy are expected to produce greater share of energy for Finland’s residents and industries.Finland’s renewable program has an ambitious goal to meet 38 percent of its energy consumption from renewable sources...

June 10, 2013 — David Wogan

Is fracking regulation a federal issue?

A couple of items about fracking regulations worth keeping track of. First, the Associated Press reports that the comment period is being extended by 60-days for a new rule that will regulate hydraulic fracturing on public lands...

June 6, 2013 — David Wogan
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine