Archive | November, 2014

Scottish Wind Farm to Receive Major Funding

28 Nov

Scottish wind farm

Earlier this month, global investment firm KKR, in partnership with Temporis Capital LLP, announced that it would be providing an 8 million pound loan to the Sròndoire Community Wind Farm in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. According to Recharge, “US investment firm KKR and London-based Temporis Capital say a planned three-turbine wind farm in Scotland will […]

San Gabriel Mountains Now a National Monument

19 Nov

San Gabriel Mountains

Good news for the San Gabriel Mountains and California nature lovers! In October, President Obama declared that a large portion of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California is now officially a national monument. He made the announcement at a signing ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. The area that became a national monument, from Santa […]

Why Windows are Killing Birds and What to Do About it

14 Nov

Bird died from flying into a window

A recent study found that nearly 600 million birds are killed each year when they fly into windows, leading scientists and bird activists to revisit how best to prevent these deaths. According to Daniel Klem Jr., an ornithologist at Muhlenberg College in Allenton, Pennsylvania, these collisions kill more birds than oil spills or pesticides.  The […]

Something’s Brewing at California’s New Coffee Farm

12 Nov

Coffee beans

We’ve all heard the reports that by 2080 Arabica coffee beans could be extinct. Not only that but factors like drought, coffee rust, and fungal disease are driving up the costs of those precious beans in Brazil. For us coffee lovers, the days may seem limited. But, with new research in California, there is hope […]

New Study Reveals Surprising Insights about Wind Energy

7 Nov

Lazard

A number of new studies on renewable energy show that developing countries are investing in renewable energy projects at twice the rate of developed nations. A recent study by Climatescope found that 55 developing nations including China, Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay, and Kenya, have collectively installed 142 gigawatts of power from 2008–2013. This is 60% […]

A Few Crazy Ways to Reduce Your Heating Bill this Winter

5 Nov

heater

We’ve all heard the traditional ways to conserve heat in your home. Cover your windows with plastic, insulate the water heater, and use a blanket. But, there are some other less known ways to reduce the amount you spend heating your home every winter that you may not have thought of. Here are a few […]

Study Concludes BP Oil Spill Left “Oily Ring” on Seafloor

4 Nov

oil_spill

A recent study reports that the infamous BP oil spill of 2010 has left an “oily bathtub ring” on the seafloor. The report by David Valentine, a professor of microbial geochemistry at the University of California at Santa Barbara, estimates that roughly 10 million gallons of oil has coalesced in an area around the size […]