Solar and Wind Energy Grew Dramatically in 2012
Even though President Barack Obama pledged to work around Congress should it fail to adequately address climate change, the rest of the world has moved significantly to increase its reliance on alternative energies like wind and solar.
Global energy generated by wind grew by about 20 percent during 2012, raising the world's total installed capacity to 282 gigawatts (GW). Meanwhile, solar energy reached 100GW for the first time ever, representing a 50 percent jump in just two years.
Even more impressive is the fact that the United States is leading the charge. Both the U.S. and China accounted for 13GW each of new wind turbines around the world. India, Germany, and the UK were next with 2GW each.
Tax credits for wind-powered initiatives helped boost the construction of wind farms around the country, especially since it was unclear whether or not they would be extended. Organizations scurried to ensure their projects would be completed, and 8GW of the nation's 13GW total were added during the final quarter of 2012. Since the government did end up extending the tax credits, it's hoping that construction will continue at a brisk pace throughout the next year.
"While China paused for breath, both the US and European markets had exceptionally strong years," said Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the Global Wind Energy Council, to the Guardian. "Asia still led global markets, but with North America a close second, and Europe not far behind."
Solar energy also continued to boom, though its overall numbers lag well behind wind. In 2010, the world's total solar capacity only amounted to 40GW. Now, it's at the century mark, and it's expected to grow at a much faster rate than wind heading into the future. In the United States, Duke Energy Renewables President Gregory Wolf anticipates the country will add more solar power than wind for the first time in history.
"I would expect a lot of momentum still on solar," said Gregory Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables, in an interview with Bloomberg. "We really ramped up our solar in 2010. Today most of the projects are half or less of the cost now than then."
While 282GW and 100GW of increased global wind and solar capacity is certainly good news, it's helpful to note that these numbers are dwarfed by those from fossil fuels. In 2011, for example, the U.S. was capable of storing up to 318GW of coal, while estimates pinned China's capacity at a gobsmacking 650GW. International capacity was estimated to be at 1,600GW, so there's still a long way to go before alternative energy can be used for the majority of the world's needs.
Immigrants' Worst Nightmare Realized: Immigrant Enforcement Ramps Up
Travel Immigration Ban is getting more and more forceful against immigrants.
President Obama Eats Seven Almonds Every Night
Barack Obama eats seven almonds every night— this must be the most shared eating routine of 2016. Obama shared his solitary, nocturnal habits with New York Times and confirmed that the former US President’s night-time snack consists of seven almonds, eaten one by one as he does his evening routine of reading, writing or watching televised sports.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo Sues Obama Over Forced Abortion, Transgender Surgeries
The Obama administration modified health plans to accomodate the growing needs of trangenders and pregnant women, to the dismay of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Fargo. The new health laws that force Catholic hospitals and surgeons to carry out trangender procedures and abortions have resulted to lawsuits of great proportions.
Asthma In Kids Improve With Indoor Smoking Ban
After the recent enactment of the indoor smoking ban by the Obama administration, a recent study shows that ER admissions of asthma in kids have gone down in communities with the smoking ban. This gives great hope for positive outcome for the recent smoking ban in the years to come.
Obamacare Significantly Increased Rates Of Insured Americans by 50 percent; Repeal Of The Law By 2017 May Cause Decline By 20 Million
Obamacare has delivered significant changes in improving the health of Americans since 2013. However, repeal of the law by the new Republican-led Congress may change the story and Americans are all anxious about it.
Oxygen-Transporting Blood Molecule Could Open New Doors To Efficient Batteries
Researchers at the Yale University have recently found a catalyst that would replace lithium-ion batteries we use today with the more efficient lithium-oxygen. This discovery also opens a new avenue on biomass and green energy application.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Limited Edition Apple Watch NikeLab Are Now Available
According to Nike, the Apple Watch NikeLab is a limited edition and designed to be the "ultimate style companion" for runners.
'Tokyo Ghoul' Season 3 Delayed By Its Live-Action Movie? Ken Kenaki Returns With Another Identity?
"Tokyo Ghoul" season 3's release is delayed and there are countless speculations as to why it is being pushed back. Reports claim that the show is to give way to "One Punch Man" and "My Hero Acdemia" but new rumors say that it's lack of materials and storyline as well as its live-action movie are causing the delay.
Overwatch Update: Buggy D.Va Fixed, Game Reaches New Milestone
Well, looks like the fan-favorite D.Va is back in Overwatch. Check out the details here!