October 30, 2014

Homeowners Using Rooftop Solar Panels to Power Electric Cars

A growing number of solar homeowners are using their renewable assets to power their electric and hybrid cars, according to a new AP report.  “We think it was one of the best things in the world to do,” Kevin Tofel told AP’s Dee-Ann Durbin. Tofel is a 45-year-old homeowner living in Telford, Pennsylvania. After installing Read More

October 30, 2014

Solar Power to Reach Price Parity With Fossil Fuels by 2016, Says Deutsche Bank

In 47 U.S. states, solar-generated electricity will be as cheap or cheaper than conventional electricity in just two years, according to a new report from Deutsche Bank. As solar is on the rise, the price of oil is in decline – traditionally a bad sign for renewable technologies, as cheaper fossil fuels have previously translated Read More

October 30, 2014

Town Evacuated After Fracking Well Blowout In Eastern Ohio

A hydraulic fracturing well in Bloomingdale, Ohio has released a potentially explosive amount of gas, requiring 400 families living near the well to be evacuated. The blowout leak occurred on October 28, The Columbus Dispatch reports, with the evacuation lasting much of the evening.  The well is operated by a subsidiary of American Energy Partners. Read More

October 30, 2014

Floridians Rally Against Anti-Solar State Policies

On Wednesday, over 150 Florida residents gathered outside the St. Petersburg office of Duke Energy to communicate a single message: Floridians want solar energy, and they want it now.  Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States, but thus far it has refused to support solar power in the Sunshine Read More

October 30, 2014

New Species of Frog Discovered In New York, Spreading Across Atlantic Coast

A new species of frog that was discovered six years ago in Staten Island has now been found in habitats as wide ranging as Connecticut and coastal North Carolina, reports ScienceNews.  According to a report released October 29th in PLOS ONE, the Atlantic Coast leopard frog has now been found in coastal freshwater wetlands and Read More

October 30, 2014

Penguins Offer U.S. a Lesson in Addressing Climate Change

(This op-ed, written by Brian Klaas and Gemma Clucas, originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.) It may seem unlikely, but penguins offer a crucial lesson for the United States’ national security. On the western Antarctic Peninsula, climate change is wreaking havoc on stocks of krill, tiny crustaceans that penguins eat. Adelie penguins are in decline in Read More

October 30, 2014

Imminent Threat: First Flush Ocean Pollution

It’s as predictable as the ebb and flow of the tides or a clock’s minute hand advancing to the next number – the first big rains in either October or November flush out Santa Monica’s Pico Kenter Storm Drain system sending its urban runoff directly into the ocean.  Unquantified amounts of accumulated dry season pollutants, Read More

October 29, 2014

Sarah Palin Says a Lot of Ignorant Things and Then Compares Climate Change to Eugenics

Dear Readers, Planet Experts does its best to bring you the facts on environmental news without putting too much of our personal politics into the mix. Currently, climate change trends toward the liberal/progressive side of the news, but that’s because it’s been politicized. In truth, most climate news is about reporting data obtained from men Read More

October 29, 2014

If Oil Continues to Decline, Will Obama Approve the Keystone XL?

On Monday, capital markets guru Dennis Gartman sounded the death knell for Big Oil, saying that its price per barrel will decline over the next few years as the supply overtakes the demand and new technologies supplant its energy dominance. High U.S. production, low international demand and higher fuel efficiency have also contributed to the Read More

October 29, 2014

Does the World Need More Dams?

According to a new study published in the journal Aquatic Sciences, at least 3,700 major dams are either planned or under construction – mostly in developing nations. If each of these dams is actually built, the planet’s hydroelectric capacity would increase to 1,700 gigawatts. Yet while these dams could supply many poor populations with clean energy (an estimated Read More

October 29, 2014

Oil Lobby Spends $1 Million to Fight North Dakota’s Tax Reform

In North Dakota, a ballot measure has been introduced that would redirect five percent of the state’s oil extraction tax revenue to environmental conservation. The American Petroleum Institute (API), a Washington, D.C.-based oil industry lobbying group, has already spent over $1 million on a campaign to defeat it. The “North Dakota Clean Water, Wildlife and Read More

October 29, 2014

Young Voters Are More Likely to Vote for Environmental Candidates, But Less Likely to Vote at All

A recent study by the University of Texas, Austin finds that young voters are more likely than any other generational demographic to vote for a candidate with an environmentally-friendly platform. In a press release for the study, the University of Texas indicates that 68 percent of young voters under the age of 35 are likely to vote for a Read More

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