During discussions of fossil fuels and carbon emissions, global warming always – and inevitably – comes up. It’s a fact that’s hard to ignore. 2016 was the hottest year on record since modern record-keeping began in 1880 and data from NASA shows that Arctic ice is diminishing at a rate of 13.4 percent per decade.
But increasing temperatures and rising sea levels aren’t the only issues we should be concerned about. There are many lesser known effects of global warming that we don’t generally talk about – and many of us don’t even realize. Let’s take a look at those today.Continue reading
To figure out how to stop global warming, we need to focus less on a singular solution and more on ways that every person can contribute to a better planet. However, many of us are unsure what we can do on a daily basis to make things better. Sure, we can be more energy conscious, recycle our soda cans and cardboard, and drive our cars around less. But is that it? What else can we do to reduce climate change?Continue reading
It’s no secret that our home planet suffers from a plethora of environmental issues that keep worsening. Which problems will be the most harmful in the long run and how can solar energy improve these issues?
While people like Elon Musk have the colonization of Mars in mind with a thorough “Making Humanity a Multi-Planetary Species” proposal, others, such as Stephen Hawking, feel that humans should leave Earth. But is abandoning our beautiful planet or expanding our species into space the only two options to ensure the survival of the human race?Continue reading
Although some believe that global warming is still an opinion that is up for debate, in actuality we’ve accumulated real proof for the phenomenon – based completely on research and evidence. Climate scientists have proven over and over that climate change is real, that human activity has negatively impacted our planet, and that things might get worse if we do not make some adjustments in how we do things.
Let’s go over scientifically proven global warming facts, including what it is, how we got here, and some ideas on what we can do about it.
If solar is so absolutely great, and we’re hurtling towards a climate catastrophe, why does it only power about 2% of the world? If it’s the panacea to our problems, why aren’t solar panels adorning rooftops the world over? What are the causes behind the problems with solar energy that we face?
To answer such questions, we at UnderstandSolar have dug into the facts and present the fruits of our labor below – an unfortunate tale of G20 hypocrisy, the Concorde fallacy (find out what this is later), and the sobering fact that we still need fossil fuels to power our planet (at least for now).
If you’re just starting to look into solar for your home, or you’ve recently noticed you’re the only one on the block without big blue rectangles covering your roof, you might be wondering why solar is so hot right now. What’s the big deal?
It’s an easy question to answer and below we’ve come up with our top six reasons to go solar. Hopefully they inspire you to dig a little deeper into this exciting technology, reap the benefits of green energy, and join the solar movement!
Solar energy has multiple benefits that cannot only save you money but also help the wellbeing of our home planet.
If we asked you to list some of the environmental benefits of solar energy, you might mention preventing climate change and rising sea levels. While global warming is certainly a serious issue, and one which we will definitely explore a bit more, relying on the Sun to provide us with our daily electricity needs has a plethora of other environmental benefits. So without further ado, let’s take a look at our top picks.
If you think that burning any type of fossil fuel (coal, oil and natural gas) doesn’t do the environment any good, your intuitions are correct. The combustion of fossil fuels releases an abundance of air pollutants, including particulate matter. This increases levels of smog, which contributes to the deterioration of vegetation, landscape and fauna – including human beings. Additionally, incomplete fuel combustion creates carbon monoxide, a known health hazard for humans, animals and the environment.
In fact, more people die from pollution than from murder, suicides, and car accidents combined. This means that even if you thought climate change was a hoax, it would still make sense to do something about pollution.Continue reading
As we’re getting closer to Election Day, it’s a good time to reflect. We see democrats and republicans (or at least two specific democrats and republicans…) seemingly at each other’s throats – name calling, bad mouthing, and generally being poor sports. At a time like this, when the political situation is somewhat dire and it looks like these two sides will never be able to agree on anything, there’s one topic that republicans and democrats, at least in the general public, agree widely on – solar energy!
Numerous polls have found that regardless of political leanings, all Americans simply love solar energy and want to see it expanded in the future. Polls in 2012, 2014 and now a recent Pew Research Poll in 2016 continue to have the same results – that people just love solar.Continue reading
Perhaps the best way to approach this issue is to start with Trump’s now-infamous 2012 tweet stating that global warming was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”.
When Clinton made mention of this during this year’s first presidential debate, Trump interjected (in a fashion that ruled the entire event) – “I did not, I do not say that.”Continue reading
You may have heard that solar energy and electric cars are a match made in heaven. With his announcement of the SolarCity and Tesla Motors merger, Elon Musk has made it clear that the solar powered car is to solar power what peanut butter is to jam.
In fact, if you’ve already covered your roof with solar panels, you may have started thinking about buying an electric car (also known a plug-in electric vehicle). And here’s why your intuitions serve you right.