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America's Data Centers Consuming and Wasting Growing Amounts of Energy

America's Data Centers Consuming and Wasting Growing Amounts of Energy

Posted by Pierre Delforge, August 26, 2014

Data centers are the backbone of the modern economy -- from the server rooms that power small- to medium-sized organizations to the enterprise data centers that support American corporations and the server farms that run cloud computing services hosted by Amazon, Facebook, Google, and others. However, the explosion of digital content, big data, e-commerce, and Internet traffic is also making data centers one of the fastest-growing consumers of electricity in developed countries, and one of the key drivers in the construction of new power plants. Read more

The Truth About the Biomass Industry

The Truth About the Biomass Industry: How Wood Pellet Exports Pollute Our Climate and Damage Our Forests

Posted by Sasha Stashwick, August 25, 2014

Wood pellet exports from the United States nearly doubled last year, from 1.6 million tons in 2012 to 3.2 million tons in 2013, and are expected to jump to 5.7 million tons in 2015. More than 98 percent went to Europe, where they were destined for use in foreign power plants to help meet European renewable energy targets. This massive additional demand for logs now risks destroying ecosystems that can never be replaced. Read more

Renewable Energy in India

Renewable Energy in India: Employment Potential and Financing Solutions for Solar and Wind Energy

Posted August 21, 2014

With India facing rising fuel prices, threats to energy security, and the need to manage economic growth with pragmatic consideration of climate change, renewable energy offers a critical solution to India's burgeoning energy demand challenges. Further, renewable energy technologies are more labor-intensive than more mechanized fossil fuel technologies, as demonstrated in more mature markets, and can provide a tremendous opportunity to create domestic jobs. Read more

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