How Much Land Does Nuclear, Wind and Solar Really Need?

 "Based on an objective and transparent analysis of our sustainable energy choices, we have come to the evidence-based conclusion that nuclear energy is a good option for biodiversity conservation (and society in general) and that other alternatives to fossil fuels should be subjected to the same cost–benefit analyses (in terms of biodiversity and climate outcomes, … Continue reading How Much Land Does Nuclear, Wind and Solar Really Need?

Video: Why renewables can’t save the planet | Michael Shellenberger | TEDxDanubia

Michael Shellenberger explains why solar and wind farms require so much land for mining and energy production. Jan 4, 2019 | Michael Shellenberger | TEDx Talks  Environmentalists have long promoted renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms to save the climate. But what about when those technologies destroy the environment? In this provocative talk, … Continue reading Video: Why renewables can’t save the planet | Michael Shellenberger | TEDxDanubia

The False Promise of Mountaintop Industrial Wind

The False Promise of Mountaintop Industrial Wind Jonathan Carter | Forest Ecology Network The developers of mountaintop industrial wind are touting many promised benefits – from reduced greenhouse gas emissions, decreased dependence on fossil fuels, to a huge economic renaissance. These are all false promises spun to enhance public acceptance. In recent months as I … Continue reading The False Promise of Mountaintop Industrial Wind

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Forests as a means for storing and reducing carbon.

U.S. Forest Resource Facts and Historical Trends August 2014 | Forest Service, FS-1035 Forests in the United States store an estimated 43,126 Tg carbon in live and dead biomass and soil organic matter. Forest ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Lake States have the greatest carbon density, often in excess of 200 megagrams per hectare. Forest Carbon and Biomass Forest ecosystems … Continue reading Forests as a means for storing and reducing carbon.

Trees and Dirt Part of the Climate Solution.

Part of the Answer to Climate Change May Be America’s Trees and Dirt, Scientists Say Nov. 14, 2018 | Josh Haner | The New York Times [excerpt} WASHINGTON — When people think of potential solutions to global warming, they tend to visualize technologies like solar panels or electric cars. A new study published on Wednesday, however, … Continue reading Trees and Dirt Part of the Climate Solution.

CO2 payback time for a wind farm on afforested peatland in the UK

Interesting study on Co2 and carbon payback. - The turbine data for this are much smaller and fewer, but does provide data on the increase in carbon payback time for forested lands. While it does show that there is eventually a payback  over the loss 3-4 years instead of 6 months for non- forested lands, … Continue reading CO2 payback time for a wind farm on afforested peatland in the UK