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Renewables

What is a Windmill?

A windmill is a structure used to harness the power of the wind for purposes like grinding grain, pumping water, and generating electricity. The power of the wind was first harnessed by sailors, who were able to understand lift and harness the winds power through sails. This knowledge led to the development of the first […]

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Environment

Advantages & Disadvantages of Recycling

It seems that no clean energy discussion is complete without everybody’s favorite pastime: recycling. In its simplest definition, recycling is converting waste product into reusable material. Instead of being taken to a landfill to sit and rot the Earth for years to come, it gets singled out and repurposed for another use. This might seem […]

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Causes & Effects of Pollution

Environmental pollution is currently the biggest challenge facing the word today. In the United States 40% of rivers and 46% of lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, and aquatic life. Not surprising though when 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated storm water, industrial waste, and untreated sewage are being discharge annually into American waters. One-third […]

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Renewables

Pros & Cons of Geothermal Energy

As we continue our exploration of viable, clean energy sources, geothermal energy is up next on the list. Geothermal energy is quite different from more commonly known renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Instead of harnessing the power of the sun, it draws from the internal heat source of the Earth. Power plants […]

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Renewables

The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

With the cost of electricity rising 3%-5% each year, you may be considering alternative sources of energy, such as solar. But before you go and install a solar system on your house, some major disadvantages need to be weighed in. With solar power having the highest initial costs than any other renewable energy source, you […]

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The Benefits of Recycling

Recycling is the process of turning old used materials into new ones. Through recycling and reusing waste, energy and raw materials are saved. With the continuously increasing population and use of disposable products and packaging, our finite natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate. Currently less that 25% of our waste is being […]

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Environment

Air Pollution Causes, Effects & Solutions

When people think of air pollution, most immediately picture heavy smog drifting over cities and industrial plants. This is the first and most evident form of air pollution, but it’s not the only one. Let’s begin today’s discussion by defining the term air pollution at a broader level. Air pollution in its most basic definition […]

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The Advantages of Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is the heat produced by the molten core under the Earth’s crust. This heat is continuously produced through decay of radioactive materials such as uranium and potassium. The heat produced within the first 33,000 feet of the Earth’s surface produces 50,000 times more energy than all the oil and natural gas in the […]

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Biomass Energy

As the various issues caused by our use of fossil fuels come to light, more is being done to find suitable alternatives. While the likes of solar power, wind turbines and similar large alternatives tend to steal the headlines, there are other fuel sources out there that also have great potential. Many consider biomass energy […]

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Solar Energy: Pros & Cons

For the past few decades, climate change has been a major topic of debate among politicians and the population alike. Carbon emissions – more commonly known as greenhouse gases – are the leading contributors to the harmful effects our climate is experiencing. As a result, many countries across the globe are turning their hopes to […]