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Wind & Solar Taking Over Gas & Coal in Europe

The war in Ukraine is quickening the transition from fossil fuel to renewables in Europe.  See the chart below, where the green line (wind and solar) is now above the grey and black lines (coal and natural gas).  And that…

Is Green Energy Really Green?

You may hear a lot of folks who oppose green energy (wind, solar, etc.) make the argument that this type of energy is NOT green.  That is, renewable energy requires chemical batteries for use when driving electric cars or storing…

The earth is really heating up

The numbers have been tabulated and 2022 was the 5th warmest on record for the earth. And the 8 warmest years have occurred since 2014. The reason?  Primarily this is due to the burning of fossil fuels (oil, natural gas,…

Ever Wonder How Much Lightning We Get?

Have you ever wondered how much lightning we get here in South Carolina.  Well wonder no more.  In 2022 there were 2,946,573 lighting strikes.  Considering that South Carolina has roughly 58 days a year with lightning, that averages out to…

4 Tornadoes Touched Down Yesterday

The National Weather Service Office in Columbia has finished its investigation into yesterday's storms.  They've concluded that 4 tornadoes touched down in the Midlands - there was also damage produced by strong winds blowing out of the bottom of a…

Today is The Perihelion

Today the earth is the closest is gets to the sun all year - a mere 91.4 million miles.  It's called the Perihelion.  That happens because the earth's orbit around the sun is a bit of an imperfect ellipse and…

All 8 Planets Visible in the Night Sky

You can see all 8 planets in the night sky.  You'll need to know where exactly to look.  You can read all about it here.  https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/observing-news/all-eight-planets-line-up-again/

US's Largest Wind Farm - Installation is Next Summer

Here's a tweet from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, @YaleClimateComm "The U.S.'s first large offshore wind farm is scheduled for installation next summer off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. What does it take to build and install…

Bitter Cold Settling In

The pocket of arctic air has blown in with gusts as high as 50 mph.  As the wind dies down, the cold air is settling on in - and it's going to be about as it gets here in the…

Dangerous Cold Headed Our Way

Chief Meteorologist John Farley is tracking the winter weather system. According to John, it's going to get dangerously cold starting on Friday and continuing into early next week. On Friday the blast of arctic air arrives, with temperatures actually falling…

Paper-Thin Solar Technology has Many Possible Uses

A group of MIT scientists have developed a paper-thin  and very light solar technology that can create electricity on many surfaces.  It's essentially an "ultralight fabric solar cell that can quickly and easily turn any surface into a power source.…

Electric Foil Ships Can Cut Emissions by 97.5%

A study done by Swedish scientists shows that emissions from ships can be cut by 97.5% by switching to boats that run on foils and use batteries to power them.  By using the foil technology, the boats essentially "float" above…

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