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A feed from Planet Experts, a media platform enabling renowned Experts and NGOs to directly impart to the public their unfiltered research, informed opinions and technological breakthroughs, with the common goal of harnessing the power of media to shift the status quo and achieve radical sustainability.


 

19 February 2018. Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Geothermal Power

I recently visited the small town in Oregon where I was born. December in Klamath Falls had left snow drifts up to the window sills. Strangely, the sidewalks were completely free of snow. Geothermal hot water was circulating under them as part of a $338 million stimulus for over 100 projects nationwide. The City Hall...

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12 February 2018. Straws Upon Request Makes Sense and Cents

New legislation (AB 1884) proposed by California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon to decrease plastic pollution by requiring restaurants to offer plastic straws only upon request is facing pushback. And not from the restaurant industry that would save money. In a state that responded to drought by requiring restaurants to offer water only upon request,...

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7 February 2018. Slain Conservationist Remembered for Exposing Details of Ivory & Rhino Horn Trades

Esmond Bradley Martin was willing to risk it all for rhinos and elephants, working dangerous undercover operations that put him face-to-face with nefarious criminals, all for the chance to unearth clues about the demand for illicit ivory and rhino horn, which is fueling a growing poaching crisis in Africa. Oftentimes, it worked. Martin’s daring helped...

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25 January 2018. Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Wind Power

Wind and solar renewables do present a problem when the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow. So what? America still has existing sources to maintain the power flow while research and development solve the problem. Wind and solar are clean and infinitely renewable. Fossil fuels are not. That is the crux of today’s energy...

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9 January 2018. Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Solar Energy

The global energy economy is rapidly transitioning to sustainable energy and those that stand still will soon be left behind. Too much information about the cost of transitioning to a renewable energy economy is bunk. Most of these premeditated lies crafted to sway public opinion revolve around jobs and cost. It brings back images of tobacco...

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4 January 2018. And I Thought the EPA Was There to Protect Me…

I owe a debt of gratitude to my friend, investigative reporter Marcus Stern. Thanks to his recently published article on Weather.com, I believe I finally have the necessary insight into President Trump’s thought process when he selected such a person as Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Pruitt, a stalwart opponent...

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20 December 2017. Biodiversity in the Greater Mekong Region

According to the WWF,  115 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region.  These include Three mammals, eleven amphibians, two fish, eleven reptiles and eighty-eight plants were discovered by scientists in 2016. Among the new species discovered include a snail-eating turtle which was found in a food market and a bat with a horseshoe-shaped face....

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12 December 2017. Review: ‘The Inner Life of Animals’ Tells of Beauty, Hints at Magic

There are some paradoxical occurrences in today’s world. We are witnessing an unprecedented level of animal anthropomorphizing – of pets and wild animals alike, which is often unhelpful in understanding the intricacy of their lives, and we have a bustling pet industry that aims to cover the needs of our animal companions to a fault....

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14 November 2017. It’s About Damn Time

Men may take credit for conquering the frontier but women make it livable.  We are now zealously engaged in a new frontier of discovery in technology, economic entrepreneurialism, globalism and facing the limits of irrational growth on a finite planet. What is the just role of women in the 21st century and beyond? Male domination...

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9 November 2017. DAnCiNG like a CRANE

November 11 is Crane Festival Day at Gangtey Monastery in eastern Bhutan. The main performers are school kids who enact a special crane dance: this is hands-on environmental education. The Bhutanese ethic for compassionate conservation of nature is evident as it celebrates the annual Gangtey Crane Festival. Bhutan is famed for its religious festivals—or tsechu—that go...

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7 November 2017. America’s National Park System: ‘The Best Idea We Ever Had’

To quote Wallace Earle Stegner, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” The Department of Interior recently announced a proposal to increase entry fees to 17 National Parks, in some cases...

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3 November 2017. Using Solar Energy to Bring Power, Clean Water to Puerto Rico

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico and the surrounding region, the media reported that 90 percent of people on the island were still without power and over half had no access to clean drinking water. Relief efforts were focused on bringing diesel generators to the island, but we knew there was a better...

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