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China's Solar Panel Production to Double By 2017
Environment  (tags: energy, renewables, solar power, PV )

Earth Pol
- 1414 days ago -
China has led all countries in making PV for the better part of a decade. China now accounts for 64 percent of global solar panel production--churning out 25,600 megawatts of the nearly 40,000 megawatts of PV made worldwide in 2013.
China Leads World to Solar Power Record in 2013
Environment  (tags: energy, renewables, solar power, PV )

Earth Pol
- 1434 days ago -
In the last two years, countries around the world have added almost as much new solar photovoltaics (PV) capacity as had been added since the invention of the solar cell. Nearly 38,000 megawatts of PV came online in 2013, a new annual record.
Wind Power Fact Sheet
Environment  (tags: energy, renewable energy, wind power, wind, offshore wind )

Earth Pol
- 1448 days ago -
Wind is poised to become the foundation of the new energy economy. With total capacity exceeding 318,000 megawatts, wind farms generate carbon-free electricity in more than 85 countries.
Denmark, Portugal, and Spain Leading the World in Wind Power
Environment  (tags: energy, wind power, wind farms, offshore wind, electricity, renewables )

Earth Pol
- 1456 days ago -
Denmark produced one third of its electricity from the wind in 2013. In no other country has wind's share of annual electricity generation yet topped 30 percent. But the Danes are not stopping there--they are eyeing a goal of 50 percent wind by 2020.
The Downfall of the Plastic Bag: A Global Picture
Environment  (tags: plastic, plastic bags, wildlife, oceans, garbage )

Earth Pol
- 1482 days ago -
Given the multitude of problems associated with plastic bags, many communities around the world have attempted to free themselves from their addictions by implementing bag bans or fees.
Plastic Bag Bans Spreading in the United States
Environment  (tags: plastic, garbage, bag bans, bag fees )

Earth Pol
- 1491 days ago -
More than 20 million Americans live in communities with plastic bag bans or fees. And the number of plastic bags used per year will soon fall as more communities, including large cities like New York and Chicago, look for ways to reduce plastic litter.
World Wind Power Poised to Bounce Back After Slowing in 2013
Environment  (tags: energy, Sustainabililty, wind power, renewables )

Earth Pol
- 1503 days ago -
After a slower year in 2013, world wind installations will bounce back in 2014, perhaps to a new record--the Global Wind Energy Council sees the potential for 47,000 megawatts. Roughly half of the total will be built in China and the United States.
Can We Prevent A Food Breakdown?
Environment  (tags: food scarcity, grain yields, soil conservation, overpopulation, overfishing, food security )

Earth Pol
- 1532 days ago -
As food supplies have tightened, a new geopolitics of food has emerged--a world in which the global competition for land and water is intensifying and each country is fending for itself.
Generation Gap: Wind Opens Big Lead Over Nuclear in China
Environment  (tags: wind, nuclear, renewables, energy, China )

Earth Pol
- 1540 days ago -
In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China's wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away--outdoing nuclear by 22 percent.
Can the World Feed China?
Environment  (tags: grain, imports, food scarcity, food security, China, pork, meat consumption )

Earth Pol
- 1547 days ago -
Overnight, China has become a leading world grain importer, set to buy a staggering 22 million tons in the 2013-14 trade year. As recently as 2006 China had a grain surplus and was exporting 10 million tons. What caused this dramatic shift?
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