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The recent explosion in solar is well documented. The price of solar cells have fallen 99% since the 1970s energy crisis, 100% new U.S. power capacity came from renewable sources in November, California added as much solar in 2013 as it did in the prior 30 years, India’s largest coal company now powers its headquarters with solar, Germany twice powered over 50% of its peak electricity demand with wind and solar, the list goes on.
And yet while many parts of the world are rapidly transitioning to 100% clean energy, 25% of people worldwide lack access to electricity. As solar continues its exponential growth (after all, solar cells are built from the same fundamental technology—semiconductors—that are behind the fabled Moore’s Law), we can bring not only electricity, but 100% clean energy to the billions of people currently without it.
The question is how are we going to finance and facilitate this? The answer is simple—you and your mobile phone.
Did you know more people in the world have cell phones than access to electricity? Or that 25% of Kenya’s Gross National Product flows through mobile phones? Imagine individuals in Brazil, families in India, and communities in Southeast Asia making monthly payments for 100% clean, reliable electricity on their mobile phones. And imagine those payments flowing directly back to you—the lender, whereby you can reinvest your proceeds into another solar project on your mobile phone.
At Mosaic, we believe that the fastest way to transition to a 100% clean energy economy is to allow more people to participate in that transition and benefit from it.
And that’s what our recent $1M award from Verizon’s Powerful Answers award will enable us to do … check out the video below.
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By Emily Deanne
Shower shoes? Check. Extra-long sheets? Yep. Energy efficiency checklist? No worries — we've got you covered there. If you're one of the nation's 12.1 million full-time undergraduate college students, you no doubt have a lot to keep in mind as you head off to school. If you're reading this, climate change is probably one of them, and with one-third of students choosing to live on campus, dorm life can have a big impact on the health of our planet. In fact, the annual energy use of one typical dormitory room can generate as much greenhouse gas pollution as the tailpipe emissions of a car driven more than 156,000 miles.
By Lorraine Chow
Kokia drynarioides is a small but significant flowering tree endemic to Hawaii's dry forests. Native Hawaiians used its large, scarlet flowers to make lei. Its sap was used as dye for ropes and nets. Its bark was used medicinally to treat thrush.
States that invest heavily in renewable energy will generate billions of dollars in health benefits in the next decade instead of spending billions to take care of people getting sick from air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels, according to a new study from MIT and reported on by The Verge.
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could be gearing up for an eruption after a pond of water was discovered inside its summit crater for the first time in recorded history, according to the AP.
By Kristin Ohlson
From where I stand inside the South Dakota cornfield I was visiting with entomologist and former USDA scientist Jonathan Lundgren, all the human-inflicted traumas to Earth seem far away. It isn't just that the corn is as high as an elephant's eye — are people singing that song again? — but that the field burgeons and buzzes and chirps with all sorts of other life, too.
Humanity faced its hottest month in at least 140 years in July, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Thursday. The finding confirms similar analysis provided by its EU counterparts.
By Hans Nicholas Jong
Indonesia's president has made permanent a temporary moratorium on forest-clearing permits for plantations and logging.
It's a policy the government says has proven effective in curtailing deforestation, but whose apparent gains have been criticized by environmental activists as mere "propaganda."