It's Time to Move Beyond Dirty Coal
Post Carbon Institute, Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and AlterNet have partnered to show what’s at stake in the fight against coal with a powerful slideshow of recent coal disasters including the Freedom Industries chemical spill, Duke Energy ash spill, West Virginia slurry spill, mountaintop removal mining and more.
After viewing this slideshow, read essays from The Energy Reader, which includes more than 30 essays by some of the most insightful and expert voices exploring the consequences of our rapacious hunger for ever more energy. Contributors include Bill McKibben, Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Vandana Shiva, Richard Heinberg, Lester Brown, Amory Lovins, Sandra Steingraber, James Hansen, Winona LaDuke and James Woolsey. Collectively, they offer a wake-up call about the future of energy and what each of us can do to change course.
The move comes after regional authorities declared a state of emergency over the weekend after sightings of more than 50 bears in the town of Belushya Guba since December.
This year's letter from Bill and Melinda Gates focused on nine things that surprised them. For the Microsoft-cofounder, one thing he was surprised to learn was the massive amount of new buildings the planet should expect in the coming decades due to urban population growth.
"The number of buildings in the world is going to double by 2060. It's like we're going to build a new New York City every month for the next 40 years," he said.