According to new data released by the U.S. National Park Service, the United States has a noisy half and a quiet half.
Researchers carried out 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring to create this map of noise levels across America on an average summer day.
The National Park Service plans to use the map to identify places where human-made noise might be affecting wildlife.
(Source: The Washington Post)
EU bioenergy potential from a resource-efficiency perspective is a 2013 publication, available via the European Union Collection. It is published by the EEA.
The European Union has set itself the ambitious target to increase the share of renewable sources in final energy consumption to 10% by 2020 (EC, 2009).
This is motivated by the widespread recognition that using fossil fuels to generate energy causes significant harm to the environment and well-being.
Renewable energy technologies offer a way to increase resource efficiency significantly - enabling society to meet it's energy needs at much lower environmental costs.
(Source: European Energy Agency)
The Economist's Daily Chart features this map of the Arctic and due to specific issues, the fight for Arctic dominance has somewhat cooled down.
Since mid-2014, falling oil prices and Russia's faltering economic have lessened the Arctic's allure.
The Arctic contains vast amounts of energy which could become accessible as the world warms and the ice retreats in summer. The US Geological Survey has said that about a quarter of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas lies in Arctic waters. But even at $100 a barrel for crude oil, many fields were marginal because the environment is so extreme. With oil at $50 a barrel, few Arctic fields would be economic.
(Source: The Economist)