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Environment

As obvious as this seems, the environment is impossible to ignore. Yet as a political issue, the environment seems to fall by the wayside until something like Superstorm Sandy reminds us that we’re truly at nature’s mercy.

So the government must always be mindful of the environment – and must find a way to strike a balance between preservation and economic growth. Economic and corporate goals aren’t always aligned with what’s best for nature (see the Keystone XL Pipeline or the ongoing debate about fracking), so it’s important that we remain as informed as possible.

Wind Power Industry Negatively Impacted by El Niño

El Niño Buffers U.S. Wind Power Dreams

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made it official last week. The current El Niño is classified as a strong event. An El Niño falls into the “strong” category if weekly sea surface temperatures depart from the average by more than two degrees Celsius. In fact, this El Niño has nudged ahead of the...

Translucent Solar Concentrators Solidify Solar Power's Future

Aesthetic Advances Solidify Solar’s Future

As crazy as it sounds, one of the main factors holding back more solar panel installations is their unsightliness. In the United States, a lot of pride is connected to our homes. We want our green lawns. We don’t want black slabs on our roofs. But the industry wants to start giving consumers what they...

Clean Power Plan: Shedding Light on Obama's New Goals

Shedding Light on Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Last Monday, President Obama released the much-anticipated Clean Power Plan. The plan sets standards and goals for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. The Obama Administration emphasized a sense of urgency in its rollout of the plan. “I am convinced that no challenge poses a greater threat to our future...

Water War Waging in the Middle East: ISIS at the Front

ISIS Wages the World’s First Water War

“Water is the single most important determination of civilization.” Famed international and commodities investor Jim Rogers said that in an interview with marketing agency Sinclair & Co. And he’s right… History shows that no civilization can survive without water – no matter how advanced. Earlier this year, the Journal of the American Water Works Association...

El Niño Pattern Discovered: What to Expect This Year

Just Discovered: The El Niño Pattern

By now you probably know that the 2015 El Niño is on its way, and soon it’ll start affecting markets around the world. Meteorologists have been tracking weather patterns and signs of the event using stochastic models to predict when El Niño will begin, and how intense it will be. But, while these models are...

El Niño’s Predicted to Have Far-Reaching Effects

Report Predicts El Niño’s Far-Reaching Effects

El Niño is pounding at the world’s door right now, and there’s no way to stop it from barging in. The phenomenon causes major global weather and climate fluctuations that can wreak havoc on the world’s agriculture market. And the only way to combat El Niño’s effects on your portfolio is to read the predictions...

Oil, Coal, and LNG May Be Gone Sooner Than You Think

Will You Be Alive When We Run Out of Oil?

By the time I turn 81, humanity will have run out of oil. Just two years later, when I am 83, we’ll run out of coal. And if I live to the age of 141 – which isn’t such a far-fetched idea with the way life expectancy is rising – we’ll be out of natural...

California Drought Could Benefit From Israel's Water Woes

A Solution to the California Drought?

The relentless drought in California is about halfway through its fourth year, and there seems to be no end in sight. Not surprisingly, water restrictions are reaching drastic levels. California’s state water board approved emergency drought regulations, proposed by Governor Jerry Brown, to curtail water use in urban areas by 25%. The situation is getting...

Diamonds Found Beneath Screw Pine Trees

This Plant Could Be a Sign of Buried Treasure

Shhh, nature is trying to tell you something… You just have to pay attention, and know what to look for. Take the Pandanus candelabrum, for instance. Also known as the screw pine, this rare, palm-like plant grows on and near the coast of tropical and subtropical environments – like the islands in Polynesia and Micronesia....