Day: July 29, 2013

Registration now open for the 14th Biennial Governor’s Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System

Illinois-River-2013-impact Registration is now open for the 14th Biennial Governor’s Conference on the Illinois River system – Working Locally-Reaching Globally, which will be held in Peoria, IL from October 1-3, 2013.

The conference will host speakers from Federal, State and private organizations on new technology, environmental and economic health, and green thinking. The conference will take a new focus on the global impacts of the Illinois River and its inhabitants – aquatic life, wildlife, plants and YOU! The conference is coming this October 1-3 at Peoria’s Four Points by Sheraton.

Register online now at www.conferences.illinois.edu/ilriver or by calling 217-244-7657.

How should we deal with increasing electronic waste? [audio]

Listen to the interview.

As new technology becomes more rapidly available, unwanted electronics are building up in America’s landfills.  Electronics or e-waste makes up  nearly 70% of toxic waste found in landfills. Jim Grandholm, founder of Michigan-based Green Earth Electronics Recycling, discusses how these items become e-waste and how they can be safely disposed of or donated.

Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate benefits of wind and solar generation

Kyle Siler-Evans, Inês Lima Azevedo, M. Granger Morgan, and Jay Apt (2013). “Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate benefits of wind and solar generation.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online ahead of print. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1221978110

Abstract: When wind or solar energy displace conventional generation, the reduction in emissions varies dramatically across the United States. Although the Southwest has the greatest solar resource, a solar panel in New Jersey displaces significantly more sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter than a panel in Arizona, resulting in 15 times more health and environmental benefits. A wind turbine in West Virginia displaces twice as much carbon dioxide as the same turbine in California. Depending on location, we estimate that the combined health, environmental, and climate benefits from wind or solar range from $10/MWh to $100/MWh, and the sites with the highest energy output do not yield the greatest social benefits in many cases. We estimate that the social benefits from existing wind farms are roughly 60% higher than the cost of the Production Tax Credit, an important federal subsidy for wind energy. However, that same investment could achieve greater health, environmental, and climate benefits if it were differentiated by region.