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The Economics Of Coal Burning Simply Do Not Pencil Out

That’s Good News for Communities, the Environment, and the Climate
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In 2000, the electric power industry in America generated 3,802 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, with 1,966 billion of them coming from coal (that’s 51.7% of the total). In 2020, the numbers were 4,007 billion kWh of total American electricity with 773 billion of them coming from coal (19.3%). That’s a massive reduction both in gross terms and in grid mix percentage.

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In 2000, the electric power industry in America generated 3,802 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, with 1,966 billion of them coming from coal (that’s 51.7% of the total). In 2020, the numbers were 4,007 billion kWh of total American electricity with 773 billion of them coming from coal (19.3%). That’s a massive reduction both in gross terms and in grid mix percentage.

Ecocentricity Blog: In Memoriam: E.O. Wilson

By: John A. Lanier
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Simply put, our fellow residents of planet Earth need a heck of a lot of space to live the way they have evolved to do so. It is to humanity’s folly if we try to convert every square inch of this world to human purposes.

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Simply put, our fellow residents of planet Earth need a heck of a lot of space to live the way they have evolved to do so. It is to humanity’s folly if we try to convert every square inch of this world to human purposes.

Ecocentricity Blog: And the Award Goes To...

By: John A. Lanier
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I continue to believe that empowering women is one of the most important ways we can solve environmental challenges around the world, and I can’t think of better examples than these women.

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I continue to believe that empowering women is one of the most important ways we can solve environmental challenges around the world, and I can’t think of better examples than these women.

Ecocentricity Blog: No Lack of Intelligence

By: John A. Lanier
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I’m not sharing this report out of a desire to scare anyone. Rather, I share it because it shows just how strong the consensus is that we need climate action.

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I’m not sharing this report out of a desire to scare anyone. Rather, I share it because it shows just how strong the consensus is that we need climate action.

Ecocentricity Blog: Proof of the Pudding

By: John A. Lanier
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In the face of so many social and environmental challenges, our species is beginning to face a reckoning on planet Earth. We need businesses to lean in and solve those challenges, rather than hide behind the excuse of returning economic gain to shareholders.

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In the face of so many social and environmental challenges, our species is beginning to face a reckoning on planet Earth. We need businesses to lean in and solve those challenges, rather than hide behind the excuse of returning economic gain to shareholders.

Ecocentricity Blog: Food Futurism

By: John A. Lanier
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If I had to guess, there is one category of science fiction technology that will come to fruition in my lifetime, and it’s of a type that might surprise you a bit. I’m talking about food.

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If I had to guess, there is one category of science fiction technology that will come to fruition in my lifetime, and it’s of a type that might surprise you a bit. I’m talking about food.

Ecocentricity Blog: Net Positive: Leaving the World Better Than You Found It

Guest Blog by Jeff Gowdy
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The business world has seen environmental action start with compliance, then to “beyond compliance,” stretch goals, measuring sustainability, measuring net zero, and now to “net positive.”

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The business world has seen environmental action start with compliance, then to “beyond compliance,” stretch goals, measuring sustainability, measuring net zero, and now to “net positive.”

Ecocentricity Blog: In The Now

By: John A. Lanier
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Gravity isn’t something that preserves the status quo - it’s constantly trying to create change, to make things go faster. I feel like a similar force, even if not quantifiable, is acting upon human societies right now.

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Gravity isn’t something that preserves the status quo - it’s constantly trying to create change, to make things go faster. I feel like a similar force, even if not quantifiable, is acting upon human societies right now.

Ecocentricity Blog: Life Creates Conditions Conducive to Life

By: John A. Lanier
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No matter how much we might foul her, nature will continue her laborious work to clean herself, to renew herself, and to become more resilient. And most amazingly of all, she doesn’t hold a grudge against our rebellious little species.

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No matter how much we might foul her, nature will continue her laborious work to clean herself, to renew herself, and to become more resilient. And most amazingly of all, she doesn’t hold a grudge against our rebellious little species.

Ecocentricity Blog: A Drink With Leonardo

By: John A. Lanier
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The promises of graphene aluminum-ion batteries are quite alluring – more energy density, reduced risk of combustion, made of a cheap and abundant material, longer lifespan, and eye-popping recharge rates (perhaps as much as 60 times faster to recharge than lithium-ion).

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The promises of graphene aluminum-ion batteries are quite alluring – more energy density, reduced risk of combustion, made of a cheap and abundant material, longer lifespan, and eye-popping recharge rates (perhaps as much as 60 times faster to recharge than lithium-ion).

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