Category Archives: EnvironMonitor

Carbon footing; Carbon financing; Greenhouse Gases; Sustainable environment; Alternative energy; Clean energy

Datamonitor environment indicators

Datamonitor 360 database “Country Statistics” provides macro/socio-economic and demographic data for 215 countries worldwide; both historically and forecasted. Some of this data also includes time series environmental indicators such as Pollution > Air pollution > CO2 emissions and Greenhouse gas emissions, Weather > Annual Rainfall and Temperature. Datasets are not available for all countries e.g. for Asia Pacific, Greehouse gas emission data are available only for Japan and Hong Kong.  However the data is exportable into formats like Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint and Word from its database “Country Statistics” and is a simple way to quickly generate analytics for datasets.


New title on Renewable Energy

Title: Introduction to renewable energy
Author: Nelson Vaughn
Call number: TJ808 N424
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As the world population grows and places more demand on limited fossil fuels, renewable energy becomes more relevant as part of the solution to the impending energy dilemma. Renewable energy is now included in national policies, with goals for it to be a significant percentage of generated energy within the coming decades. A comprehensive overview, Introduction to Renewable Energy explores how we can use the sun, wind, biomass, geothermal resources, and water to generate more sustainable energy. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the book integrates economic, social, environmental, policy, and engineering issues related to renewable energy. It explains the fundamentals of energy, including the transfer of energy, as well as the limitations of natural resources. Starting with solar power, the text illustrates how energy from the sun is transferred and stored; used for heating, cooling, and lighting; collected and concentrated; and converted into electricity. A chapter describes residential power usage—including underground and off-grid homes—and houses that are designed to use energy more efficiently or to be completely self-sufficient. Other chapters cover wind power; bioenergy, including biofuel; and geothermal heat pumps; as well as hydro, tidal, and ocean energy. [Extracted from book cover]


The largest tower of solar power.

When completed in 2013, the project discussed in this video will represent the largest solar tower power plant in the world. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will produce 392 MW from over 170,000 heliostats focused onto a 450 ft (137 m) tall tower in California’s Mojave Desert. The system is expected to double solar thermal power production in the U.S.

Wind Energy Report 2009

This report is by the World Wind Energy Association. According to this report, in 2009, wind energy was a 50 billion euro business in terms of revenue. It employed around 550,000 people around the world. More data like installed capacity of wind power in the world by year; offshore wind power by MW in top 5 countries like UK, Denmark, Holland, Sweden & Germany can be found from this report which is available at their site.

Hidden Costs of Energy

Title: Hidden costs of energy : unpriced consequences of energy production and use
By:  National Research Council of the National Academies
Call number: TD195.E49N277
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From the National Research Council’s Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption, this study reports on the external costs and benefits associated with energy production, distribution, and use related to health, environment, security, and infrastructure, but are not reflected in market prices and usually not taken into account during decision making. Damages from energy for electricity, transportation, and heat are outlined, such as air pollution and climate change, as well as risks to national security. Focus is on coal, natural gas, and petroleum, with some discussion of nuclear power and renewable energy.