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by Nancy LaPlaca Power plants waste 65% of their energy. Cars waste even more. The fossil-fueled cars we drive today are extremely inefficient. What does that mean? It means that 70-80% of the energy in the gasoline that you put into your car doesn’t do any work, it doesn’t move a car an inch. Instead,...
Congratulations to NC’s Climate Champions We’re excited to announce the winners of our 2021 Blue Sky Awards! Each year, CleanAIRE NC honors the individuals, organizations, and partners who have shown extraordinary commitment to tackling the climate crisis and improving North Carolina’s air quality. On Wednesday, November 10th, CleanAIRE NC presented the following 2021 Blue Sky Awards...
by Nancy LaPlaca The Age of Consequences for so-called ‘externalities’ has arrived – but what is an externality? In the jargon of economists, an externality is a cost (or benefit) to a third party who did not agree to it. Air pollution is a classic externality. For example, power plant owners or car manufacturers don’t...
by Maria Sharova Earlier this year, our Citizen Science Program underwent a network review. While we were thinking about the next phase of our monitoring network, one of our partners at East Carolina University, Dr. Yoo Min Park, was hard at work distributing monitors in Pitt County. Dr. Park is an Assistant Professor of Geographic...
by Kat Soltany In 1980, when Steve O’Neil was in the 6th grade, he gazed in awe as his teacher Mr. Jackson showed his class a solar-powered fan. The fan’s motor was connected to a small square solar panel, using energy from the sun to blow air into his face. Mr. Jackson then spoke about...
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