Monthly Archives: October 2015

Energy Efficiency & Technological Advancements

Standards of living have improved and since the year 2000 global GDP has also risen. New technologies and ideas have brought in a lot of hope and promise to satiate our energy demands and at the same time lowering units spent annually. For example: 275 units (KwH) annual consumption for a 350 L refrigerator.
 
With the advent of concepts of energy efficiency and good marketing about energy efficient products and devices ( such as the BEE label- 2 star, 3 star, 4 star and 5 star) people are becoming responsible. In simple terms, people think less power usage means less electricity bill.
Also, there are over a billion vehicles on planet earth and that means harmful NOx, and CO emissions from the vehicle. To counter that we are turning to more efficient and stringent Euro Norms.
But still, a lot more needs to be done.

Will we Loose the Antarctic?

A Research published in nature has revealed that a jump in global average temperatures of 1.5°C-2°C will see the collapse of Antarctic ice shelves and will subsequently lead to hundreds and even thousands of years of sea level rise.
Around 90% of the heat from global warming has gone into the ocean, and because of this ocean warming antarctic ice sheets, also known as ice shelves are in danger. Melting of these ice shelves will results in a substantial increase approximately 40 cm rise by the year 2100. (See Here)