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Renewable Energy: Not so Environment Friendly?

Aditya 0 Ratings 24 Discussions 33 Group posts

Posted by: Aditya

Renewable Energy

Harvard University researchers Lee Miller and David Keith have published two studies focusing on the environmental impacts of using renewable energy in the US to meet the energy demands.

Their work has brought to the fore a new facet of renewable energy by showing that these sources of energy, despite being a much better option than non-renewable energy sources (e.g. coal) may not have negligible impacts on the environment. 

The significant impacts of transitioning to these energy sources include five to twenty times more land requirements than previously thought and average surface warming of 0.24 degree Celsius over the continental U.S. 

Results from these studies emphasize the importance of developing a deeper understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of renewable energy sources before embarking on employing them on large-scales.

Study Links: 1.) http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aae102

2.)  https://www.cell.com/joule/fulltext/S2542-4351(18)30446-X

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