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Patagonia Environmental Protection Versus Clean Energy

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August 13, 2012
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American conservationist Kristine Tompkins and her husband Douglas have bought 263,000 hectares of land from Argentinian farmers in order to create a national park. But Chile's energy sector wants to produce hydroelectricity on the same land. A consortium plans to build five dams and flood large areas of land to produce hydroelectric power. Kris and Doug Tompkins are battling against Chilean politicians and ranchers. In the past 20 years, the couple has created a total of 11 nature preserves in South America for about 250 million dollars. Selfless commitment or checkbook tourism?


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3BL Media (Jan. 3, 2013) According to http://energystar.gov, as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. At a minimum, you should change the filter in your furnace every three months it is in use. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm. A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system, saving you energy and money. Visit http://ilenergysaver.org to learn more energy saving tips. Remember to inspect, clean or change your furnace filter once a month, and stop those dirty thieves.
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Icebreakers: Melting Chile's Glaciers

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GlobalPost (Apr. 27, 2011) The landscape in Patagonia has been created over time by the harshest elements, but in many ways its future is being shaped by human hands - and not for the better.
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Studio Guest: Dr. Brigitte Knopf, Climate Scientist

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Deutsche Welle (Sep. 11, 2011) Dr. Brigitte Knopf works for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. She focuses on energy systems and their effect on the climate.DW-TV: Welcome to the program. Scientists from the Max-Plack-Institute suggest that wind energy is limited. What's your take on that?Brigitte Knopf: First of all it's fully correct that there is in principal a physical limit on the wind potential. But it's not relevant for energy supply for the whole world. So it's not relevant for today or for 2050 or even 2100. So nothing to worry about at the moment?Not that much, no.Would you agree that solar power is the renewable that has the most potential at the moment?At the moment yes, it has a big technical potential. But you also have to consider the costs and you have to compare the different technologies and what is less expensive.Most worldwide energy needs at the moment are still being met by carbon fuels: oil, natural gas, coal. Renewables now only cover 13% of energy needs. Only a tiny fraction
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