A test project off the shores of Oahu, Hawaii is using a special buoy to collect wave power and turn it into electricity. While the idea isn't new, this is the first time that such a buoy has been connected to the grid and is actually producing usable power.
Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.
The summer Arctic could be ice-free in a few years, further accelerating global warming, and ultimately causing more volatile weather in the lower 48, of the kind we've been experiencing only... worse.
We have a problem distinguishing between wants and needs. Needs are food, clothing and shelter. Wants are iPods, Lady Gaga and nuclear energy. Honestly, we could all do with a good scolding from Mother Nature.
North America should forget a continental energy policy which will guarantee its economic pre-eminence -- but this will only work if the US imposes strict conservation and Mexico changes its oil policies immediately.