Energy 101

Fundamental concepts everyone should know

Evolution. War. Prosperity — they all have energy in common. Here are the ten things everyone should know about energy.

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Energy Myth Busters

Separating truth from fiction

Is wind cheaper than nuclear power?
Is Alberta, Canada the new Saudi Arabia of oil? Test your energy IQ.

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Energy Accidents and Disaster

Explore the Human and environmental toll of energy

By their nature, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy pose great risks. This is a collection of calamaties caused by our energy systems.

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Energy and Climate Primer

How energy use affects the Earth’s climate

A changing climate affects all of humanity. Learn how energy is the cause-and the solution-to climate change.

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Energy Wonders

Explore the energy wonders of the world

What’s the energy equivalent of the Great Pyramids? Check out these energy marvels in nature and society.

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The Energy Library: An Overview

The role of energy in society and the environment

Energy is essential to understanding the Big Bang, evolution, economic growth, poverty, household budgets, climate change, the stock market, violent conflict, and why big, fierce animals are rare. Advances in our understanding of energy were made by giants in human history: Archimedes, Newton, Einstein, Fermi, Watt, Edison, and Faraday.

As evidenced by the discovery of fire, agriculture, oil, and nuclear energy, new forms of energy bring extraordinary changes in human life. They also brought unprecedented environmental destruction and unforeseen impacts on human health.

The depletion of oil, surging energy demand in the developing world, and the need to manage future climate change drive humanity to the brink of another major energy transition.

The Energy Library is the source for information vital to the understanding and wise management of that transition.

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    This entry was compiled, edited and written by: Cutler Cleveland

    BLEVE, pronounced "blevvy," is an acronym for "boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion". This is a type of explosion that can occur when a vessel containing a pressurized liquid is ruptured. Such explosions can be extremely hazardous. A BLEVE can occur in a vessel that stores a substance that is usually a gas at atmospheric pressure but is a liquid when pressurized…

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    This entry was compiled, edited and written by: Cutler Cleveland

    BLEVE, pronounced "blevvy," is an acronym for "boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion". This is a type of explosion that can occur when a vessel containing a pressurized liquid is ruptured. Such explosions can be extremely hazardous. A BLEVE can occur in a vessel that stores a substance that is usually a gas at atmospheric pressure but is a liquid when pressurized…

  • Boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion (BLEVE)

    This entry was compiled, edited and written by: Cutler Cleveland

    BLEVE, pronounced "blevvy," is an acronym for "boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion". This is a type of explosion that can occur when a vessel containing a pressurized liquid is ruptured. Such explosions can be extremely hazardous. A BLEVE can occur in a vessel that stores a substance that is usually a gas at atmospheric pressure but is a liquid when pressurized…