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All zeros: Net zero building requires occupant engagement

Achieving Net Zero Building Status Requires Occupant Engagement

On February 26th, about 100 people gathered in San Francisco to discuss the world’s greenest buildings and the future of green building.  They discussed strategies that spawned a revolution in net-zero building as well as the frontier of new techniques and innovations. Net-Zero, for those not familiar, is a term used to describe the net energy consumption and energy footprint…

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U.S. coal consumption is declining, but it does not offset the exponential growth of coal consumption globally.

U.S. Coal Consumption Down

Despite record amounts being spent to propagandize the coal industry and the ridiculous concept of “clean coal”, United States coal consumption has gone down.  Sort of. A recent report from the Energy Information Administration indicates the U.S.’s relative consumption has gone done, while the world consumption continues to rise at a nauseating rate.  This matters in a couple ways.  U.S….

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Nissan lowers price for Electric Vehicles

GM and Nissan Announce Lower Electric Vehicle Prices

For those of you who always wanted an electric vehicle but the near $36,000 price tag was a deal-breaker: your time has come.  Nissan took the first step, announcing last month an 18 percent price cut, bringing the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) from $35,200 to just $28,800.  That’s still a lot of money, but brings the entirely electric vehicle into…

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Do climate change rallies really help bring about effective change?

The Importance (or not) of Climate Change Rallies

Seems every day there is a new rally related to the environment.  Usually they’re in Washington D.C., and usually they’re related to a specific environmental policy or business decision citizens are asking politicians to stop. But in the 21st century, should we re-evaluate the effectiveness of a rally?  In a recent episode of the (will be short-lived) NBC sitcom 1600…

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NASA Develops Aircraft Design that Uses 50 Percent Less Fuel

It seems like new, innovative technologies to reduce our carbon footprint are always 10 years away.  It’s hard to imagine there won’t be another amazing technology just around the corner.  In this case, NASA has developed a manufacturing method for wing-shaped aircraft.  When combined with an uber-efficient jet engine called an “ultra-high bypass ratio engine”, this new design promises to…

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A Truth Market campaign offered $5000 to anyone able to prove more than 5 percent of credible scientists questioned man-made global warming. There were no takers.

What is Proof of Climate Change Worth to You?

A recent bounty on the crowd-funded myth-busting site “TruthMarket” offered $5,000 to anyone who could definitely prove that more than 5 percent of credible scientists disagreed with the connection between climate change and human actions. Truthmarket is a website that allows people to offer cash bounties to people who can prove or disprove a statement.  Proof must be definitive as…

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Permaculture and Perennial Crops as a Geo-Engineering Strategy

Geo-engineering has received a bad rap over the last decade as radical ideas get mixed reviews on the scientific stage.  For those not familiar, geo-engineering is a term used to describe a combination of technology, innovation and environmentalism aimed at changing the trajectory of climate change. Historically, geo-engineering has fallen into two categories: solar radiation mitigation and carbon dioxide removal. …

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