The data continues to look worse, and this video explains just how dire the situation is:
Sep 22, 2016 11:53:28 AM
Sep 20, 2016 3:13:58 PM
The “decarbonization” of America’s building is critical to reducing carbon emissions by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, the amount scientists believe is necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change. California, long a national and world leader in fighting climate change, is already beginning to take a look at how to reduce the carbon pollution from fuels burned inside buildings for space and water heating.
Sep 20, 2016 3:04:36 PM
Researchers with ORNL’s Building Equipment Research Group are working with General Electric Appliances to produce a refrigerator based on the magnetocaloric effect. The ORNL team is also developing an air conditioner based on the same principle.
Sep 18, 2016 5:14:47 PM
Better Futures Minnesota and Habitat for Humanity are opening used building-materials, appliance and fixtures stores within a block of each other on a mile of Minnehaha Avenue S. between 26th and 38th streets that feature retailers peddling used and recycled goods.
Better Futures opened at 26th and Minnehaha and also launched an online e-commerce site for reclaimed building materials. Better Futures, which employs 72 people, most of whom are re-entering the workforce from prison, also provides “deconstruction services” that a Hennepin County official said are cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternatives to demolition. Eighty-five percent of a building is recycled.
“We look at how to minimize construction and demolition waste going to the landfill,” said Paul Kroening, a supervising environmentalist at Hennepin County. “Better Futures is the only one providing deconstruction services, and it works well with employment training and improving lives.”
Aug 24, 2016 8:06:43 AM
Back in 2014, for example, at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, "radioactive materials leaked from a damaged storage drum. Analysis of several accidents, by DOE, have shown lack of a "safety culture" at the facility," according to Wikipedia (photo shown).
According to the LA Times, in this latest incident, which happened in February of this year, the experts still have not determined whty the waste became unstable.
"A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste buried 2150 ft. below the earth essentially "erupted," into a foaming mass, sending plutonium-laced airborne particles up a ventilation shaft and poisoning 21 workers.
The accident contaminated the nation's only dump for nuclear weapons waste — previously a focus of pride for the Energy Department — and gave the nation's elite ranks of nuclear chemists a mystery they still cannot unravel.Six months after the accident, the exact chemical reaction that caused the drum to burst is still not understood. Indeed, the Energy Department has been unable to precisely identify the chemical composition of the waste in the drum, a serious error in a handling process that requires careful documentation and approval of every substance packaged for a nuclear dump." (full article).
Aug 12, 2016 9:20:26 AM
An infographic supplied by autoloansolutions.com shows us how EVs are the future of transportation.
Aug 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM
The Freedonia Group, an industry research firm, asserts that:
Global demand for insulation is expected to rise 3.7 percent per year to 26.0 billion square meters of R-1 value in 2020. Developing countries are expected to account for the majority of insulation demand gains, with rising building construction activity and industrial output driving growth. For example, over half of new global demand generated between 2015 and 2020 will occur in the Asia/Pacific region. China, India, and Indonesia are among that region's developing countries expected to post solid growth in insulation demand. In high-income countries, a combination of recovery in construction activity and efforts to make existing buildings more energy efficient will boost insulation demand. These and other trends are presented in World Insulation, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.
Aug 4, 2016 1:42:16 PM
Aug 1, 2016 10:25:55 AM
The designs range from a maternity ward meant to lower Uganda’s infant mortality rate to an initiative to compost the deceased and they demonstrate that place-based design has far-reaching influence, and that all types of places, from the lowly median to the standard storefront, to the towering, abandoned steel plant, can be repurposed to be inspirational and of community value.
Jul 11, 2016 2:47:38 PM
Scientists have known for years that melting ice in the Artic is causing sea levels to rise. What they recently discovered, however, is that a phenomenon called ‘Artic Amplification’—the exacerbation of melting ice caused by rising temperatures—has created large areas of dark, open water that quickly absorb warmth from the sun, causing the ice to melt even faster (in contrast, white frozen ice reflects sunlight back into space.)
Jul 6, 2016 3:08:24 PM
MILLENNIALS ARE A huge part of the rental market and are becoming a major part of the buying market. In fact, the largest percentage (32 percent) of all homebuyers are millennials, according to a 2015 report by the National Association of Realtors.
Jun 28, 2016 9:18:17 PM
These simple steps from NV Energy don't cost a thing, but can potentially save you 10 to 25% on your monthly energy bill.
Jun 22, 2016 7:42:12 AM
According to the NRDC, America's utilities are uniquely positioned to help the EV market with more charging stations, increasing awareness of the benefits of EVs, and providing incentives to charge cars at times that benefit the the grid.