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Savage Irony: Alberta Wildfires in Tar Sands Town Tied to Global Warming

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

May 9, 2016 9:12:10 AM

The inferno roaring around the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta,has called attention to the dire impacts we can expect if fossil fuel projects proceed as planned.Photo: Wikimedia Commons

ENVIRONMENTALIST BILL MCKIBBEN, a vocal opponent of the proposed XL Pipeline—originating in the Tar Sands of Canada—has likened the extraction of those dirty fuels to a death blow for the planet, and he's not alone. The major concern is the release of buried methane in the extraction process, but that's just one straw on the climate change camel's back. There's also the burning of the extracted oil, the clearing and burning of forests and so on.

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Smart Home Evolution: Connected and Solar

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 5, 2016 1:50:36 PM

Both the solar and smart home technology categories are growing at meteoric rates.  To date, the sectors have remained relatively independent, but their convergence will soon offer a game-changing level of control, independence, and peace of mind to homeowners.

Solar and smart home technology are consistently, month after month, two of the hottest topic areas of interest to Green Builder Media’s readers.  And it’s no wonder—with the extensive and rapid innovation occurring in both sectors, there is a lot to be excited about.

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In Effort to Speed Smart Lighting Adoption, Stack Shares Its "Code"

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 2, 2016 2:02:38 PM

A new partner program opens up access to Stack's advanced technology.Stack-smartphone-app.jpg

Stack has just announced that it will offer access to motion sensing algorithms and ambient light sensor technology to third parties, under a program called "Stack Enabled."

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China and India: Doing the Unimaginable to Address Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 28, 2016 10:54:39 AM

In the four months since the United Nation’s COP21 meetings in Paris, China and India have taken huge strides in their quest to reduce carbon, improve air quality, and shift to a sustainable economy.

Climate action has never been so en vogue. Last Friday, 175 nations signed the Paris accord, using Earth Day as the celebratory milieu to take a vital next step in the hard-fought, decades-long battle to reduce global emissions. 

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What to Know Before Installing a Green Roof on an Existing Structure

Posted by Jennifer Beidle, Guest Contributor

Apr 27, 2016 1:39:28 PM

Building owners need to look carefully at their structural strength and the potential for leakage before signing off on any green roof project.

Green roofs are an ideal way for building owners to lower their heating and cooling costs, provide additional insulation, help manage storm water and transform an ordinary roof into a nature retreat for tenants.  And while the demand for green roofs has steadily increased since 2004, particularly in densely populated metropolitan areas, there are several factors building owners should consider before investing in a green roof for their structure.

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