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Matt Power

As a veteran reporter, Matt Power has covered virtually every aspect of design and construction. His award-winning articles often tackle tough environmental challenges in a way that makes them relevant to both professionals and end users. An expert on both building science and green building, he has a long history of asking hard questions--and adding depth and context as he unfolds complex issues.

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Paperless Billing for a Bank Card Can Kill Your Credit: and May Not Even Be Green

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 7, 2014 7:51:16 AM

Putting your faith in paperless billing with credit card companies such as Discover can expose your credit rating to extreme risk, and may not even have the green moral high ground.

LIKE MANY PEOPLE, I always assumed that paperless billing was a relatively risk free venture.  But now that I've experienced first hand what can happen when things go wrong. I'm going back to paper, for two reasons. First, I can't risk more damage to my credit rating. Second, I've been reading up on the poorly understood environmental impacts of "paperless" accounting.

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Santa Beware! Home Technology Has Changed.

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 2, 2014 12:57:00 PM

This letter is to let Santa (and his reindeer) know that he's going to have trouble, if he expects to follow his old routine in our modern house.

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Proposed Floating City "Expands" Into Forests, Farms and Homes

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2014 12:07:06 PM

A Japanese firm has created plans for a self-sustaining city that can float in the Pacific, complete with forests and gardens.

The Shimizu Corp. likes to think big. One of their latest brainchilds is something called Greenfloat. It's a new environmental city concept that, from a bird's eye view, resembles the bioological process of cell division.Tha't no accident.

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Global Economic Collapse Is Imminent, Say the Australians

Posted by Matt Power

Nov 14, 2014 8:43:00 AM

The Australians aren't pulling any punches when it comes to forecasting the end of life as we know it. In a new report titled "Is Global Collapse Imminent," the Univ. of Melbourne suggests that the end of cheap oil will soon result in a major breakdown of the the status quo.

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Computer Plays the Strange, Secret Music of Trees

Posted by Matt Power

Nov 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM

A computerized device converts tree ring data into melodies and sounds.

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Hilary Clinton's Unforgiveable Sin: Fracking the World

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 6, 2014 5:55:00 PM

Hilary Clinton takes a lot of heat politically, much of it personal, mean-spirited and unfair. Too often the criticism has to do with her personal life, her character and other celebrity-type issues that are frankly irrelevant to her position as U.S. Secretary of State.

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Which States Are the "Greenest" in All the Land?

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 5, 2014 9:42:00 AM

The latest map of statewide adoption of Energy Codes from the U.S. Department of Energy shows big differences in state attitudes toward building efficiency.

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New Report Re-Confirms Formaldehyde-Cancer Link

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 27, 2014 6:23:00 PM

For several years now, formaldehyde has been on the EPA's list of probable human carcinogens. Back in 2011, at the request of controversial senator, David Vitter, R-La (since unseated), a study concluded that formaldehyde should be considered an irritant, but not carcinogenic.  But this new report by the National Academy of Sciences reverses that finding.

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What do People Over 50 Want? Cops, Schools and Walkable Streets. As Long as They're Free.

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 30, 2014 4:06:00 PM

A new study by the AARP asked Americans over 50 to prioritize the things that they would most like to see in their neighborhood.The results spring from an odd mix of fear, belief in education and rejection of auto-centric lifestyles. For example, not shown on this chart was a strong interest in having bus service nearby.

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Scientists Discover a Biological Key to Saving Coral Reefs

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 29, 2014 12:35:00 PM

It's the algae. Well, not just any algae, as a team of researchers just reported in the Scientific journal, Phycologia. Each type of coral reef has very specific species of algae that defend it. While it's not clear exactly how these algae shield the delicate reefs, the article infers that if the algae can be better understood and kept healthy, it may be able to do what humans have not--save coral reefs from extinction due to climate change impacts.

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