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Renewable Energy

The End of Stationarity

October 24, 2016

Welcome to the End … of Stationarity. And what is “stationarity”? We’re glad you asked. Scientists have devised a new term to explain the turmoil caused by climate change: the end of stationarity. It means that our baselines for rainfall, water flow, temperature, and extreme weather are no longer relevant—that making predictions based on past…

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Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

September 22, 2016

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way? Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of…

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Solar Dollars: Promote Renewable Energy & Support Local Economies

September 12, 2016

How can you use the sun as a way to not only generate renewable energy, but support the local economy and provide interest-free financing for utility companies? Author Thomas Greco (The End of Money and the Future of Civilization) has the answer: Solar Dollars! In a recent post on this blog (Beyond Money), Greco makes…

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Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

August 16, 2016

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today. Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could…

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Climate Change & the End of Stationarity

June 8, 2016

Just as predicting the rise of Donald Trump as a leading presidential candidate stumped even the best of political analysts (looking at you Nate “FiveThirtyEight” Silver), the advent of the Sixth Great Extinction due to climate change and an increasingly potent mix of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has completely upended how we predict the…

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Use Simple Games to Better Understand Climate Change

May 31, 2016

How is it that emissions keep growing despite rising concern about the climate change they cause? It is possible to identify several reasons for the paradox, most of which lie outside the scope of The Climate Change Playbook. But one important reason is relevant here: people do not understand the behaviors of the climate system.…

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Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

November 11, 2015

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has…

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5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

May 20, 2015

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this…

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Designing Your Own Solar Cooker & Dehydrator

May 6, 2015

In today’s world, nearly everything we use, from phones and computers to cars and kitchen appliances, requires energy derived from fossil fuels. Wouldn’t it be nice to offset some of that energy use by harnessing the renewable power of the sun? Josh Trought, founder of D Acres—an educational center in New Hampshire that researches, applies,…

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Depressed about Climate Change? Good. Here's How to Take Action

April 6, 2015

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? In What We Think About When…

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Building a Sustainable Community: The D Acres Model

March 24, 2015

If you were going to create a community-based homestead or farm from scratch, where would you start? What building materials would you use? What crops would you grow and what animals would you raise? How would you develop an organizational structure and connect with your community? And, how would you make sure all of this…

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Chelsea Green Publishing Turns 30!

November 17, 2014

Explore a slideshow of cover images from some of our most iconic books over the past 30 years. Excerpts from these books and close to 100 others are all part of a new Chelsea Green anthology celebrating our 30th anniversary – The Chelsea Green Reader. This collection offers readers a glimpse into our wide-ranging list…

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Chelsea Green Celebrates 30 Years of Craft and Cutting Edge Books

October 9, 2014

We here at Chelsea Green have always had a nose for authors and books that are years ahead of the cultural curve. That knack is clearly on display in a new anthology that we’re making available to celebrate our first thirty years in publishing. More than one hundred books are represented in this collection and…

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Replacing Windows? Understand Your New Glass Options

September 4, 2014

Having been in my passive solar home for 35 years, my original Alcoa windows were showing their age. The time had come to upgrade. My current experience of selecting which window and glass type to purchase turned out to be more formidable than I anticipated even as a professional in solar home design. There now…

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Low-Impact DIY Solutions From Our Publishing Partners

August 19, 2013

At Chelsea Green, our mission is to publish books designed to help people live more sustainable, self-sufficient, and ecologically conscious lives. Along with the books that we bring into print, we also partner with publishers and writers around the world and distribute their books throughout the United States. A new addition to our catalog comes…

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WATCH: Greg Pahl's Sustainably Heated Home: A Fireplace Insert

December 12, 2012

Greg Pahl, author of Power from the People, the latest installment in our Community Resilience Guides Series, also wrote Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options, which we published in 2003. The book is a guide to using woodstoves, passive and active solar, biomass, and other natural methods for keeping your nest…

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How to End Blackouts Forever: Amory Lovins on Time.com

December 6, 2012

In a recent online article for Time magazine, Amory Lovins spells out what we need to do in order to make our electrical power system more resilient in the face of catastrophic disruption brought by the likes of Hurricane Sandy, wild fires, earthquakes, or solar flares. Come hell or high water — and Hurricane Sandy…

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Power from the People – A Webinar with Greg Pahl

November 14, 2012

Renewable power is always better than fossil fuel power, but even solar and wind can stir up environmental concerns. Here in Vermont, where ridgeline construction is limited and restricted, residents are increasingly seeing their beloved landscapes interrupted by wind turbines. Meanwhile, activists in the southwest are seeing huge solar installations disrupt the delicate desert ecology.…

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Playing Nuclear Roulette in Vermont

November 13, 2012

Vermont’s lone nuclear reactor — Entergy-owned Vermont Yankee — has been named one of the five worst reactors in the United States, according to the new book Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth, published by Chelsea Green Publishing. For much of the past Vermont Yankee has been the focus…

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Seize the Power — It's Energy Awareness Month!

October 11, 2012

If you’re a Chelsea Green fan (read: you’re concerned about the planet) and you suffered through the first Presidential debate last week, your ears probably perked up when the President and Governor Romney faced off about energy. Since they are politicians, we can assume most of what they said was either completely untrue, or so…

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Project: Harvest Rainwater with Sand Filters

October 10, 2012

Here’s a great tip from Stephen and Rebekah Hren from their book The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit. Harvested rainwater needs filtration before it is potable. Pollution, particles from the air, debris from the collection system (your gutters) are not things you want to find in your tall glass…

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Van Jones: Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

August 29, 2012

“We are entering the tough terrain of an unforgiving new century. But there is a path forward,” says Jones in this excerpt from Greg Pahl’s book, Power from the People. This book rests an optimistic message on a pessimistic premise. The sobering underlying thesis is that human civilization is already in big trouble—both ecologically and…

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Power from the People is Here!

August 6, 2012

Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects by Greg Pahl is here! If you’ve ever looked up at the power lines feeding into your home and wondered if there could be a better way than giant plants miles from town supplying your electricity by burning dirty fossil fuels —…

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Pre-Release Special: Power from the People

July 30, 2012

More and more Americans acutely sense that the old way of doing things — investing our savings in Wall Street companies who care little about our families and communities; depending on polluting, costly, and non-renewable sources of energy; eating food grown far away that makes us sick — is no longer working. People want to…

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Energy Department Study Confirms Reinventing Fire's Vision

July 4, 2012

From TriplePundit, file in the extremely thin folder of articles that display governments’ ability to get with the program on climate change and peak oil! May there be many more such articles in the years to come, and maybe, just maybe, by 2050 we’ll get to celebrate real independence — from fossil fuels and the…

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