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Posts Tagged ‘Energy’

How to Make Biochar

For something that looks like a lump of charcoal, biochar certainly has a great press agent. The subject of books, articles, blog posts, research papers, workshop presentations, conference talks, and various top-ten-ideas-that-will-change-the-world lists, biochar enjoys a reputation that has, so far, exceeded its actual accomplishments. That’s too bad. Its potential ability to address a variety…

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CARBON CASCADES: How to Restore Earth’s Natural Balance

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In order to rescue ourselves from climate catastrophe, we need to radically alter how humans live on Earth. We have to go from spending carbon to banking it. A secret unlocked by the ancients of the Amazon for its ability to transform impoverished tropical soils into terra preta—fertile black earths—points the way. The indigenous custom of…

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The Evolution of Earth, Humans, and Our Natural Resources

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We have long been taught that evolution is a process that occurs gradually over millions of years, that change happens slowly without much attention. We’ve come to learn that in reality, evolution happens in fits and starts — very slowly for long periods, then in sudden spurts of rapid change. It may be triggered by…

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Preparing for Winter: Weatherproofing Your Windows

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If thinking about the cost to heat your home this winter has you knitting wool mittens and piling on another layer of blankets, you’re not alone. But did you know that a large majority of that hefty bill comes as a result of poor energy efficiency? If you have older windows it’s likely that air…

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12 Books for Essential Earth Day Reading

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As we celebrate Earth Day, you might be feeling inspired to do some reading about our great planet. We complied 12 books to get you going from farmland to global warming to economics. The best way to initiate change is to learn as much about the issues as possible and start conversations about what’s going…

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Designing Your Own Solar Cooker & Dehydrator

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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Petrini and Rifkin Talk Nature

Slow Food International President, and author of Terra Madre, Carlo Petrini discusses energy, environment, food and democracy with economist and activist Jeremy Rifkin. The following are excerpts from their interview, which first appeared in La Repubblica (Italy) on June 9, 2010, and were posted on SlowFood.com last week. “Petrini: My dear Jeremy, I find that…

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5 Tips to Turn Your Icebox into a Low-Carbon Super-Fridge

I don’t need to tell you why climate change is very, very bad. You’ve heard the litany dozens of times (melting ice caps, rising sea levels, more unpredictable and stronger storms, water shortages). But what can you do? First, it’s important that our government adopt a saner climate change policy. Fortunately, early indications are that…

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NY Times Book Review: Obama's Challenge

In the wake of Barack Obama’s historic campaign and election, a number of progressive titles have hit the bookshelves, either celebrating the Obama campaign’s historic achievement, analyzing his policies, or offering advice. The Sunday New York Times Book Review singled out a handful of these, including Rahm Emanuel’s policy handbook, The Plan, Evan Thomas’s compilation…

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NY Times Book Review: Obama's Challenge

In the wake of Barack Obama’s historic campaign and election, a number of progressive titles have hit the bookshelves, either celebrating the Obama campaign’s historic achievement, analyzing his policies, or offering advice. The Sunday New York Times Book Review singled out a handful of these, including Rahm Emanuel’s policy handbook, The Plan, Evan Thomas’s compilation…

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Breakthrough in Wind Turbine Technology a Leap Forward for Clean Energy

Nuclear power is not only problematic—it’s ridiculously expensive. Clean coal is anything but. Don’t get me started on oil. As alternative energy technology improves, and “dirty” energy continues to prove that it’s a dinosaur (no pun intended), it’s becoming clearer to all but the most stubborn, hard-headed extreme right-wing Republicans that the solution to our…

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Second TVA "Clean Coal" Spill Dumps Coal Ash, Gypsum into Alabama Creek

Another Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash pond ruptured today—this time in Alabama—spilling “some materials” into Widows Creek. But don’t worry, Alabama. Since “clean coal” is so clean, this should just be a refreshing bath for you, like the first spill in Tennessee last month. Right? Hm? Not so much? Aw, darn. Friday morning Tennessee Valley…

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WATCH: Greg Pahl Explores Your Solar-Powered Dream Home

As regular viewers of ChelseaGreenTV already know, Greg Pahl, author of Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options, completed an energy overhaul on his 1950s tract home by replacing the oil boiler, upgrading his fireplace, and installing a solar domestic hot water system. In this new video, Greg moves from away from…

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Looking Back: The Top 5 Stories of 2008

It’s that time of year again: December! What’s so great about December, you ask? There’s no presidential election, the inauguration is still over a month away, and have you been outside? It’s cold! Any other year, dear reader, I’d be right there with you. But this time around you’ll have more than cheap Scotch and…

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From Sunshine State to Solar State

It’s about time, Sunshine State. Florida Power & Light broke ground Tuesday on what it says will be the second-largest utility-scale solar investment of its kind in the US. It comprises 180,000 mirrors, and combines solar power with natural gas so that electricity will still be generated even when the sun is not shining. From…

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WATCH: Simran Sethi Interviews Van Jones at Bioneers by the Bay

Two of our favorite sustainability writers, Simran Sethi (co-author of Ethical Markets) and Van Jones (author of The Green Collar Economy [HarperOne, 2008]), had a lively onstage discussion at Bioneers by the Bay 2008. The two discussed the false opposition of economic growth vs. environmental stewardship (We can’t have both? Of course we can!), growing…

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Preparing for the Electric Future: An Electricity Primer

Finally we’re in the process of transitioning off oil, coal, and natural gas. The future is electric power. Clean and renewable electric power.  I can say that with certainty because—let’s face it—if our power isn’t clean and renewable, we won’t have a future. I’m an eco-geek. I daydream about building a bicycle generator to power…

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National Biodiesel Day

Farmers, engineers, environmentalists, and biofuel enthusiasts have reason to celebrate this month. March 18th is National Biodiesel Day, and this year will mark a 15% increase in the biodiesel industry over 2004, as promising information and legislation about the alternative fuel continue to crop up. The United States is a relative newcomer to the biodiesel…

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