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Energy savings in a piece of foam
January 22, 2008 12:33 PM - , Private Landowner Network

Common in many US homes (and perhaps homes in other countries) is the folding attic stair. More akin to a step ladder than a stair, the device, which folds into the ceiling below an attic, is used to gain occasional access to the space to expand storage options or for maintenance of equipment that might be residing there. The opening for the stair is fairly standard at about 2 feet by 5 and is covered when closed by a sheet of thin plywood attached to the ladder and its spring-loaded closing/opening mechanism.

From China with Hybrids
January 21, 2008 10:40 AM - , Private Landowner Network

According to a new study by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography - Climate Change in the Spanish Mediterranean - the Mediterranean Sea could be on course to rise half a meter (20 inches) in the next 50 years. Sea levels have been rising since the 1970s with the rate of increase growing in recent years - between 2.5mm and 10mm (0.1 and 0.4in) per year since the 1990s. Global warming is to blame, with water expanding as it warms and melting ice adding to the pot.

Focus the Nation, Focus on Coal
January 17, 2008 09:30 AM - , Private Landowner Network

It’s safe to say that most Americans aren’t up to speed on global warming. They may be aware of the problem and some - a relative few - may even be taking steps to help out, to cut their carbon footprint. But most are doing nothing, nada, zip. Some politicians, state and federal, are speaking out of course and making some headway legislatively. Many companies, too, are doing at least something such as cutting their own emissions, investing in green technologies and offering products that promise lower emissions. Overall, the green energy industry is growing.

Proven Passive Solar, Low Cost, Low Energy Homes
January 7, 2008 09:49 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Passive solar energy for homes is so passive it goes almost unnoticed on the menu of opportunities to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Quiet, mild mannered and laid back, it’s one of the easiest and lowest cost ways to build a low energy home. Just ask Bruce Brownell, the founder of Adirondack Alternate Energy. He’s built more than 350 of them. His simple, well thought-out passive solar home design has been proven for 30 years. All of them are successful at dramatically cutting heating energy costs while providing a healthy environment to live in.

December Wind Blows in the Right Direction for Vestas.
December 31, 2007 11:17 AM - , Private Landowner Network

If one company’s sales are a bellwether for the industry then the wind energy industry is set for years of solid growth. Vestas Wind Systems, of Randers, Denmark, with a 28 percent market share and more than 33,500 wind turbines in service worldwide, is the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer.

Edison's Lamp Shines On
December 24, 2007 07:52 PM - Bruce Mulliken, Private Landowner Network

Pity poor Tom Edison. He couldn’t have predicted. His best known invention - the first practical incandescent light bulb - is blamed as one of the causes of global warming, pollution and energy insecurity. He wanted to bring life to the world after the sun went down, not contribute to the end of the world as we know it.

$1 Dollar a Watt Solar.
December 23, 2007 07:24 PM - , Private Landowner Network

For Nanosolar of San Jose, California - and perhaps the rest of us - December 18, 2007 was an historic day. It was the day the company shipped the world’s lowest-cost solar panel. The company believes it can be the first solar manufacturer capable of profitably selling solar panels at 99 cents per watt.

Adsorbed Natural Gas: fuel storage solution?
December 19, 2007 08:38 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Here’s a quiz to test your green car knowledge. Which is considered the greenest, most environmentally friendly, highway capable car sold by a major manufacturer in the US? If you thought Toyota Prius you’d be wrong. According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), as well as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it’s actually Honda’s Civic GX NGV, or Natural Gas Vehicle. The EPA has given the car that distinction since 1998 when it was first introduced, at that time to fleets only. (The ACEEE has done the same but only since 2000 when it was first offered to consumers.)

Solar water for Iraq
December 12, 2007 08:42 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Knowing the infrastructure would be broken - either through neglect or damage done in the invasion - the plan was to repair existing water, sewer and power systems, not to bring in expensive new equipment. The few days, weeks, months after initial hostilities ended the people of Iraq were expecting more than a patch job from the world’s richest country. Planeload after planeload of spanking new electric generators, truck after truck of bottled water might have won the hearts and minds early on. Our troops might be home by now.

What's next for Australia as it joins Kyoto?
December 6, 2007 09:54 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Within seconds of being sworn in, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed documents to bring Australia into the Kyoto Protocol.

"This is the first official act of the new Australian government," he said.

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