Tagged: energy efficiency

Straight Up - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 27, 2010

“I joined the new media because the old media have failed us. They have utterly failed to face unpleasant facts.” So writes Joseph Romm of blogging, in his new book Straight Up, a themed selection from the thousands of posts on his widely respected blog ClimateProgress.org. It’s as direct, lively and unequivocal as its title [...] … Read More

Energy creep…more energy efficient homes don’t necessarily mean people use less energy - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Apr 23, 2010

New Scientist magazine ran a brief report on research into energy use in houses after they were made more energy efficient. Conducted in the UK, it highlights that after insulation, double glazing and energy efficient heating is installed the amount of energy used is still close to the old levels, prior to the improvements. The … Read More

Should we be reducing building insulation to improve energy efficiency? - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Apr 22, 2010

I recently read an article on the cost of reducing our carbon footprint to pre-1990 levels. It suggested that the actual cost to consumers would be minimal, adding only a few percent to daily consumables. That is except for air travel, which would jump 150%. In effect they tried to debunk the myth that taxing the use … Read More

Plan B (not from outer space) - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Oct 12, 2009

I hadn’t expected to be doing a Hot Topic review of Lester Brown’s book Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, since he writes about a variety of sustainability issues. However the 90 pages or so he devotes to climate change were irresistible for their sensible optimism and I report them here. The Plan B books have [...] … Read More

Fab four: ways to meet the climate challenge - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Oct 08, 2009

Yet another pre-Copenhagen report has been released, this time  jointly from the influential Center for American Progress, the progressive think tank headed by John Podesta, President Clinton’s former chief of staff,  and the United Nations Foundation, the body founded with Ted Turner’s $1 billion gift in 1998 to support UN causes and activities. Meeting the [...] … Read More

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