It Might Be Closer than You ThinkIf every American family improved their household energy performance and installed solar panels, we’d go a long way toward zero carbon emissions. Solar panels on a majority of houses at one time seemed unattainable—it was simply too great an investment, with too long a payback time. But with new […]
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More Work and More Production Is Being Demanded of Fewer Workers, Taking a Toll on the Environment and Our Collective HappinessMuch of the history of civilization is the story of efficiency, of squeezing more out of an hour of work, largely through the application of technology. Barry Schwartz, in a recent op-ed in The New […]
What My Cats Taught Me About Eating MeatOver the course of the past three years, my wife and I acquired two cats, which may have led to my shrinking consumption of meat. A cat, after all, is a big fluffy animal capable of an athletic bolt of speed and amazing leaps, delightful for petting and […]
Biofuels—made from crops and used to replace conventional fuel—are not necessarily more environmentally friendly than oil…
The incurable Panama Disease has wilted & wiped out banana crops in Australia & New Zealand, & there are growing concerns over whether it will spread…
Why Geothermal Deserves More Support Among alternative energy, wind and solar get all the media attention, all the glamour. Yet both suffer from intermittency, from the problem that their power sources wax and wane. Solar disappears at night and weakens when clouds interrupt, while wind has its own unpredictable schedule. By contrast, geothermal draws on […]
Geothermal power, which draws heat from deep beneath the earth’s surface and converts it into electricity, is an underutilized resource with huge potential.
Planners of a new offshore wind power transmission platform in the Atlantic say they have overcome previous hurdles to such a project….
Energy for Electricity Is Not the Same as for TransportationAt a recent party, a young man claimed that we needed wind power to avoid fighting a war in the Middle East. This is mistaken. Wind power generates electricity, while the Mideast is a source of oil used to drive cars. They’re not the same thing. […]