Friday, July 1st, 2011
Warming temperatures could significantly impact some of America’s premium wine growing regions within three decades, including counties in California that produce some of the nation’s most expensive wines, according to a new Stanford University study.
In Northern California, researchers predict, the (more…)
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
A recent study found that current solar technology is more efficient at transforming sunlight into energy than plants.
Biomimicry is basically the practice of observing processes in nature, and copying Mother Earth’s strategy for efficiency and waste reduction. In an interesting twist, however, an article published in the (more…)
Monday, June 27th, 2011
Today, with more and more discussions about global warming, the transportation industry has been under scrutiny, especially air transportation. The airlines industry has been majorly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The International Air Transportation Industry has been launching a (more…)
Sunday, June 26th, 2011
Luxury car technology is now being used to make wastewater treatment plants more efficient.
Although great advances have been made since the days when human waste was merely tossed into the street, about half the raw sewage generated in the U.S. never gets treated before it reaches open water. (more…)
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is recommending that 888,000 acres of public lands in Montana’s Crown of the Continent ecosystem receive federal wilderness protection to prevent habitat loss for species most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including wolverines, bighorn sheep, bull (more…)
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Water is one of the big environmental themes and it’s becoming increasingly important in discussions as the issue of scarcity poses a serious threat to sustainability in the 21st century.
With this issue in mind, an organization called travel2change has launched a worldwide innovation (more…)
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
The title piqued my curiosity: Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. Christian Parenti’s book is about what he calls “the catastrophic convergence”, when the dislocations of climate change collide with already-existing crises of poverty and violence. He points to evidence, often in (more…)
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities. The utilities — American Electric Power Co Inc, Southern Co, Xcel Energy Inc, and Duke Energy Corp, along with TVA — account for about 10 (more…)
Monday, June 20th, 2011
If natural gas is a “bridge fuel,” what’s on the other side?
This question kept popping up in recent weeks as a series of reports predicted gas would become a growing part of the global energy mix in the coming decades. Gas, while cleaner burning than coal, still falls short of the low-emissions scenarios envisioned by world leaders, (more…)
Friday, June 17th, 2011
Water is one of our planet’s most precious resources. It is ubiquitous: we drink it, wash with it, swim in it, and sail on it. We also use it to produce things like food, paper, and cotton clothing, among others.
But what is “virtual water?” Is it invisible? Sort of. But it is equally – if not more – omnipresent. (more…)