That 60-inch plasma TV sure does look great on your wall, and tuning into your favorite series and events has never been quite like this. You may have been too busy keeping up with your Netflix queue or reaching the next level in your interstellar combat video game to feed your entertainment fix. But even after you clean up the popcorn, put away the gaming controls, and (more…)
The newfound abundance of natural gas carries with it a few main issues, some good, some bad, which I abbreviate as follows:
1) Good news: It holds the potential to lessen the cost and environmental impact of our energy consumption for at least the short term.
2) Bad news: That lowering of costs will make the R&D (more…)
According to the European statistical office Eurostat, the share of renewable energy sources in the gross final energy consumption in the 27 countries of the EuroPean Union has increased to 12.4 percent in 2010, compared to 11.7 percent in 2009.
Even if the European Union is due to have 20 percent (more…)
The University of Chicago, in Chicago, Illinois, has long been a leader of sustainable initiatives throughout the campus. For example, during winter break, the university powers down electronics to reduce unnecessary energy consumption, and the university has specific locations to recycle electronic waste, or e-waste. The University of Chicago greatly believes in (more…)
Hydropower or water power is power derived from the energy of falling water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes. Since ancient times, hydropower has been used for irrigation and the operation of various mechanical devices, such as watermills, sawmills, textile mills, dock cranes, and domestic lifts since ancient times. It is one of several renewable (more…)
As summer rolls around, it is time to take advantage of longer days and warmer weather. Yet, hot months often take a major toll on our budgets. What gives? As mercury rises, so do the costs of keeping our houses and buildings cool. Our thermal comfort at home, in office, in a supermarket, or in other public establishments, can present a major expense for (more…)
Going green has been a trend recently, partly due to its popularity as a concept and to a genuine concern for the way human behavior is affecting the planet. Many businesses and facilities are advertising greener products, services, and building codes, and the demand for the coveted LEED certification has gone through the roof as companies (more…)