An expert from the Rocky Mountain Institute argues that solar energy may be more glamorous, but efficiency, the old workhorse of green buildings, remains a winner, just not in all cases.
“Efficiency first” is the mantra in green and net-zero buildings; you always do energy efficiency first and then cover the remaining balance of energy . . . → Read More: In an Age of Cheap Solar Does Efficiency Still Matter?
Save the Date: September 26th @ 3:00 pm
Please join York’s Energy Steering Committee, York Beach Fire Department, public officials and York residents for a reception and dedication to celebrate the new solar panels at the York Beach Fire Station.
At 18 Railroad Ave., York Beach, Maine.
. . . → Read More: Save the Date: September 26th Celebration
Just how dumb do they think we are?
Who would believe that destroying the ecosystems on which all life depends, while dis-employing more and more people, is somehow good for the economy? Whose economy?
But that’s exactly the fiction that has been successfully marketed to us: jobs versus the environment.
The next economy that’s now . . . → Read More: Addressing both environmental destruction and social inequality
We have tens of thousands of abandoned homes without people and tens of thousands of abandoned people without homes. We have failed bankers advising failed regulators on how to save failed assets. Think about this: we are the only species on this planet without full employment. Brilliant. We have an economy that tells us that . . . → Read More: Getting rich vs. being rich
Last year was the hottest in earth’s recorded history, scientists reported on Friday, underscoring scientific warnings about the risks of runaway emissions and undermining claims by climate-change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped.
And the trend continues:
In the annals of climatology, 2014 now surpasses 2010 as the warmest year in a . . . → Read More: 2014 Was Hottest Year on Record
The following article from the theforecaster.net recounts the latest work done by Eric Hopkins and others to develop an emergency solar power pilot project.
A group of people including teachers and engineers met at the school library recently to start discussing the possibility of making the school the island’s designated Red Cross emergency shelter, and . . . → Read More: Peaks Island school eyed for emergency solar power array
As a global and long-term problem, climate change presents a huge ethical challenge. Climate change is the consequence of a huge number of small acts, which individually are not intended to cause harm. Moreover, the main victims of climate change – future generations and people in vulnerable countries – are distant in time and space . . . → Read More: The ethics of climate change
Anybody interested in solving, rather than profiting from, the problems of food production and distribution will see that in the long run the safest food supply is a local food supply, not a supply that is dependent on a global economy. Nations and regions within nations must be left free — and should be encouraged . . . → Read More: Real food security
On November 4, York voters will have the opportunity to enact a new ordinance that will require homeowners or buyers to have a septic system inspection done at the time of property sale or transfer. Some real estate brokers have objected to the ordinance, claiming that most buyers already get the septic inspected prior to . . . → Read More: Article 3 to address potentially failing septic systems in York
There will be an important presentation on Oct. 5 on the subject of “Protecting Our Well Water.”
The date is Sunday, October 5, at 7 PM at the York Public Library.
Speakers will be Dr. Robert Marvinney, Director, Maine Geologic Survey and Gail Darrell, Director, New England Office of the Community Environmental Legal Defense. . . . → Read More: Protecting Our Well Water
Cars are different now. It may be time to re-think a common misconception.
Solar power is on the rise. From the Union of Concerned scientists:
From rooftops to landfills to large open spaces, harnessing the full power of solar energy will be a key part of our nation’s transition to clean, reliable and affordable electricity that can safeguard our environment, protect our health and power our economy.
The . . . → Read More: America’s solar revolution