Archive for the ‘Economy and Policy’ Category

Aug27

Tesla-powered buildings

Tesla

 

The symbiosis between solar energy and energy storage technology is driving an emerging market.  Analysts predict a multi-billion dollar market will evolve in the US over the next several years, dominated by residential solar systems that use storage to provide power when the sun isn’t shining or during blackouts. (more…)

Aug25

A solar landfill

Example of Solar Array

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When landfills have reached their capacity, their contents are capped in order to isolate the wastes and contaminants within.  Hazardous waste landfills utilize specialized liners in order to prevent leakage and once they are capped off, they are monitored for decades for any gas or leached materials.  Sometimes the sites can be reused for such things as parks or parking lots, but all too often they become no-mans-lands that serve no purpose. (more…)

Aug22

The price of ivory

ivory

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The demand for ivory in Asia is reaching epic proportions, fueling organized crime and threatening the future of the African elephant. (more…)

Aug21

Tides in the Bay of Fundy

Bay of Fundy

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The Bay of Fundy is on the Atlantic coast on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada.  It is the site of several national and provincial parks as well as the location of major ports for the pulp and paper industry.  But the Bay of Fundy’s greatest claim to fame is that it may have the largest tidal range in the world. (more…)

Aug20

Waiting to feel climate change

weather above oklahoma

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Even though the scientific evidence for the dangers of human-made climate change is overwhelming at this point, there is still plenty of skepticism about it among ordinary people and, unfortunately, among policy makers.  An important factor in this situation is that we don’t experience climate; we experience weather and weather is highly variable. (more…)

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