Archive for December, 2010

When Low Tech Beats Fancy Innovation – Ensuring Resilience
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A Russian masonry stove. Image credit: Jennifer Boyer, used under Creative Commons license.

Some time ago I posted about the apparent dichotomy between eco-modernity and green traditionalism—suggesting that there is a very real danger of letting our critique of the status quo become a fetish for the past. I’ve also written about the benefits of the techn…
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700 NATO soldiers killed in 2010; new firefights
This year is by far the deadliest for the coalition in the nearly decade-long war, as tens of thousands of additional international troops have poured into the country in an effort to suppress a virulent Taliban insurgency. But while NATO and the United States note progress has been made in the militants’ traditional strongholds in the south, they acknowledge gains made remain precarious.
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Auto parts plant explosion injures 4 in Virginia
Jim Burke, spokesman for Federal-Mogul Corp. in Southfield, Mich., said the injured were employees of a local contractor that was conducting routine duct work cleaning.
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West Africa delegation confronts Gbagbo
The delegation was led by presidents from Sierra Leone, Cape Verde and Benin, who refused to comment to reporters after a three-hour meeting with Gbagbo. The incumbent leader who has been in power for a decade in Ivory Coast has so far shown no interest in stepping aside despite international calls for him to go.
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Karzai keeps minister considered corrupt by US
Karzai rebuffed the request, according to secret diplomatic records, and the minister – privately termed “the worst” by U.S. officials – kept his perch at an agency that controls $2 billion in U.S. and allied projects.
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US Army Adopts Green Building Standard

US Army Adopts Green Building Standard
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The various branches of the US military are adopting green practices and are helping advance sustainable technologies. The latest development comes with the announcement that the United States Army has incorporated green building standards into its day-to-day practices.

The ASHRAE 189.1 standard is a green building standard written in the form and manner of current building codes, rather than as a separate rating system, such as LEED. Standard 189.1 was developed with the cooperation of ASHRAE, the professional organization of mechanical engineers, US Green Building Council, and IESNA, the professional organization of lighting engineers, as well as the International Code Council.

Buildings built to meet Standard 189.1 have a weighted average site energy savings of 27 percent as compared to the standards of the current (2007) building energy code. Standard 189.1 also “requires that each building project be designed to be ready for renewable energy in the future.” While it doesn’t make buildings carbon neutral, it does set the stage for them to be converted and to become net-zero energy in the future.

link: ASHRAE Standard 189.1

via: Buildings Magazine


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Scotland on Track to Meet 80% by 2020 Renewable Energy Goal

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A new study by Energy Trends reports that Scotland is right on track to meet the world’s most ambitious renewable energy goal of generating 80 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020 and all of its energy from renewables by 2025.

As of 2009, Scotland was getting 27 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and the country expects that number to increase to 31 percent by 2011.  It has also set the goal of decreasing emissions by 42 percent by 2020.

Scotland has been on the forefront of renewable energy for years, with large-scale wind projects (both offshore and on), cutting edge solar projects, and tidal-powered data centers.  A lot of credit is due to the country’s natural resources (about 25 GW worth of wind energy resources), but also to the government for creating subsidies and incentives for renewable energy generation at the commercial and residential scale.

via CleanTechnica

 

 


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Experiments test if implant can block sleep apnea
Now scientists are beginning to test if an implanted pacemaker-like device might help certain sufferers, keeping their airways open by zapping the tongue during sleep.
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AT&T expands Wi-Fi zones in public spaces
The phone company is to announce Tuesday that it will expand Wi-Fi hot spots in New York’s Times Square just ahead of New Year’s revelers cramming there for the annual countdown to midnight. It is also deploying its first hot spots in a public, outdoor area of San Francisco, the Embarcadero waterfront district.
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GOP hopefuls find some issues a hazard early on
Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and other possible GOP candidates stumbled over health care, taxes and other issues in December, even as Obama coped with the harsh political reality stemming from his party’s “shellacking” in last month’s elections.
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Beef possibly contaminated by E .coli recalled
First Class Foods Inc. of Hawthorne reports that each package label bears the establishment number “EST. 18895.” The ground beef products were produced on Dec. 7 and Dec. 16 and were shipped to retail establishments in California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Washington state.
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Beef possibly contaminated by E .coli recalled
First Class Foods Inc. of Hawthorne reports that each package label bears the establishment number “EST. 18895.” The ground beef products were produced on Dec. 7 and Dec. 16 and were shipped to retail establishments in California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Washington state.
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Thousands stranded by 2-foot blizzard in Northeast
“People are exhausted. They want to get home,” sighed Eric Schorr, marooned at New York’s Kennedy Airport since Sunday afternoon by the storm, which worked its way up the coast from the Carolinas to Maine with winds up to 80 mph that whirled the snow into deep drifts across streets, railroad tracks and runways.
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Gibbs’ 21 lead Pitt past Walker, UConn 78-63
Walker scored 31 points, but missed 17 of 27 shots as Pittsburgh repeatedly limited the Huskies to a single shot in a possession – often a bad one. The Huskies shot 31.7 percent, 19 of 60, and had only two scorers with more than 5 points until the closing minutes in the conference opener.
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