Joshua S Hill

I'm a Christian, a nerd, a geek, a liberal left-winger, and believe that we're pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! I work as Associate Editor for the Important Media Network and write for CleanTechnica and Planetsave. I also write for Fantasy Book Review (.co.uk), Amazing Stories, the Stabley Times and Medium.   I love words with a passion, both creating them and reading them.

Green Roof’s Serve as Vital Wildlife Habitat

Green roof’s provide the benefit of natural heating and insulation, a lovely space to escape to amidst the bustle of city-life, but new research shows that they are also providing a vital refuge for birds as they fly through on their way to somewhere else. Dustrin Patridge is a doctoral candidate at Fordham University, and he’s been tracking the insect life – as well as monitoring which birds are stopping over. Reporter Rachel Nuewer visited Partridge for Ecomagination to get…

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Designing Stormwater Systems for the Future

Researchers from Kansas State University are looking into how climate change is affecting rainfall and weather patterns throughout Kansas in an attempt to better understand how stormwater systems will cope in the coming decades.

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Massive Battery Could Provide Solar Energy After Dark

Implementing solar energy generation can be tricky, because peak usage is the same time a when the sun starts to disappear, thus, reducing electricity generation. Creating a way to store energy during the day and then deliver it when needed is one way to make solar energy a more practical solution, and Arizona Public Service Company have been testing a new 1.5 megawatt-hour energy storage system.

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Utility and Renewable Energy Leaders Plan Ahead

The California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) ran the first of a series of forums to outline a viable business model for U.S. renewable electricity in the 21st century Wednesday, bringing together leaders from utility, development, regulation, and financial institutions to define an actionable strategy for U.S. renewable electricity development by 2013.

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GE Launches Its Most Energy Efficient Water Heater

In an attempt to help American households save money and be more environmentally conscious, General Electric (GE) has launched GeoSpring, the first hybrid electric ENERGY STAR-qualified water heater manufactured in the U.S., a water heater that’s expected to save the average consumer $325 every year on their utility bills. “There are very few products for your home that will save homeowners as much money as the GeoSpring,” said Stephen Downer, GE product general manager for water products. “With the state…

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Ultra-High-Speed Elevators to Travel Faster Than 60kph

Ever wished that elevator would travel just that little bit faster so you wouldn’t be late for your meeting? Or maybe the sales in the store on the third level were running out and you needed the elevator to hurry up? Well Mitsubishi have just announced elevators that will be capable of traveling faster than 1,000 metres per minute, or 60 kilometres per hour. The new technology announced on Friday will also come with “enhanced efficiency, comfort and safety.” According…

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Built to Order Homes Now Come With Solar Systems

One of America’s leading homebuilding companies announced Monday that they will include solar power systems as a standard feature in select communities throughout Central Florida. The KB Home Built to Order homes allow home-buyers to pick and choose from seven house designs and modify multipurpose rooms to suit their needs. KB Home is now including solar power systems as standard, an initiative KB expect will save homeowners as much as 50% on their monthly energy bills when compared to a…

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Largest Manhattan Solar Array Completed

Deutsche Bank announced Monday the completion and operation of it new 122.4kW solar photovoltaic system installed atop its Americas headquarters at 60 Wall Street, New York. The array is expected to decrease carbon emissions by 100 metric tonnes per year.

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