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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Are Wood-burning Stoves Good or Bad?

One of a number of topics being discussed in terms of technology that pollutes our atmosphere and affects our health is the question of whether wood-burning stoves are harmful or safe as a way in which to create heating. Much debate has been made, on both sides, suggesting that it is either harmful to our health or not. A Norwegian researcher has some of the answers, thanks to her research into a variety of different types of wood-burning stoves and…

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The Nest Learning Thermostat

Introduced in October the tech community all but fell over themselves in appreciation of the new Nest Learning Thermostat which was designed in part by several former Apple employees and claims to be able to save you energy by learning your habits and routines. The Palo Alto company has been provided funding from Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, and Al Gore’s investment fund, and with a hundred employees, created what they say is the first “learning thermostat” in the world. Which…

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Green Federal Buildings are a Financial Saving As Well

Construct a green building that emits less carbon dioxide and uses less water and energy, but if it doesn’t operate as needed then your money is just going to go down the drain.

That’s why a new report that shows sustainably designed federal buildings cost 19% less to maintain is such good news.

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New McLaren Production Centre Takes Cue From Hobbits

The Hobbits of The Shire knew what they were doing when they started to build their houses into the sides of hills: not only is it a beautiful sight, but it keeps heating and cooling to a minimum. Seems like the Foster + Partners have taken a leaf out of the Shire building codes for the new McLaren Production Centre. The massive sprawling building is dug partially into a hill, giving it a discreet presence in the landscape, to the…

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New Blind Mimics Tree Leaves and Stores Energy

Imagine coming home from a long day at work on a summers’ day. You left that morning and ensured the blinds were down so you didn’t come home to a roasting-oven. You walk in the door and the sun is down outside, but inside, there’s a warm gentle light. Welcome to a house with the Liteon Eco Leaf blind installed. Replacing traditional blinds the Eco Leaf includes solar cells made into the fabric that recharge during the day while doing…

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Electronic Recycling Program to Start in Schools

Sustainability and environmental stewardship often has to start at the grass roots, and more often than not those grass roots are easily accessible through schools and the children within. Company youchange has today announced what they are calling “the successful completion of its beta testing” of a program to collect used electronic equipment in schools throughout Arizona. “With 100’s of millions of electronic items being discarded each year youchange is committed to recovering those resources and hopes to engage thousands…

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Have an Eco Friendly Christmas in San Diego This Year

There are many communities and councils around the world which provide light exchange programs, allowing residents to swap out their older more energy inefficient bulbs for compact fluorescent ones. But San Diego Gas & Electric have taken it just one step further.

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GE Achieve Platinum LEED Certified Data Centre

Of all LEED-certified buildings globally, only 6 percent have ever achieved Platinum certification. Considering that GE’s new LEED-Platinum building is a data centre in Kentucky only exemplifies how impressive this latest award is.

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