Why Custom Home Builders Favour Rammed Earth Construction

If there is one method of building a green home that has gained popularity among custom homebuilders, it is rammed earth construction. This construction method is not necessarily new, having been used by various civilisations in the past. Today, many designers and builders favour its use because of its natural beauty, versatility and numerous other benefits. If you are still mulling over using rammed earth for the construction of your new home, consider these other benefits.

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Opinion: How is Free Energy Premature Technology?

hether you believe in manmade global warming or not is irrelevant. There is a viable option to install technology on your home that will allow you to run your technological gizmos. With financing options available, you can be done paying off this technology in just over eight years. If you live in your home for 30, you are living there without paying another electric bill for 22 years. For some of us, that’s a savings of $66,000 and up.

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US Forest Management Policy Must Evolve to Meet Bioenergy Targets

“In a lot of environmental and natural resources law in the U.S., the primary role lies with the states to manage private land. But we also have national-level problems, like climate change, biodiversity and water-quality issues, which span jurisdictions. In other words, ecosystem services are not confined to a single state’s jurisdiction. So we have this crazy-quilt system in the U.S. that needs to be untangled.”

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GLOBAL GREEN USA ANNOUNCES COMMITMENT AT CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO BRING SOLAR POWER TO COMMUNITIES DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Speaking to a global audience at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, Global Green USA today announced its Commitment to Action to implement its catalytic ‘Solar For Sandy’ program, which will equip five or more community facilities serving low income residents in New York and New Jersey neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy with grid-tied, back-up solar energy systems. Global Green’s first, full-scale ‘Solar for Sandy’ project installation will take place this Fall in Red Hook, NY, in collaboration with IKEA, the world’s largest home furnishings retailer.

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EBI Study Says Biofuels Will Play Integral Role in California’s Energy Future

The biofuels paper, according to lead author Youngs, a Senior Fellow at the EBI, addressed six scenarios of varied supply and demand options. They illustrate that the degree to which biofuels may help California meet its emissions goals depends upon how future demand for fuels rises or falls and what technologies are developed. Other factors include energy crop availability, investment decisions, public acceptance, and competing demands for renewable energy resources.

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How Do You Feed 9 Billion People?

In a paper appearing in Nature Climate Change, members of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project unveiled an all-encompassing modeling system that integrates multiple crop simulations with improved climate change models. AgMIP’s effort has produced new knowledge that better predicts global wheat yields while reducing political and socio-economic influences that can skew data and planning efforts, said Bruno Basso, Michigan State University ecosystem scientist and AgMIP member.

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Wind Energy Evolution

Schmitz, an Iowa State graduate student of civil, construction and environmental engineering, and Sri Sritharan, Iowa State’s Wilson Engineering Professor and leader of the ‘s College of Engineering’s Wind Energy Initiative, were trying to answer some basic questions about using concrete panels and columns to build wind turbine towers using prefabricated, easily transportable components.

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Elevated Carbon Dioxide Making Arid Regions Greener

Focusing on the southwestern corner of North America, Australia’s outback, the Middle East, and some parts of Africa, Randall Donohue of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia and his colleagues developed and applied a mathematical model to predict the extent of the carbon-dioxide (CO2) fertilization effect. They then tested this prediction by studying satellite imagery and teasing out the influence of carbon dioxide on greening from other factors such as precipitation, air temperature, the amount of light, and land-use changes.

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Microplastic Pollution Now Prevalent in Lakes

EPFL researchers have detected microplastic pollution in one of Western Europe’s largest lakes, Lake Geneva, in large enough quantities to raise concern. While studies in the ocean have shown that these small bits of plastic can be harmful to fish and birds that feed on plankton or other small waterborne organisms, the full extent of their consequences in lakes and rivers is only now being investigated. The study, which is being extending under a mandate by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, was published in the latest issue of the journal Archives des Sciences.

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New Study Released for Newly Constructed Hospitals to Reduce Energy Consumption 62 Percent

A groundbreaking new study provides an innovative and cost-effective way for newly constructed hospitals nationwide to offset continuing economic challenges by reducing energy consumption by an average of 62 percent. The study, titled Targeting 100!, identifies a process that integrates architectural, mechanical and central plant systems to deliver significant efficiencies.

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Thinking Green Beyond the Inside of Your House

Although all of this may seem obvious, it ought to be noted that the insulation capacity of trees is everything but trivial. Some studies demonstrate that having trees around the home in urban settings can reduce energy consumption significantly. In the winter, heating needs can be decreased by 15% while in the summer the cost of air conditioning can be reduced by as much as 50%! Not only do these savings potentially represent an inviting amount of money at the end of the year, they also indicate that the overall carbon footprint of any house with trees around it can be significantly smaller than its treeless and plantless equivalent.

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Current Reports on Climate Change Issues

Research published today in the journal Nature Climate Change looked at 50,000 globally widespread and common species and found that more than one half of the plants and one third of the animals will lose more than half of their climatic range by 2080 if nothing is done to reduce the amount of global warming and slow it down.

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