Thursday, May 30, 2013

Green Cities



Today BBC.COM posted a wonderful article on the benefits of bringing nature back into our cities.  Check it out at http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130530-bringing-nature-back-into-cities

Well worth the read

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Winter Chill

Century Heating Wood Stove, 40,000 BTU, EPA-Certified, Model# CB00007 Recently my brother has started looking for a home.  One factor that always comes in to play is utilities such as electric, cable, water, and heat.  Heating home can be a scary thing especially for those who live in the north, and watch their windows freeze or temp drop into the teens.  
      This year my dad decided to turn the oil heater down to 58 degrees and try to heat up the house with the fireplace once and a while, but that didn't really do much for the home.  However wood burning does seem to becoming more and more popular now.  My brother is convince that he needs to find a wooded lot, so he can use a wood stove in the basement and heat up his home.  From what I have heard, they actually work quite well.  Though they have their downfalls.  If you don't do the labor yourself then your stuck paying for the cords of wood, which can be pricey 200$ or more.  However if you have some nice burning trees in your back yard and a little time on your hands, you can be paying no money for heating your home all winter long.   
      Other options may be turning to wind mills, and solar panels to supply electric to the home and using a electric furnace.  Some people use gas, which is a costly way as well.  Though another way could be using a fireplace insert which you burn would in, but the system includes fans as well to blow the heat out into the room.  This could be a better alternative to adding the extra heat to your home without using oil.  when you leave for vacation you still have your oil heater to keep the home above freezing.  There are ideas out there but they all have their ups and downs...
     Leave a comment below if you have any opinions on heating homes..



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Update, Hope You Follow


A change of blog.  I’m still writing about the same ideas, but I feel I need to expand this blog to include stories of how people are shaping and changing the environments around them for the better.

A lot of what I write on this blog will be biased in some way shape or form, but I hope it spurs discussion and gets people think and acting.  Today’s world where were so influenced by media and others, it seems we’ve almost lost the ability to argue or critically think about what others say.  This may be partly because were all so damn busy.  But it’s important to think about the thing that happen around you and how they should be shaped better.  If you don’t, you’ll see a place change negatively in the wrong way rather than the right.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Charging the Future

                                 Tesla Supercharger

This is neat article.  Tesla has begun building super charging stations for their model s electric car.  They are certainty bringing the future to us now, if electric cars become the way to go.  It will be interesting to see how successful this program becomes and whether or not electric care are really a reality.
Check it out,,, http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-57520172-54/tesla-announces-supercharger-network/

I Phone 5 Question





With record sales of i phone 5's happening not long ago, I must ask what happens with all the wasted i phone 4's that people seem to think are of no use to them anymore.  My guess is that the phone is either recycled for parts and plastic, which is great and all, but its still waste in a sense.  Did we really need the new i phone when the one we had still worked fine.  Some people probably would say i'm crazy, but just imagine how much plastic and metal, have gone to the trash or recycled because a new shiner fancy object came out.    Just a thought

Solar Pop

Recent graduate student design this new solar charger.  This great product recharges a battery you can take anywhere and charge your iphone, ipad and so on.  Solar energy is starting to become cost effective lets hope it keeps moving that way.  You can find it here, https://www.facebook.com/lexus/app_335311073229344

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thawing tundra

Researcher Shannan Sweet working in the Alaskan tundra in summer. Natalie Boelman says thawing of the tundra could release vast amounts of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.

Interesting article today on CNN.  In it they talk about the rising threat of thawing tundra.  As this tundra defrosts it releases massive amounts of carbon that had once been frozen.  As we all know this causes damage to our air quality as well as ozone layer.  Seems like real issues seem to get heightened and then swept under the rug.  But there are still so many environmental issues we need to talk.  We can talk about job creation and so on but once we destroy our planet won’t really matter if we have jobs or not.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/25/opinion/boelman-arctic-tundra/index.html?iref=allsearch