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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Buildings as Carbon Sinks

Happiness Hill is a straw-bale addition to an existing cabin which New Frameworks built in 2014. The house is built with natural clay plaster finish on the interior, local wood siding exterior, and an interior local wood timber frame. The square footage of the home was doubled while keeping the energy usage the same. […]

Let’s Look at Solutions

Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations Are at an All-time High.

N.R.Mallery, publisher of Green Energy Times

Despite COVID19, atmospheric CO2 concentrations still reached a record peak in May (https://www.co2.earth), perhaps rising higher than scientists expected, it is clear that we still have a huge problem on our hands. As of the time […]

2020 Record Warm Year? Don’t Bet on It.

James Hansen

April, 2020. This year, 2020, should have record global warmth according to widespread media reports in April. The reports were based largely on a NOAA conclusion that such a record was likely with 75% confidence. April has since come in with record warmth for the month, although practically the same as April 2016. […]

Needless Death in the Service of Selfishness

“Not Another Black Life” rally in Toronto. Taken May 30, 2020. Image: Flickr/Jason Hargrove.

John Bos

Many Americans have been under strict stay-at-home orders, or at least advisories, going on three months. People are, unsurprisingly, frustrated and depressed but have complied with what they’ve been asked to endure, because they trust the state and […]

Book Review – Touching The Jaguar

By John Perkins, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 240 pages

Book Review by Roger Lohr

The word “inspire” comes from being “in spirit” and the book Touching the Jaguar: Transforming Fear Into Action to Change Your Life and the World by John Perkins on Berrett-Koelher Publishers encourages that we rise to a better understanding of what it […]

The Great Indoors: Creating a More Healthful and Safer Built Environment

Multiple Contributors from Steven Winter Associates

With the spread of COVID-19 has come widespread quarantine, work-from-home policies and increased time indoors, making it all the more important that we think about the air we’re breathing and the surfaces we’re touching. With certain building and design considerations, we can make these impacts beneficial.

Here’s some timely […]

Phase-out Fossil-Fuel Financing

Protest at the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington. Ted Nation, an activist for several decades, sits beside the protest sign. Image: Wikipedia Commons.

Alan Betts

This year I am searching for solutions to the climate and extinction crises, because time has run out. As society is focused on the COVID-19 crisis, the federal […]

Coronavirus Bails Out the Oil Patch

The fix is in for politically favored oil, gas and coal companies.

California oil pumps. Does the oil industry need a bailout? Photo: CGP Grey, Wikimedia Commons, https://bit.ly/3fwCQwu

Carl Pope

The huge financial aid package enacted by Congress this spring entailed a sprawling array of programs to direct funding, guarantee loans, […]

Blockchain Systems and the Distributed Sourcing of Power

Image: geobrava.wordpress.com

J.D. Kaplan

With so many things strained in supply, it might feel like a luxury to have anything abundant at all. Information pumps, however, still seem to be working at full capacity. Drowning in spreadsheets and news bites, some way to find certainty in the data one depends upon would naturally float […]

Greening Up Regional Golf Courses with Solar and More

Laurel Lanes Country Club takes pride in their 100% solar-powered status along with many other environmental practices. Photo: Joseph Videtta.

Roger Lohr

Golfing is among the favorite warm-weather recreational options with more than 24 million golfers in the U.S. and another 9.9 million who use driving ranges or indoor golf simulators. The […]