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New Product to Heat or Cool Homes:

Dandelion Air

Most of us know a company called Google, which is a subsidiary of Alphabet. Another Alphabet subsidiary is Dandelion, which arose out of X, Alphabet’s research and development laboratory.

Dandelion launched a new product system, the Dandelion Air, on May 30. The Dandelion Air is a smart, all-in-one home heating and […]

VP NEGPA Wins NY-GEO Top Job Award

NEGPA’s Vice President and 2018 “GeoStar Top Job” award winner, Larry Lessard (center), with John Manning (left), NY-GEO Board Member and President of Phoenix Energy Supply, and Jens Ponikau of Buffalo Geothermal (right), 2017 award winner. Photo: NY-GEO.org.

By Larry Lessard and Michelle Harrison (G.E.T. staff)

The 2018 NY-GEO conference drew an international crowd […]

A Fertile Opportunity for Renewable Heating

Older Commercial Building Benefits from Biomass Heat

The original, blackened, American Standard oil boiler with its six-inch stalactite pipe leaks. Photos: Scott Nichols

By Scott Nichols

Sometimes nice old buildings present fertile opportunities for renewable heating makeovers with Froling wood pellet boilers. Here is a great example. The building that became Tarm’s […]

The Outside Story: Emerald Ash Borers

By Declan McCabe

Jim Fuller, a former park ranger at Vermont’s Grand Isle State Park, described this interaction with a tourist from New Jersey, when he confiscated their out-of-state firewood.

Ranger Jim: “We are trying to keep the forests clear of invasive insects.”

Tourist, as beetle fell from firewood: “you mean like that one there?”

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Sequestering Carbon in Our Forests

Carbon Sequestration: A Community-Based Project to Reduce Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming

View of forest in the Green Mountains. Photo: Lynn Peterson.

By Lynn Peterson

Vermont’s hillsides are bursting forth in brilliant green! And the green color comes from chlorophyll, an enormous tool for removing carbon dioxide from the air, combining it with water […]

Climate Truth: A Plan for Sustainability

Metric Ton Depiction: Flickr, animation by A-Productions.

By Roy Morrison

There is a practical path for tackling climate change, for organizing from your house to your neighborhood, city, state and beyond. It’s clear. It’s simple. It’s three tons of carbon dioxide emissions per person per year as a goal and a measure […]

Why Real Estate and Insurance Lobbies will Influence Climate Policy

Flooding during Hurricane Harvey. Image: nbcnews.com.

By Kenan Sahin

Climate change is often seen as synonymous with global warming, a misperception deriving from the historical mislabeling of the phenomenon.

Certainly, “warming” is part of it, but the real danger is the increasing variations or the greater-than-normal fluctuations in all aspects of climate: temperature; humidity; […]

The End of Fossil Fuels is In Sight

Fracking in Pennsylvania. Photo: Ruhrfisch, GFDL, CC-BY-CC.

By George Harvey

On May 23, the price of General Electric (GE) stock fell steeply. This happened because GE announced that its power division is not making money. The power division makes steam and gas turbines for fossil fuel and nuclear plants, but it does […]

Capturing Carbon and Dollars:

Mechanical and Biological Paths

Credit: 2013.igem.org

Roy Morrison

Our recent business-friendly Trump tax cut extravaganza now makes capturing carbon emissions from fossil fuels probably economical by paying $30 dollars a ton for carbon capture and storage. Compared to pollution and ecocide-as-usual this may be a good idea, as suggested by MIT Technology Review on […]

Cuttyhunk Island’s Microgrid

The Market at Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts. Photo: John Phelan, Wikimedia Commons

By George Harvey

The Elizabeth Islands form a small chain between mainland Massachusetts and the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The westernmost of these has the small community of Cuttyhunk. Because it has only fifty full-time residents, a submarine cable to supply power […]