THE GREEN GRID

We’re living in a time of great change. And when change occurs, the products and services that will be fading out don’t give up the ship.  When photovoltaic power became cheaper than coal a couple of years ago, it was a clear sign that coal, like buggy whips, would be fading from use.  Despite Trump’s efforts to bolster the coal industry, utilities are continuing to shut down coal-fired power plants.  Last year, Scotland closed its last one.

One of the arguments the fading energy source industries has been posing is that renewables fluctuate too much, thus inhibiting having a steady and stable power grid.… Keep reading

Solar for Home & Car

The trend towards all-electric cars has been growing steadily – even to a smaller degree in the U.S.  Northern European countries now report that 50% of all new car sales are electric.  However, fossil fuel emissions from transportation and from electricity each contribute nearly 30% of the carbon dioxide emissions.  So … why not create a solar installation on a home that will take care of the power needs of both home and car?

That’s the vision Elon Mask shared a few years ago.… Keep reading

LONELINESS!

Here’s a unique look at a major “quality-of-life” factor … certainly one key aspect of “sustainable living” that separates “survival” from “sustainability.” I’ll add comments afterwards.

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Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden

Rhitu Chatterjee
NPR
May 1, 2018

Loneliness is on the rise in the U.S., particularly among younger people, such as members of Generation Z, born between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s, and millennials, just a little bit older.… Keep reading

Running dry!

 

When we read about “global warming” or “water shortages” or “air quality” or GMO crops that are harmful to human consumption, we rarely feel panic.

 

“How real is all that?

I’m feeling fine.”

 

And even if a town runs out of water – as happened a few years ago in Colorado and more recently in southern California – we’ll tend to see those events as anomalies, and not necessarily as a permanent impending crisis.

 

We’ve got time to adjust …

if the problem happens at all.”

 

I recall reading how Tuscan, Arizona’s aquifer would run dry in five years.… Keep reading

Silence !

Whenever I’ve evolved some truly insightful thoughts to share with my wife, and begin to (eloquently) share them, her first response is often: “Silence!”  Now, I know she really values my brilliance, so I thought I’d explore to see what else she might be implying.  And I found a rich and insightful book by that name.  So … here are some of the excerpts that jumped out to me.  I discovered that silence may be a valuable aspect for enhancing our quality of life experience, a key to sustainable living. … Keep reading