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Storm-proof Affordable Housing for Florida Keys Workers

Posted: 09.11.2018 no comments

 

After the destruction of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Keys Community Land Trust started building affordable cottages that can withstand the next storm. Like other tourist destinations, the Keys — a string of islands off the southern tip of Florida — require workers to staff their restaurants, hotels, and glass-bottom boats.   Read the entire article at CityLab. […]

 

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Copying Nature: Green Chemistry and Material Science

Posted: 09.03.2018 no comments

 

The chemists Paul Anastas and John Warner are the initiators of a global movement called ‘green chemistry’ aimed at designing chemical products and processes to eliminate, or drastically reduce, the generation of hazardous substances by the chemical industry.    Read the entire article at Hacker Noon.   The list of groundbreaking innovations based on green chemistry […]

 

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The World is Dangerously Lowballing the Economic Cost of Climate Change

Posted: 08.26.2018 no comments

 

Leading global forecasts widely underestimate the future costs of climate change, a new paper warns. Current estimates for how much climate change will cost take different forms. One recent study looked at projected damage by U.S. county, finding that some counties in low-lying Florida, for example, would see costs of up to 30 percent of their […]

 

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Global Electrical System Will Soon Be Wind, Solar and Batteries

Posted: 08.12.2018 no comments

 

Every year, Bloomberg NEF runs its New Energy Outlook (NEO) for the future of the world electricity system, taking into account projections for country-by-country demand, technology costs, the transition in transport and many other variables – without assuming any new policy measures. Every year, this modeling exercise seems to produce a big surprise.   Read […]

 

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Naomi Klein Rebuttal of the NYT Magazine Climate Change Article

Posted: 08.05.2018 no comments

 

THIS SUNDAY, THE entire New York Times Magazine will be composed of just one article on a single subject: the failure to confront the global climate crisis in the 1980s, a time when the science was settled and the politics seemed to align. Written by Nathaniel Rich, this work of history is filled with insider […]

 

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Internal Combustion Engine Mechanic Ready for EV Revolution

Posted: 08.01.2018 no comments

 

He’s teaching others how to fix hybrid and electric cars. He bought his first hybrid car in 1999 – and never looked back – as a consumer or as a mechanic.    Read the entire article at Yale Climate Connections.   For 40 years, Craig Van Batenburg has owned an auto repair shop in Worcester, Massachusetts. Van […]

 

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How Did the End of the World Become Old News?

Posted: 07.30.2018 no comments

 

Editorial Note: Internally, at This Spaceship Earth, we had a discussion regarding whether or not to post this curated article by David Wallace-Wells in New York Magazine. It describes climate change as the end of the world. We would refine that to mean the end of humanity… the extinction of the human species (along with many other species). […]

 

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Typhoons, Floods, Heat Waves Batter Asia

Posted: 07.27.2018 no comments

 

From flash floods in Vietnam to a blistering heat wave in Japan, countries across Asia are suffering from extreme weather. The events come nearly two months into the continent’s annual rainy season that extends from June to November.   Read the entire article at EcoWatch.   A 2016 study showed that typhoons in Asia had gotten 50 […]

 

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What if Economic Growth is No Longer a Positive?

Posted: 07.24.2018 no comments

 

No economic growth is a bad thing. When economies and companies don’t grow, they stagnate and falter. Which means fewer jobs, lower wages, less money to invest, more business shut downs, and bankruptcies. In short, more misery for all. It’s all so obvious, right? It’s one of the precious few things we can all agree on […]

 

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Designers vs. Climate Change

Posted: 07.23.2018 no comments

 

Like a growing number of her peers, architect Stephanie Horowitz believes in the design community’s inherent responsibility to address climate issues. So much so that her firm works only with clients who want to build or retrofit buildings that aim for net-zero energy use.   Read the entire article at Architectural Digest.   “When we meet […]

 

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