Another obvious preference in this age of increasingly common violent rain storms in New England are 2 preferences when building:
1. largish overhangs (ideally applied after doing air-sealing on exterior sheathing)
2. windows with screens on the inside (casement vs double hung)
The issue being that it’s a little annoying not being able to look out one’s windows for hours after a 20 minute 2″ rain storm because one’s window screens are soaked. Granted, it doesn’t happen that often, so not sure it’s worth worrying about too much, but if one is on the fence, it’s something to consider.
Is avoiding a 2 degrees C rise “impossible” or is it “difficult but doable” — “…scientists have been dramatically soft-peddling the implications of their research”
Naomi Klein in Russell Brand’s New Statemen issue: http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/science-says-revolt
Hans Rosling: The magic washing machine — one of the best TED talks I’ve seen (or via youtube) He divides the world into 4 groups. Below the poverty line. (fire people) Below wash line (bulb people). Below air line (wash people). And the rest (the air people) And it’s a zero-sum sustainability game so the dots need to be distributed somehow. Are you going to deny a washing machine to the rest of the world?