Category Archives: climate change

The World is Fast

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/05/opinion/the-world-is-fast.html

“In sum, we’re in the middle of three “climate changes” at once: one digital, one ecological, one geo-economical.” Thomas Friedman

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overhangs and screens on inside

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.

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Climate scientists calling for revolution

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

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“Even the hard core in the green movement use washing machine”

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?

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