Miscellaneous Green Archives

By David Roberts

James Madison guard Alioune Diouf (5) battles for a rebound with two Drexel players during the NCAA basketball game between Drexel and JMU February 22, 2012 in Philadelphia

Several people have now sent me this Nature commentary on the “rebound effect,” saying something to the effect of, “See? The rebound effect isn’t a problem!”

That’s a peculiar thing to say. Indeed, the commentary itself is quite peculiar.

For those who have missed my previous posts on this, the “rebound effect” refers to the fact that a) energy efficiency makes things cheaper, and b) when things are cheaper, we consume more, which c) erodes some of the energy-saving benefits of efficiency.

If you want to dig in on this — it’s a fascinating subject — I wrote a three-part series
Source: Grist

Consumer Reports Secretly Buys Model S for Testing

By Michael Graham Richard

One of the most trusted and objective reviewers out there is working on a review of what is probably the best electric car out there at the moment. Can’t wait for the full review!
Source: Tree Hugger

By Michael Graham Richard

They are leasing the jelly-bean shaped Mitsubishi EVs either for $69/month or $169/month, a record low price as far as we know.
Source: Tree Hugger

By David Roberts

captain-planet

I’ve done some writing about uncertainty and the role it plays in climate change analysis. (See: here, here.) I continue to think that it’s one of the most widely misunderstood aspects of the mess we’re in. Insofar as uncertainty enters climate discussions, it’s usually in dopey arguments over whether “the science is settled.” In fact, it’s true both that the basic science is settled and that we face enormous uncertainties about climate impacts and their cost. We need to start dealing with those uncertainties in a more sophisticated way.

One place uncertainty is not well-represented is in
Source: Grist

Andean Glaciers Have Shrunk 30-50%…

By Michael Graham Richard

A study of glaciers in the Andes shows that they have been losing a lot of ice, especially since the 1970s. A change in precipitation cannot be blamed, so global warming in the main culprit.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Megan Treacy

The UAE’s clean tech giant plans to have a commerical-scale plant by 2020.
Source: Tree Hugger

Whales Welcome a Deformed Dolphin into Their Pod

By Stephen Messenger

Instead of merely learning about an aspect or two of sperm whale behavior in the wild, researchers got an unprecedented peek into one pod’s gracious spirit.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Jaymi Heimbuch

Why is it so important for everyone to take part in ocean conservation? This short documentary video explains.
Source: Tree Hugger

Vancouver Crowned Most Walkable City in Canada

By Michael Graham Richard

Walk Score has published its first top 10 ranking of Canadian cities for walkability. They also have information about specific neighborhood. This is very useful to anyone who’s thinking about buying or renting in these areas.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Lloyd Alter

It’s not a dollhouse, it’s not a joke. It is a way to make better housing for single people.
Source: Tree Hugger

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