Application Let’s You See Deforestation in Real Time

I came across a nifty app that allows you to do many things in regard to forest, land use, and biodiversity. Made by Global Forest Watch, this map can give a clearer perspective on where tree loss is occurring worldwide. In the picture below, the pink represents areas with tree loss greater than 30% canopy…

The Ocean as the World’s Sewer

Our oceans regulate the global temperature, provide marine life for food, transportation, and a beautiful view at the beach. It’s also the world’s landfill…or seafill! Many industries from oil, agriculture, and other industries dump into rivers and oceans. This impacts the health of our oceans. In fact, the National Resources Defense Council petitioned the EPA…

Should Society be Eliminated to Save Nature?

There are some who believe that the only way to be sustainable is to bring down society from its mining to manufacturing to electricity. Are they right? Do we need to start all over, let Earth regenerate, and live in local villages again? I took the time to consider many of these arguments. Many great…

Biophilia in the Big City

Many city dwellers deal with not only long lines and traffic, but even their environment is negative on their health. Studies show that being in nature can lower stress levels, lower inflammation, improve concentration, lead to less anxiety, and reduce inflammation which causes many autoimmune diseases. I’ve been on top of mountains at sunset, and…

Solar Cell Basics

This article marks the start of a series about renewable technology and their operation. The goal being a concise treatise of this information where anyone can easily pick up the basics. Today’s article will introduce solar cells. Solar cells by themselves are more in-depth than other technology like wind or geothermal, so as a result…

Down the Drain. How to be Water Wise in 30 Ways

Like in the previous post on air conditioning, water is another drain on your wallet. There are easy ways to reduce how much water you use, and I got the ambition to write another post for your viewing and informational pleasure. The breakdown of an average home’s water use is summarized as big drop of…

20 Ways for Air Conditioner Summer Savings

As a rite of passage of sorts into summer, we reach for the air conditioner to relive ourselves from the temperature and humidity of summer. Despite not having the glamour about it like electronic devices, no doubt air conditioning is one of the best aspects of modern living. However, like heating in the winter, our…

Crescent Dunes CSP in Nevada Provides Power 24/7

Finally energy storage is making a bigger appearance. At this Nevada concentrating solar power plant, molten salt consisting of sodium and potassium nitrates are used as thermal storage that allows the plant to run even when the sun is not shining. This differs from other CSP projects in that the molten salt is heated up…

Conserving and Saving at Home

Our modern way of life is often done unconsiously. We grow up doing certain actions and never question nor think of an alternate solution. What the GS Post will show in this and future articles is that green practices are also green for your bank account. Many of us face what seem to be constant…

The Lean Home: Energy Efficiency to Consider

Have you ever heard of the energy pyramid? ┬áThink of it as a mental approach to solving matters of energy use. Like the food pyramid, the bottom is the base and holds up the structure. While renewable energy may be the sexier technology, you can make as big if not a bigger impact on your…

Wall St. & Renewable’s Rocky Road

It all comes down to cash flow. While renewable prices continue to drop, there is still the need for subsidies to make these projects cost-effective. According to John Eber at J.P. Morgan, the renewable energy market will be similar to 2015 at $13 billion. An interesting 2015 footnote is that it is the first year…

Biggest Wind Turbine Ever to be Built

That giant wind turbine blade you see is an astounding 88.4m long, or you can say 97 yards if you are a football fan. This blade drives nearly the entire distance of the field in one span. Where will this giant turbine blade go? Certainly not on the land where it will most likely scare…