Archive | September 2006

Another reason to eat only Organic Food…

Endocrine Disruptors.

Read this article about those nasty toxins that cause hormone imbalances, and reproductive deformations and cancers.

My friend from Korea told me that it is all over their media now. Sounds like the Koreans get real news that matters to people.

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Hybrid Vehicle, to buy or not to buy, that is the …

I asked a friend of mine if he was going to get a hybrid vehicle when he mentioned he was going to look for a new car. He immediatly told me that he doesn’t believe in global warming. I was surprised that he would respond to my suggestion that way. Let me just premise that my friend is not a dumb guy, he is actually very smart and works as an application developer for large organizations.
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BMW and Total Partner to Support Rollout of Hydrogen ICE Cars

This article on the Green Car Congress site provides info about the new hydrogen powered BMW. Maybe by the time it comes out I’ll be able to afford it.Technorati technorati tags: , , , , ,

The Greenest House on the Planet

This article in September 11th, 2006 edition of Business Week describes the greenest house on the planet as judged by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system. The owner of the house is Steve Glenn of PeopleLink. His design includes many aspects of PositivEnergyOutput. He uses multiple ways to reduce consumption and increase production.

Here is a list of technolgies included in his home design:

Some technologies he could have included are:

  • Wind Turbines
  • Geothermal heating and cooling
  • Human Power

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Geothermal heating and cooling, best for moderate climate zones

geothermal heating and cooling

This article from “Ask the Builder” about geothermal heating and cooling tell us that the technology is best used in moderate climates. Tim Carter also points out that:

the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are currently promoting this technology through their Earth Comfort Program

So I searched the Earth Comfort Program on Google and found this quote at the top of THIS page:

Lew Pratsch of the U.S. Department of Energy sums up his department’s position on Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs). He says, “Geothermal heat pumps are for real. The product is efficient in rain, shine, sleet or snow; the product is endorsed by the EPA… and most importantly, GSHPs have one of the best life-cycle costs of HVAC systems sold today. “