While good old particle board contains formaldehyde that can make you sick, safer alternatives use polyurethane as filler instead. Sealing particle board is another way to minimize exposure to toxic formaldehyde.
Walter McCleod of VSF Solar discusses the challenges of ramping up solar power to utility-scale across the mid-Atlantic region and beyond…
There’s never been a better time to go solar, given how much prices have come down while efficiency in converting sunlight to electricity has risen…
If you want to convince your community leaders to adopt eco-friendly practices, you’ve got to do your research & look for in-person opportunities…
For the second year in a row, wind and solar accounted for roughly two-thirds of new U.S. generating capacity, while natural gas and nuclear made up most of the rest.
Arlington County and Alexandria, Virginia recently joined 16 other U.S. cities in the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100 Campaign” whereby cities commit to 100% clean, renewable energy within the next two decades.
Wave power could account for a quarter or more of U.S. electricity needs if we work to develop its potential around our coastlines, and could also provide other countries with a readily available renewable and free energy source.
We’ve got solar, wind and now even wave power dialed in, but what other new techniques and technologies are engineers working on to bring us even greener power in the future?
Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells? Are we really moving beyond huge photovoltaic panels anytime soon? —Michael Williams, Hartford, CT Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of renewable energy. However, the burgeoning solar industry has […]
Dear EarthTalk: I thought that putting ethanol in our gas tanks was going help fight climate change, but lately I’ve heard reports to the contrary. Can you enlighten? — Bill B., Hershey, PA Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs […]