Tag Archives: conservation

Bats and Wind Energy

Disturbing article today in our local rag out here in Pittsburgh. It’s about the toll the growing ranks of wind farms take on bats. On average, it’s estimated, each turbine kills 25 bats a year. The article also emphasizes what … Continue reading

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Energy Traps

The trouble with the way we talk about energy is that we talk only about energy. Energy sources – mostly fossil fuels, but also nuclear and hydroelectric – are not created or exploited in a void. Their production and use … Continue reading

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State of the Union

On the bright side, Obama didn’t talk about exploiting America’s reserves of oil and natural gas. And one of his examples of entrepreneurial role models was some guys building solar panels. But those were about the only bright spots environmentally … Continue reading

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Efficiency and Conservation

The two concepts are often spoken of as if they were a unit, or even nearly synonymous. But a decent working definition would identify “efficiency” as getting more out of the same resources, while conservation is simply using fewer resources, period. … Continue reading

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Unintended (But Predictable) Consequences

Here’s a recent BBC report on a disturbing and instructive phenomenon: Conservation measures in one country leading to environmental devastation in another: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11430622. Basically, it’s about black-market lumber from Nepal going to India. You have to read down a ways … Continue reading

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