LEED changed our awareness of the unwanted side-effects of building design, construction and operations. Reduction of harm was the standard. That approach has, in many ways, transformed the marketplace, but is it still enough? What is an appropriate goal for the future?
Under the guidance of regenerative design principles, it is possible to design projects in harmony with their ecosystem. Projects that improve their environment, are impact-free, and anticipate future needs. ... Read more about Regenerative Design Trajectory
This map is a work in progress. The uses of water, air and land are diverse in New Mexico and will change dramatically with climate change. For caretakers of this sacred trust, the map offers a bird’s eye view of the health of our environment. It documents primarily the energy-related sources of pollution, though in New Mexico other polluting factors are also at work. ... Read more about New Mexico Maps
Climatewire: This time, the heat is really on. From Boston to Washington, D.C., temperatures have soared to 100 degrees or more in recent days, stressing electrical grids, scrambling rail transportation and prompting the swift creation of cooling centers for those who lack air conditioning. Central Canada, portions of the Middle East and China are also coping with searing heat. ... Read more about Multiple Heat Waves Cap Planet’s Warming Trend
Renewable energies must generate almost half of the world’s power by 2050, up from the current level of 18%, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).Global investment in green power was led by wind and solar in 2008, and reached a record level of US$112 billion and remained broadly stable in 2009 despite the economic downturn, explains IEA’s ‘Energy Technology Perspectives 2010.’ Many car companies are adding hybrid and all-electric vehicles to their fleets, and 5 million such vehicles could be on
The ‘Statistical Review of World Energy’ does not include wind, solar or geothermal in its primary energy forecast, but these sources will be added next year because they are reaching “sufficient weight in a number of countries.”