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Measuring energy efficiency in buildings: Turn that light off! | The Economist

Want to save some green?  Go green–as in make your home energy efficient.  But who is to say what really defines green and when you have reached it?

“FOR some people there are two important numbers when it comes to buying a car: the price and the miles it does per gallon (for others, looks, style, brand and the whole driving experience are what counts). Property is no different. A cheaper house price will save you money at the time of your purchase, and a high energy-efficiency rating (EER) will save you cash on each month’s energy bill. One problem with the latter is that there are far too many factors in each property to produce a single rating.”

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Spending a Week With an Electric Car: Is the 2013 Chevy Volt Worth It?

Is an electric car a vehicle that you could live with? We’ve seen the pictures and read the reviews of cars like the 2013 Chevy Volt, but how do we know what it’s really like to live with

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Nitrogen cycle: Difference Engine: End of the electric car? | The Economist

A COUPLE of dozen electric cars with fuel cells under the bonnet (in place of the more usual flat-pack of batteries beneath the floor) have been zipping around your correspondent’s neighbourhood for the past few years. Most are FCX Clarity models from Honda, all in the same rich …

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Nitrogen cycle: Difference Engine: End of the electric car? | The Economist

A COUPLE of dozen electric cars with fuel cells under the bonnet (in place of the more usual flat-pack of batteries beneath the floor) have been zipping around your correspondent’s neighbourhood for the past few years. Most are FCX Clarity models from Honda, all in the …

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In California, a Grand Experiment to Rein in Climate Change – NYTimes.com

Braced against a steep slope, Robert Hrubes cinched his measuring tape around the trunk of one tree after another, barking out diameters like an auctioneer announcing …

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California’s Central Valley, Land of a Billion Vegetables – NYTimes.com

I left Los Angeles at 4 in the morning, long before first light, and made it to Bakersfield — the land of oil derricks, lowriders and truck stops with Punjabi food — by 6. Ten minutes later, I was in the land of carrots.

You know that huge pile of cello-wrapped carrots in your …

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Arctic ice: Now you don’t | The Economist

In 2007 climate scientists were shocked when the regular summer retreat of the Arctic’s sea ice went far farther than they had ever seen before. In the spring of that year ice covered just under 15m km2 (5.8m square miles) of ocean—an area 90% as big as Russia. By mid-September, when it reached its minimum, there were just 4.17m km2 left. That is about the area of the European Union minus Greece. Since 1979, when satellites made such measurements possible, there had been …

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Climate finance: He who pays the paupers… | The Economist

AMID the wreckage of the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, an agreement that rich countries would, by 2020, furnish developing ones with $100 billion a year to help them mitigate and adapt to global warming looked like a rare achievement. This commitment will also be a big talking point at the next annual UN summit, due to start in Durban on November 28th. With almost no hope of a big new pact, many expect progress on the …

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Study Questions Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce – NYTimes.com

Does an organic strawberry contain more vitamin C than a conventional …

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