Monthly Archives: August 2012

Three Great Environmental Message Films

The 21st century has seen an unprecedented level of environmental awareness. Scientists, entertainers, pundits and authors have made it their mission to educate the public on the devastating effects of human pollution; they use books, lectures, and films to reach their audience. But it can be tough to spread this message effectively; there’s a fine [...]

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What’s New with Solar Energy?

For years it has been said that solar energy is too expensive to be viable. This was once true, but with the ever rising cost of oil, solar is now more attractive than ever. Even without the increased oil costs, the technology to make solar panels, and other solar collection devices, has come down in [...]

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The 4 Worst Environmental Message Movies

If you want to get an environmentalist message out to the people, there’s nothing better than a Hollywood film. An Inconvenient Truth won Al Gore an Academy Award and a Nobel Peace Prize, and the pro-forest film Avatar is one of the highest-earning movies of all time. However, it takes skill to incorporate a “message” [...]

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Is Bio-Fuel the Answer?

An unavoidable fact is that we live on a finite space with finite resources. Oil, our primary fuel source for the past century, is running out, fast. The rate of new oil wells being discovered cannot keep up with current demand, therefore a solution to this dilemma is needed. The greatest downside to oil is [...]

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Cradle to Cradle Makes it Right

Brad Pitt is one of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood. A fact that should not come as a surprise to anyone. What is surprising is that Brad Pitt has taken his celebrity status and used it to give back to people who have given so much to him. In 2006 Brad Pitt created the Make [...]

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The Wooden Skyscraper

For most of North America’s modern history, the dominant building material for houses was wood. It was abundant, hardy, and readily usable by professional builders and craftspeople alike. But approximately one hundred years ago, architects discovered new ways to use metal and concrete, and changed the face of American cities forever. The new materials allowed [...]

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Conducting a Home Energy Audit – Insulation

Completing a home energy audit on your house involves making a checklist of potential problem areas and concerns and conducting a thorough inspection (both inside and outside) of any possible areas where air may be leaking from the home. Letting warm air escape in the winter months and cool air escape in the summer months [...]

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