blog harvest

13 years ago | Jan 08, 2008
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Just checking out a few climate, energy, ag, and military blogs... over at Agricultural Observatory, they posted an article about how the pending farm bill has big energy implications for farmers. Mostly in terms of biomass. Along those lines, anyone interested in biofuels and policy issues should be reading Nathaniel Green's Switchboard blog over at NRDC. Climate Progress has a thought-provoking entry on a recent Univ of Maryland study, which looks at the high economic costs of doing nothing about climate change. If you are interested in climate change adaptation at all (and folks involved in emergency response, etc., this probably means you) follow the link the to study, read the executive summary, and also download the regional summary for the Great Plains (or the Midwest. Like so many maps of these regions, KS flip-flops between the two. For heaven's sake. I don't think that particular category is an either/or choice, myself. But bless their hearts the study was done in Maryland.) And if any of those researchers should happen to find this link :) no, I am actually not a geographical bigot. I just think few people really get Kansas. At times that even includes Kansans, though, so no hard feelings. Onward with the blog harvest. Sustainablog covers what seems to be a super-cool article about solar in this January's Scientific American. Quotable: "The magazine proposes a massive, far-reaching plan to get solar power generating 69 percent of America's electricity 35 percent of our total energy by 2050, thus replacing all of our foreign oil needs and slashing global warming emissions." If you want to know more about the PV and CSP solar technologies mentioned, see CEP's solar page. For folks interested in the nuts and bolts of how to use renewable energies in their homes and daily lives, Mother Earth News covers the best renewable energy books. And this time none of my milblogs yielded anything about renewables. But sometimes they do.

--- Maril Hazlett

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