After a lovely holiday weekend, following an unusually balmy winter and early spring, it may be hard to think of who is paying the price for our beautiful weather.
This past winter was the fourth warmest in the last 117 years (according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and with that kind of weather there’s always a victim.
This year, it’s the would be energy giant–natural gas.
With over-production and a lack of demand, the U.S. natural gas market is literally bursting at the seams.
After a typical winter, about about 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas is in storage. This year, there is 2.5 trillion cubic feet. That’s a mere 1.9 trillion cubic feet shy of full capacity.
Of course, at the end of the day it’s the utility companies that suffer. Forced to sell their product for well below the usual inflated price.
And with no reprieve from climate change or high energy demand in sight, this summer could be just as tough (temperatures are expected to be around “normal”). We can only hope that its energy rivals coal and gasoline are spared this consequence for its actions.
More on the Story: MSNBC.com
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Walking—we know it’s good for us.
Not only is it good exercise, but it can also help us reduce our carbon footprint by getting us from point A to point B.
Yet, so often many of us neglect this simple form of transportation.
Perhaps it’s a lack of motivation, drive or incentive.
Well, you can say goodbye to those excuses. Like every other aspect of our modern world, there will soon be an app for that.
In an attempt to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, Londoners who walk (or bike) around town with their smartphone will soon be reaping some extra rewards.
Using a new app that logs their distance traveled and rewards them accordingly; the technologically savvy and physically active citizens of London can earn points redeemable at shops and restaurants.
It’s the perfect exercise program, combining the human need for physical activity with the human desire to get free stuff.
If this trend catches on, there could be a future of trimmer waistlines and heavier wallets (depending on how often the restaurant rewards are cashed in).
Now if we can just figure out a way to reward people for proper smartphone etiquette, we’d have a nearly perfect society.
More on the Story: MSNBC
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