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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It’s that time of the year again. That one Saturday when we take an hour to give our planet a rest.
It’s Earth Hour!
Tonight for one hour as part of a global effort to raise awareness about global climate change, the movement asks that every one turn off all non-essential lights for 60 minutes.
This epic hour of darkness begins at 8…30?
Wait… wait…wait… we couldn’t arrange for Earth Hour to be on the hour? Was there a conflict?
Is someone hosting a “Blow Your Fuse Box Half Hour” at 8?
I don’t understand what could possibly require this rolling global event (it’s 8:30 local time… whatever your locale may be) to occur at such a not on the hour time. If 8:30 why not 8:15 or 8:42?
Can someone please explain this to me?
If I’m going to give up my non-essential power sources for 60 minutes to raise awareness about global climate change then why can’t it be at 8?
It must be a candle company conspiracy. Typical.
…click through to the YouTube page for some Earth Hour fun…
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Yesterday, January 1, 2012; marked the beginning of the end for one of the greatest scientific inventions of the 19th century.
With the ringing in of 2012, came the end of the road for the 100-watt incandescent light bulb. Starting yesterday, these out-dated illuminators will no longer be manufactured or imported by the United States.
For those of you thinking this change is drastic and too sudden, let’s do some quick math.
The incandescent bulb we all know and love was introduced in 1879. The law mandating their phase out was signed in 2007, and begins in 2012. That means it has taken, roughly, 132 years to just begin their phasing out process (75-watt goes in 2013; and the 40 and 60-watt follow in 2014).
Considering we live in a world where the latest iProduct is phased out every few weeks (it seems); it’s about time we update our main artificial light source.
So, for the new year, why not embrace the change and also expand your energy-efficiency vocabulary (LED- light-emitting diodes, and CFL-compact fluorescent lamps).
Or I suppose you could start hourding incandescent light bulbs. It’s up to you.
More on the Story: Edison Would’ve Loved New Light Bulb Law
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Happy Earth Hour (day)!
This year, Earth Hour shares its energy-saving day with another special event—The Crusaders’ Birthday.
Earth Hour is celebrating its 4th year, and we are celebrating our more than 4th year.
If you’re wondering what you can do to celebrate this conglomerate-celebration spectacular, then you obviously don’t know what Earth Hour is.
Earth Hour occurs tonight from 8:30 to 9:30, and good news, it’s really easy to celebrate. You just have to power down all those fancy electronic devices and lights you can do without.
And if you’re looking for a way to celebrate The Crusader’s Birthday, then participating in Earth Hour is a good choice (we’re big fans of Earth).
More on the Story: Earth Hour 2011
More on Earth Hour: EarthHour.org
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There’s some breaking news from the science labs of common sense this week.
It turns out that the popular breakfast combo of coffee and donuts gives the brain an extra memory and attention boost.
That’s right, you heard it here. Coffee and donuts are officially brain food.
Even crazier, it’s not the robust, coffee flavor or magic sprinkles that give this duo its power.
A group of Spanish scientists discovered, after testing 72 test subjects, that caffeine and glucose make a pretty effective team when it comes to faking consciousness.
The next step in this Captain Obvious sponsored study, find out the effects of repeat doses.
Come to think of it that could actually be helpful.
Yes, this study hopes to find that fine line that so many of us carefully tread each day, the line between comfortably caffeinated, and borderline homicidal maniac.
Anyone who’s ever had just one cup too many can tell you that too many “repeat doses” results in irritability followed by a loss of basic motor skills.
Of course, you know what helps fight off that temporary loss of sanity—donuts (it’s all about balance).
More on the Story: Sugar + Caffeine = Good
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