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A new report from leading Canadian academics finds plenty of renewable energy potential if the government gets serious about climate change. It found that the country could get 100 percent of its electricity from low-carbon sources like wind, solar, and hydropower by 2035 and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. To achieve these goals, the report recommended that the federal government implement a nationwide price on carbon and eliminate subsidies to Canada’s fossil fuel industry — particularly, its tar sands industry.
Catherine Potvin, lead author of the report and biology professor at McGill University in Montreal, told ThinkProgress that if Canada’s federal government has the will, the country could shift to being powered renewable energy as early as 2025. Already, according to the report, 62 percent of Canada’s electricity is produced from renewable energy — mostly in the form of hydropower. Just 23 percent is produced from fossil fuels.
The world can only consume a fraction of the known deposits of fossil fuels if it’s to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change, according to the biggest assessment of the issue.
Burning reserves of oil, natural gas and coal already identified by national governments and commodity companies would cause widespread droughts, more-violent storms and melting of polar ice caps, a long-awaited report by a panel of climate scientists gathered by the United Nations said.
It is good to see the momentum in my local market moving so quickly towards solar. I myself contracted to get the max solar system on my roof here in Chicago. Weather permitting we get it in this year. Small steps on a large scale will make the difference.
AsbestosMineral fiber once commonly used in many building materials, including insulation, fireproof siding, and resilient flooring. Inhalation of invisible asbestos fibers can lead to chest and abdominal cancers as well as scarring of the lungs. The use of asbestos in some products has been banned by the EPA and the U.S.
Jim Gramata's insight:
I get this question all the time. Should I be concerned about asbestos in my home? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is explained in this article.
The Guardian Bijoy Jain: building architecture that 'contains the life' of its environs The Guardian Jain opened Studio Mumbai in 1995 and quickly gained attention, receiving the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from L'Institut Francais...
Australian leaders in sustainability join global green schools network Architecture and Design “Too many students in Australia learn in school buildings that are too cold in winter, too hot in summer, badly lit and poorly ventilated.
While the place is important, the “making” builds connections, creates civic engagement, and empowers citizens—in short, it builds social capital. As architect Mark Lakeman of Portland’s City Repair organization puts it, “the physical projects are just an excuse for people to meet their neighbors.” … The relationships that grow out of the “making” are equal to, if not more important than, the places that result.
The Libeskind Villa is a 2 floor (with full basement), 4 bedroom, 5,000-square-foot signature series home that can be constructed anywhere in the world. The Villa creates a new dialogue between contemporary living and a completely new experience of space.
Built from premium wood and zinc, this German-made, sculptural living space meets the highest standards of design, craftsmanship and sustainability. In addition to the design standards, it meets compliance with some of the toughest energy-saving standards worldwide.
A trio of interlocking architectural bands envelops the Villa in striking angles, creating a dramatic, asymmetrical interior of spiraling, two-story peaks and smooth transitions to secluded terraces. Design details reveal style and functionality: A balcony adjacent to the master bedroom is adorned with elaborate metalwork; light wells direct daylight into a sauna; and recessed wardrobes streamline dressing spaces.
In addition to large floor-to-ceiling windows, the aluminum façade, adorned with mullions and concealed fittings, offers maximum thermal insulation, noise reduction and weather resistance...
A bill intended to bring in minimum standards for rental housing has not passed its first reading.
Jim Gramata's insight:
The idea of improving standards for all housing types should be applauded. The idea of applying the healthy homes principles to the rental market is one I've had for a long time. Kudos for the efforts.
Passive housing is catching on across Europe, but Växjö boasts innovative highrise project to help country realise goal of eliminating CO2 emissions by 2050 (#Sweden plans to completely eliminate CO2 emissions by 2050 & building 'passive houses'...
What does a LEED certified home look like architecturally? And how does it compare with what a sustainable house should look like?
A LEED certified home, as you’re about to see from the photos in this article, can pretty much look like anything you want. The strength (and weakness) of the LEED for Homes rating system is that it attempts to reconcile sustainable building objectives with the current reality of the green building market and the range of options that are realistically available to the majority of people...
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