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Sun Pillar in Minnesota

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Sun pillar at sunset in Long Prairie, Minn., by "jeromemck" on March 18, 2013. Upload to http://photo.accuweather.com to qualify!
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Oil Fields in Our Attics: Weatherization Ain

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Oil Fields in Our Attics: Weatherization Ain't Sexy, But It's Immediate and DIY

 

Forget nuclear and natural gas. Put aside plug-in hybrids and photovoltaics. Skip the smart grid and better battery storage. For all the exciting talk of breakthrough technologies and advanced energy R&D, the best hope we have for satisfying our ever-increasing appetite for energy is decidedly low-tech, and not particularly sexy. 

 

So put down the keys to your Tesla Model S, and pick up the caulk gun. Because we’re going to talk about weatherization. (I warned you...this energy solution ain’t sexy.) 

 

Why weatherization?

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But weatherization—boring, low-tech, 20th Century weatherization—is something we can all do right now, and given our insatiable national appetite for fossil fuels, it’s something that we can’t really afford to overlook any longer.

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Climate Change | LearnStuff

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Climate Change is Real

 

Thanks to extensive research and noticeable changes in weather and storm prevalence, it’s getting harder to turn a blind eye to the reality of climate change. Since the Industrial Age spurred the increasing usage of fossil fuels for energy production, the weather has been warming slowly. In fact, since 1880, the temperature of the earth has increased by 1 degree Celsius.

 

Although 72% of media outlets report on global warming with a skeptical air, the overwhelming majority of scientists believe that the extreme weather of the last decade is at least partially caused by global warming.

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Check out the infographic to see what else the changing climate is affecting. You might find yourself quite surprised.

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