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Conservatives Are More Likely to be Energy Efficient at Home

Conservatives Are More Likely to be Energy Efficient at Home

Over at Mother Jones, Chris has a piece about the moral motivations of liberals and conservatives. He points to a new political psychology study led by Linda Skitka of the University of Illinois-Chicago considering the differing moral investments of individuals at both ends of the political spectrum...

February 21, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
Photo Friday: Great dams trap and tame the water (1927)

Photo Friday: Great dams trap and tame the water (1927)

“Great dams trap and tame the water, hoarding its energy until needed. Grandes diques atrapan y amansan el agua, acaparando su energa hasta que el hombre la necesite.“ This photograph is a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,” a collaborative project from William Deverell and Gren Hise...

February 21, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Appliances responsible for 13% of home energy bill in U.S.

Appliances responsible for 13% of home energy bill in U.S.

Energy use for appliances is responsible for about 13% of the monthly energy bills for the average American home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, at the top of the appliance-energy-use list are water heaters, refrigerators, and clothes dryers (and pool pumps for those homes with swimming facilities)...

February 19, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Ivanpah – solar thermal sets record in the desert

Ivanpah – solar thermal sets record in the desert

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), America has doubled the amount of energy produced using solar technologies over thelast five years.Last week, a massive new solar resource was dedicated in southern California...

February 18, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Understanding Eagle Ford shale’s impact on air quality

Understanding Eagle Ford shale’s impact on air quality

This morning,the Weather Channel, InsideClimate News, and the Center for Public Integrityreleased a documentary on the air quality impacts oil and gas development in Texas’s Eagle Ford shale...

February 18, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Photo Friday: All lights are not created equal

Photo Friday: All lights are not created equal

At the California Lighting Teaching Center (CLTC) in Davis, California, researchers explore light from many angles. This rack of light emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs on display at the CLTC shows how different designs and bulbs can create wide varieties of light...

February 14, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott

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