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All right, no -- but no to what?

Okay, this is pure bloggery: that is, more question than answer, more perplexity than clarity.My city of Raleigh is running a little poll on its home page: "Capital Boulevard should have a greenway linking downtown with Crabtree Creek." Yes or no...

July 10, 2012 — Scott Huler

Who Are You? Plugged In Turns 1

One year ago today, the four of us began writing here at Plugged In as a part of Scientific American’s new blogging network. One year – and 162 posts later – we wanted to take a moment to share our thoughts on the last year and to learn more about you...

July 5, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

Get Used to It

Today’s suggestion? Get used to it.Days of unspeakable heat? The heat taking the usual storm systems and turning them excessively violent? Lack of investment in infrastructure making recovery from those storms lengthy and piecemeal?...

July 2, 2012 — Scott Huler

Heat Waves and Water Use Go Hand-in-Hand

With excessive heat spreading across the country, people are seeking relief by retreating indoors, turning up the AC, and staying well hydrated. In many parts of the country, particularly the Southeast and Southwest, the heat is exacerbated by ongoing drought, which means water is on everyone's mind and is being used at increased rates.It's common during extended periods of hot and dry weather, like we're experiencing now, for water use to increase, emailed Nancy Barber, Hydrologist with USGS Georgia Water Science Center.Most noticeable, explained Barber, is the increased demand for electricity for air conditioning, which means more water use at thermoelectric power plants – an amount that's already high...

June 30, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

What's in a name? "UN Sustainable Development Conference"

After 10 years of zooming around the world to cover the ozone, climate, and biodiversity negotiations, I realize the outcome of Rio+20 (and meetings of the like) has been staring me in my face.It became clear when Rio+20 concluded with much applause, but little else in terms of solid outcomes...

June 25, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

10 tips that can help you save energy this summer (videos!)

Ugh. We hit our first triple digits in Austin this week. I love summer as much as the next person, but the heat becomes a little ridiculous here. Summer here means finding relief in swimming pools and the air conditioned indoors, which also means squeezing every last electron out of the electric grid while our air conditioners hum...

June 15, 2012 — David Wogan

Et Tu, Virginia? Again with the Sea Level Rise

At the risk of becoming Plugged-In’s “Those crazies are at it again” correspondent, I would like to bring your attention to two noteworthy developments regarding sea level and politics, and then I hope to wash my hands of the topic -- with higher sea levels making hand-washing especially convenient, of course.The first concerns the Commonwealth of Virginia, which – thanks, neighbors!...

June 12, 2012 — Scott Huler

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