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Plugged In

More than wires - exploring the connections between energy, environment, and our lives

Energy Efficiency for Economic Strength

In the face of this summer’s debates on how to manage the nation’s current debt load – which came to a temporary cease fire on Tuesday with the passage of a bill that will raise the government’s debt ceiling – I found myself looking back at speeches made by President Obama where he emphasized how we might be able to not only stabilize, but also strengthen, the United States economy.

August 4, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott

More on food sourcing and food sustainability

I heard this story on NPR/PRI's The World while driving home from yoga last night. Here's the tl;dr of it: a Dutch company is perfecting ways to grow food indoors using LED lights and elaborate climate controls.

August 3, 2011 — David Wogan

Food waste in the land of `Man vs Food'

Here is some more food for thought about the modern global food economy. A study recently published by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization found that about one-third of all food produced on the planet is wasted, to the tune of 1.3 billion tons per year.

August 2, 2011 — David Wogan

Food: Knowing Where it's Growing

Just 30-miles Southwest of Atlanta's bustling gray-toned streets sits a verdant plot of land known as Serenbe. The farm is the source of my family's vegetables we pickup every Tuesday at a drop-off spot in the city.

July 29, 2011 — Robynne Boyd

Molecular-Level Energy Storage

When the sun dips below the horizon for the night, most solar panels become interesting roofing tiles, instead of valuable generation resources. During the day, a single cloud can quickly send residential solar power generators back to a fossil fuel-based grid for their electricity.

July 25, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott

Buildings are sexy, too

In terms of basic human needs, shelter comes in right after food, air, and sleep. Over years of human development, buildings have become some of mankind’s greatest achievements.

July 23, 2011 — David Wogan

The Penalty for Early Withdrawals

This summer, U.S. gas prices have settled into the $3.50 to $4.00 range and we are feeling the pinch. The average American now spends 9% of their income on gas – with Mississippians topping the scale at over 14%.

July 18, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott

One Footprint at a Time

An average American's ecological footprint of 5.3 planet Earths by category, in an image by Greg Searle/BioRegional North America Changing light bulbs won't save the world.

July 14, 2011 — Robynne Boyd

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