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Dr. Helen Caldicott, Fukushima, Abolishing all Nuclear Threats, Global Warming 3/14/2013

Posted by admin on March 16, 2013 in Global Warming with 2 Comments


On March 14, 2013 Dr. Helen Caldicott spoke to over 150 people at an event Sponsored by the Princeton Coalition for Peace http://www.peacecoalition.org/ and several other organizations at the Princeton United Methodist Church.

In this her passionate 60 minutes discussion Dr. Caldicott touched on areas of abolishing all nuclear weapons and power plants, the dire impacts of Global Warming, new updates on the effects of radiation releases at Fukushima, Japan and the need for people to become more politically active.
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Dr. Helen Caldicott is the former President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, which is a Nobel Peace Laureate and she is a widely recognized anti-nuclear advocate who founded several associations dedicated to opposing nuclear weapons and power, and war and military action in general. Dr. Caldicott is an Australian physician who left her medical career in order to call attention to what she refers to as the “insanity” of the nuclear arms race and growing reliance on nuclear power.
Dr. Caldicott founded Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) which is dedicated redirecting government spending from nuclear energy use to unmet social needs. As President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, she helped recruit 23,000 doctors to educate the public and colleagues on dangers of nuclear weapons and power. She also worked abroad to establish similar national groups focused on education about medical dangers of nuclear weapons and power.
The umbrella organization, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. She was also the Founding President of the STAR (Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation and founded the Nuclear Policy Research Institute (renamed Beyond Nuclear). Dr. Caldicott also founded the Helen Caldicott Foundation for a Nuclear Free Future which hosts a weekly radio show called If You Love This Planet. Dr Caldicott host that radio show that airs on dozens of U.S., Australian and Canadian stations.
Dr. Caldicott has been awarded 21 honorary doctoral degrees and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. She has received numerous awards, including the Humanist of the Year award from the American Humanist Association in 1982 and Women’s History Month Honoree by the National Women’s History Project in 2009 . The Smithsonian Institution named Caldicott one of the most influential women of the 20th century

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Global Warming / Environmental Protection

Posted by admin on March 16, 2013 in Environment Protection with 1 Comment


Jeremy Glenn Lopezhttp://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/users/jaygeel93EducationGlobal Warming / Environmental Protection

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Energy All-Stars: Jennifer Granholm

Posted by admin on March 16, 2013 in Clean Energy with 2 Comments


Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, proposes a Race to the Top-style program for Clean Energy during Energy All-Stars in Washington, DC on January 19, 2013.

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Potential Jobs in Creating a New Energy Infrastructure

Posted by admin on March 15, 2013 in Renewable Energy with 18 Comments


According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a total of 751,051 “green jobs” were created or maintained in 2006. Of those jobs, almost 127,500 of them related to renewable power generation. The majority of the jobs in question, approximately 85% were located within metropolitan areas. However, with the increasing popularity of Renewable Energy in today’s market, the potential for employment in these areas can increase greatly. Santa Cruz Ca, real estate benefits when people improve their home with energy efficient products.

Projected Renewable Energy Jobs and Industries

The Energy Information Administration estimates that the electric power sector generated just over 4 trillion kilowatt hours. Of that, just about 8% was generated from renewable sources. Hydroelectric power is perhaps the largest contributor to the generation of electricity, and has been a significant creator of jobs in both manufacturing and operation of various hydroelectric jobs around the country. Since hydroelectricity has been a part of the infrastructure for a number of decades, the workforce is becoming older, and the need for an influx of skilled workers will undoubtedly increase in the coming years.

One of the most promising sources for alternative energy is wind. Geographically speaking, the areas with the highest potential for employment generation with a new energy infrastructure are in the northern and western parts of the country. In considering Santa Cruz real estate for wind potential, a survey of the area winds is helpful to determine the suitability of the site. If wind energy is pursued, the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Texas would be the most likely places for wind energy generation farms, and the associated employment opportunities. They are estimated to have a total potential power generation of approximately 4,500 billion kilowatt hours, which is more then enough to power the entire United States for at least 9 months. In addition, states such as Maine, New York, and Michigan also provide many opportunities for wind generation. If wind is actively pursued as a source of alternative energy, a substantial amount of jobs can be created and maintained. Potential jobs could include construction and maintenance of the wind generation farms, construction and maintenance of new transformers for electricity transportation, and jobs to regulate the flow and amount of electricity geographically. The American Wind Energy Association is a great place to find more information at awea.org.

Another potential powerhouse when it comes to alternative energy is solar power. Solar power has the potential to generate a significant amount of jobs, as well as decrease our national reliance on fossil fuels. The basic technology has been around for years, but the widespread adoption has not occurred basically due to the higher cost of power generation compared to fossil fuels. However, with the increasing cost of using fossil fuels, as well as advancements in solar panel technology, the cost difference is becoming smaller everyday.

Solar power generation supports many additional manufacturing jobs, as the final product producers make use of raw materials and intermediate goods from suppliers. There is not only potential job creation within the solar panel industry, but all the industries that supply materials needed for production.

A third source of alternative energy that could create new jobs is that of geothermal energy. The technology used in geothermal energy uses the heat and steam within the ground, and either uses them directly or indirectly to generate electricity. Unlike solar and wind generation, which so far has contributed little to the country’s energy infrastructure, geothermal energy has been a part of it since the early 1970’s. In fact, between the years of 1970 and 1980, the net generation of electricity by geothermal methods have increased by a factor of ten, and tripled by the early 1990s. However, a plateau was reached, and in 2007 geothermal energy produced approximately 14.9 billion kilowatt hours of power to 1.3 million homes. This equals approximately 4.7% of the all renewable power generation, leaving a significant room for expansion. In fact, the U.S. Geological survey has indicated that the geothermal potential might be as much as ten times higher than what is currently utilized.

Each of these renewable energy sources, if pursued has the potential to create a number of new jobs in the production of raw materials, construction of the equipment need for power generation, and the operation of the new infrastructure. In addition, since the technology is fairly new, how they impact the environment and the population is relatively undetermined at this time. This lack of information can also lead to jobs created in order to regulate and study the energy generated from these sources.

Creating a new energy infrastructure will be a daunting undertaking, and the need for skilled workers cannot be overly stressed. By understanding which industries affect and are affected by renewable resources, the areas of potential job growth can be easily seen.

Gregg- Camp
http://www.articlesbase.com/careers-articles/potential-jobs-in-creating-a-new-energy-infrastructure-1109522.html

Global Warming Could Cool Holiday Homes Market

Posted by admin on March 15, 2013 in Global Warming with No Comments


The call for new taxes on flights to reduce carbon emissions could impact the prices of properties, according to Tribune Properties, who specialise in the sale of overseas property to second home buyers.

‘There has been more discussion and calls for action recently over the impact that air travel is having on the environment,’ say Tribune, ‘And one of the most obvious ways to cut air travel is to raise the price of travelling through taxes. It’s a win-win situation for governments, more tax revenue and being seen combating Global Warming at the same time. It’s only a matter of time before cheap air fares on the scale we see it today comes to an end’.

Owning a second home and a property abroad has shown to be an aspiration for the majority of UK residents by recent surveys, and low cost carriers have opened up new overseas property markets by flying to destinations not covered by other airlines, or forcing flight prices down where they compete directly with more established carriers.

Property prices within a one hour drive of regional airports served by the low cost airlines have tended to escalate in recent years, and it is these areas that would be hardest hit by any increased taxes on flying.

The areas which would feel least impact according to Tribune Properties would be northern France, which many UK second home owners access via ferry and the Channel Tunnel, and areas where owning a property abroad was in vogue long before the new airlines started, and when air fares were proportionately higher than they are today. Access to France from the UK has improved recently with Eurotunnel cutting the journey time by twenty minutes.

‘The Costa del Sol for example we feel wouldn’t be impacted much by increased air taxes – although over development could bring prices down there anyway’.

But there is a warning that the lower priced end of the market could be hit more than the top end.

Bargain Properties

‘There has been a significant increase in second home ownership in the last decade’, say Tribune. ‘Gone are the days when it was just the wealthy who owned an overseas property. Developers in Spain, Greece and Cyprus have built apartment blocks with units of two and three bedrooms that are affordable for a lot of middle income families. Given that mortgages are readily available and it’s often just twenty per cent of the asking price that needs to be found an overseas home has become reality for millions of Europeans. But if air fares increase significantly and the holiday makers who rent the owners apartments and villas declines, quite a few will need to sell as the rental income pays the mortgage. There could be a glut of properties come to the market which will send prices downwards.’

Exceptions to the rule could be in the two European tax havens of Monaco and Andorra, where there is no income tax for residents.

‘Historically tax havens have been popular no matter how the economy is. When someone buys a property in Monaco it often doesn’t matter to them if it’s a few million Euros as they’re going to save more than that in tax during the time they stay there. Andorra is slightly different as it’s a tax haven but also people buy ski apartments there, adding to demand’.

Andorra property prices have risen an average of ten per cent a year in the last decade, and some predictions are for that figure to be closer to fifteen per cent for 2006.

If governments do start introducing new air fare taxes to slow and possibly reverse the rise in air travel there could be good news for some property buyers though.

‘In some areas the second home market has increased prices significantly, with many of the younger local population being forced to move away from their towns and villages’, say Tribune Properties.

‘The UK and US populations are quite mobile, but in some countries popular with holiday home buyers there are three or four generations of the same family in a village or town. But as overseas property buyers have moved in and pushed prices up, the younger generations ahave been forced to look away from these popular areas because they cannot afford a property in their home town anymore, and a lot of the local employment has become seasonal. If real estate prices come down they might be able to afford to live in the villages where they were brought up if they choose to do so. Some will still move away but at least they will have a choice.’

Conversely, far from changing traditional towns and villages into holiday resorts, overseas property buyers can sometimes have a positive affect on preserving traditional village life.

‘In France for example, many of the rural villages were dying a slow death as the younger generations moved away to the bigger towns and cities to find work. British second home buyers have revived the villages by buying run down properties and renovated them, breathing new life into the communities. The property market is nothing if it isn’t adaptable,’ conclude Tribune, ‘And while there will be regions that will suffer as a result of a declining market, there will be winners too.’

Roger Munns
http://www.articlesbase.com/real-estate-articles/global-warming-could-cool-holiday-homes-market-80774.html

Home Security System Monitored by Adt

Posted by admin on March 15, 2013 in Environment Protection with 3 Comments


Home security situations and needs differ with the physical size of the home, number of residents, ages and interests of those residents, and value of the contents of the house. Do you live alone? Are you or other members of your family completely healthy, or are you disabled in some way? All these factors may influence your decision regarding what is best for you and your personal security situation. Regardless of the size of your house in , the number and ages of family members and the quantity of individuals you live with, everyone needs protection from break-ins, burglary, and medical and fire emergencies. Do you currently enjoy total protection from an intruder intent on taking your belongings and harming you in the process? While no one can be absolutely 100 percent protected, you can make your home environment at least 3 times more secure* by employing a Wireless Home Alarm System with monitoring by ADT.

ADT Security Services in has top of the line wireless sensors that have the unique capability of detecting intruders before they step foot inside your property. Interior sensors are sensitive to body heat and movement and when activated make immediate contact with the closest command monitoring center and the appropriate authorities. ADT Security Services has five command centers located strategically across the United States so that your call and subsequent communications are received person-to-person rather than through automation. This assures prompt and immediate response during any emergency situation. Basic equipment includes a master control panel, a key chain remote, 3 door/window sensors, a motion detector, a built-in siren, and yard and window signs to be prominently displayed. Signs of this nature often deter crime before it is committed. Arming the home alarm system is easy – just a touch of the key chain remote – and protection is continuous – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Paramedics, fire, and police may be summoned by a touch of the control panel whether the system is armed or not. This assures assistance within minutes of activation. The scope of protection with these systems is comparable to having a private security specialist in your home at all times. Every Wireless ADT monitored alarm system is installed by a licensed professional who can answer any questions you might have and offer recommendations and suggestions for any additional security needs. Instruction on operation of your alarm system is provided as well as ADT certification for insurance purposes. Many homeowner insurance policies offer up to a 20 percent savings in premiums when an ADT monitored security system is installed. An added bonus for homeowners is that property values usually increase in homes protected by ADT alarm systems. Keep your loved ones and home protected from intruders, crime, fire, and medical emergencies. Continuous coverage starting at $32.99 per month is a small price to pay for 100 percent comfort and peace of mind. You can rest assured that your family is safe in the privacy of your home with ADT Alarm Services in . Everyone, everywhere is susceptible to crime. Your search for the best protection company has come to an end. ADT is the best in the business. Find more information about getting free system equipment and free activation – Home Security System monitored by ADT.

Fast, accurate response is probably the biggest benefit of your home alarm system during a burglary, fire, medical problem or other crisis. To deliver this kind of timely response ADT Security Services leads the industry with 5 virtually fail safe monitoring centers across the United States. Most companies in the USA only operate 1 or 2 monitoring facilities. When those centers go down, they have no way to monitor your residence. That leaves you without any protection when you need it the most. Don’t be left without any protection in .

Julia Hall
http://www.articlesbase.com/technology-articles/home-security-system-monitored-by-adt-101393.html

Geothermal Heat for your Home: Green, Clean and Lean

Posted by admin on March 15, 2013 in Clean Energy with No Comments


According to the Environmental Protection Agency, geothermal systems are the most energy efficient, cost-effective and environmentally clean heating/cooling systems available. A 1,500 square foot home in Colorado that uses a geothermal heat pump, averages energy costs of $1 a day. This includes all heating, cooling and hot water needs!

Geothermal heat pump systems can reduce a building’s energy consumption by 25% to 75%, as compared with conventional heating systems. Not only do they reduce energy consumption, but GHPs significantly lesson corresponding emissions. Emissions can be reduced up 44-72%, as compared with standard air-source heat pumps and air conditioning equipment. If you want to upgrade your space conditioning sources or are building a new home, these systems are green, clean and lean. In the long run they will benefit your pocket-book and the environment.

The simplest description of the geoexchange process is the movement of heat from the earth (or a groundwater source) into the home in the winter, and the discharging of heat back into the ground in the summer. Much of the country experiences extreme seasonal temperatures. But, did you know that just a few feet below the earth’s surface, the ground remains a relatively constant temperature? Ground temperatures range from 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. As in a cave, the ground temperature is warmer than the ambient air in the winter and cooler than that air in the summer. Geoexchange systems take advantage of this natural phenomenon.

GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMPS: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF HEAT EXCHANGE

The geothermal system includes these principal components:

– Earth Connection

Using the earth as a heat source and sink, a series of pipes is buried under ground, near the house. A fluid (water or a mixture of water and antifreeze) is circulated through these pipes. If the surrounding air is cooler than the soil, the pipes will absorb heat and if the air is warmer, they will sink heat back into the soil.

– Geothermal Heat Pump

For the actual heating of your home, a geothermal heat pump is installed. This heat pump removes heat from the fluid in the pipes, concentrates it, and then transfers it to the building. The process is reversed for cooling.

– Heat Distribution

Generally, conventional ductwork is used to distribute heated or cooled air from the pump into and throughout the building.

THE “DESUPERHEATER”: REDUCE YOUR HOT WATER COSTS BY HALF!

Geothermal heat pumps can be equipped with a “desuperheater. Yes, it sounds like a super hero and in some ways, it is. This device will heat your household water. The heat extracted from the house by your GHP during the summer, is then transferred from the GHP’s compressor into the house’s hot water tank. Winter water heating costs can be reduced by half with use of the “desuperheater”. HOT STUFF!

SHORT TERM COSTS VS LONGTERM SAVINGS

On average, a geothermal heat pump system costs about $2500 per ton of capacity. This would translate to roughly $7500 for a typical residential sized home. Other standard systems with air conditioning units usually go for about $4000. But, consider that with GHP’s high efficiency and much lower utility bills, your investment can be recouped in two to ten years. Financially, it is a golden ticket to strengthen the investment in your property. Not only in long term savings, but also in terms of increasing property value. A property that is equipped to heat/cool using geothermal is mostly self-sufficient, energy wise. There is real re-sale value, right there. Likewise, many geothermal systems can be financed with special loans from banks and other financial institutions. Get on board now, and invest in the investment that keeps on giving, naturally!

GEOTHERMAL IS SUPERIOR

DURABILITY

With fewer mechanical components that are all sheltered from the elements and possible vandalism, geothermal heat pumps are durable and highly reliable. Expect piping systems to come with 25-50 year warranties. The GHPs themselves last 20 years or more.

IMPROVED HUMIDITY CONTROL

GHPs are very effective in humid areas. GHPs improve humidity control while maintaining a 50% relative indoor humidity.

EFFICIENT AND QUIET

A two speed GHP system is so quiet. There are no tell-tale blasts of cold or hot air, as with other systems. Imagine, no A/C noise bothering the neighbors or buzzing the patio. With geothermal systems there are no outside condensing units, hence no constant hum, as with conventional air conditioners.

DESIGN IN MIND

Geothermal heat pump systems allow for design flexibility and can be installed in both new and retrofit situations. The hardware requires less space than conventional systems and so equipment rooms tend to be smaller. Imagine all the valuable home space freed up for other uses! The system also provides “zone” specific conditioning. Different parts of your home can be heated or cooled to different temperatures using GHPs.

There are so many advantages when you install a geothermal system in your home. First and foremost the immediate advantages will be for you, the consumer. Savings in utility costs will be from 20-70%! But, also consider what you will be doing for the environment with reduced emissions and reduced energy consumption. Every 100,000 homes built with geothermal heat pump systems reduce foreign oil consumption by 2.15 million barrels annually! What more do you need to know? An investment in a geothermal system for your home is undeniably wise for you, your future, the future of our planet and generations to come.

Andy Asbury
http://www.articlesbase.com/home-improvement-articles/geothermal-heat-for-your-home-green-clean-and-lean-285106.html

Renewable Energy Could be the Answer for Japanese Town

Posted by admin on March 13, 2013 in Renewable Energy with No Comments


Special correspondent Emily Taguchi has the story of Fukushima, Japan, a town aching for a comeback after an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. Once the home of the Fukushima Reactor, the town is looking towards Renewable Energy and other renewable sources to build a better future.

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WDPLaDoHCCC? #13 ‘Head Of The IPCC Acknowledges There Has Been No Global Warming!’

Posted by admin on March 13, 2013 in Global Warming with 24 Comments


This is a reply to :

What the Met Office actually stated:

http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/met-office-in-the-media-14-october-2012/

What Dr. James hansen actually stated:

http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2013/20130115_Temperature2012.pdf

What Dr. Pachauri actually stated:

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/connect-asia/ipcc-head-pachauri-tackles-climate-change-issue-in-australia/1091880

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3695289.htm

http://climatecommission.gov.au/media-releases/earth-continues-warm-strongly-despite-sceptics-claims/

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Environment News – Exxon Mobil, Yoko Ono, China, Environmental Protection Agency

Posted by admin on March 13, 2013 in Environment Protection with No Comments


Exxon Mobil predicts lower production this year
NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil expects production to decline by about 1 percent this year due to weaker output of natural gas.
http://news.yahoo.com/exxon-mobil-predicts-lower-production-152335415–finance.html

Anti-Fracking Celebrities, Such As Yoko Ono, Mark Ruffalo And Others, Put ‘Fractivism’ In The Spotlight
NEW YORK — The scene: a Manhattan art-house theater. The cause: a campaign against the gas drilling process known as fracking that’s being led by more than 100 celebrities, including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo and Mario Batali.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/anti-fracking-celebrities-yoko-ono-ruffalo_n_2812726.html

China pledges to tackle pollution crisis
China’s political elite pledged Tuesday to tackle the country’s environmental crisis in the face of a public outcry over pollution.
http://rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/money_latest/~3/8bYuLejc7Jw/index.html

Obama Rounds Out Cabinet With Budget, EPA, Energy Picks
Obama announced his nominees to lead a new U.S. push to tackle climate change on Monday and also announced his choice to lead the budget office.
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