Category Archives: Sustainability

Fighting Drought Through Technology

From earlier blog posts you may be able to tell that I am deeply invested in the current severe drought in my home state of California. However, this is not just affecting us out here in the Golden State. Throughout … Continue reading

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Climate Change: No Longer a “Problem for Future Generations”

The end is not near, it’s here. The U.S. Global Change Research Program released a report that analyzes the present impacts of climate change across the United States. It examines regional and sectoral data, as well as the implications for infrastructure, … Continue reading

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Useful Tips for Wasting Less Food

In case you were wondering how you can waste less food (and money!), here are some useful tips in honor of Earth Day! We can all do our part to make sure we are consuming what we need, and not … Continue reading

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Climate Change & Us

This week representatives from 100 different governments will be meeting as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Japan. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a report to demonstrate to world leaders just how bad the … Continue reading

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World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Opens in Mojave Desert

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, the world’s largest solar-thermal power complex, called the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened. Sitting along the California-Nevada border, it stretches across approximately 5 square miles and contains roughly 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors. With a $2.2 … Continue reading

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Increasing Energy Efficiency Causing us to Consume More?

“Increasing efficiency is often the cheapest and easiest way to cut electricity and water consumption, but some lawmakers expressed concerns that stricter rules may backfire and undermine progress toward curbing emissions.” Turns out that while there is some rebound (where individuals … Continue reading

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A Milestone We Shouldn’t Celebrate

Back in May, we reached an important milestone in our impact on the environment, and hardly anyone heard about it. Carbon dioxide levels reached 400 parts per million (for every million molecules in the atmosphere, 400 were carbon dioxide) as … Continue reading

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Self-Sustained Environments

How would humans fare in a self-sustained environment? In 1991, eight men and women sought to answer this question. The results, however, were less than encouraging. Without intervention, they would likely have not survived. This speaks volumes about ideas such … Continue reading

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