Weather maps illustrate the strangest Christmas weather in history

December 24, 2015 by  
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WSI Forecast It seems the East and West Coasts have done some sort of Freaky Friday switch this Christmas, with peculiar weather conditions for each region. Weather maps for this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have a lot of people seeing red, with record highs blasting through many parts of the East Coast. Meanwhile the West Coast is suffering a deep freeze, creating the wackiest weather map we’ve seen in a long time- a literal divide of blue and red. Read the rest of Weather maps illustrate the strangest Christmas weather in history

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Army Corps Plans to Kill 16,000 Birds with Silenced Rifles and Night Vision Scopes

August 25, 2014 by  
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Just picture it: armed paratroopers storming a beach, armed to the teeth and ready to kill . . . a bunch of unarmed, helpless birds. That’s a bit over the top, but it’s not far from the truth and the lives of birds are actually at stake. The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is sounding the alarm over plans by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would see 16,000 cormorant birds in the Columbia River Estuary near Portland, OR killed using silenced rifles and night vision scopes in an effort to reduce the number of baby fish eaten by the birds . If the Army Corps plans go ahead, the 16,000 Double Breasted Cormorants would be killed over a period of four years, but the ABC says their plans are flawed. Read the rest of Army Corps Plans to Kill 16,000 Birds with Silenced Rifles and Night Vision Scopes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: army , breasted , Columbia , cormorant , corps , cull , double , east , engineers , estuary , fish , island , kill , river , salmon , salmonid , sand

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New Report Shows Startling Connection Between Slowing Gulf Stream and Rising Sea Levels on the East Coast

February 14, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Scientists project that on average, the world’s oceans will rise about 3 feet by 2100, putting low-lying areas in danger, contaminating water supplies and undermining roads, airports, port facilities and power plants. But even this dire prediction isn’t severe enough to describe what is happening on the east coast of the United States, where sea levels are rising at an even faster rate. The reason for this, according to a new  study in the February Journal of Geophysical Research, is that the Gulf Stream that moves north and then east toward northern Europe—and usually regulates sea levels in the region—is itself slowing down due to the effects of global warming. Read the rest of New Report Shows Startling Connection Between Slowing Gulf Stream and Rising Sea Levels on the East Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: global warming slowing down gulf stream , gulf stream , gulf stream flow , gulf stream regulates sea levels , journal of geophysical research , rising sea levels , rising sea levels on the US east coast , slowing of the gulf stream

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New Report Shows Startling Connection Between Slowing Gulf Stream and Rising Sea Levels on the East Coast

February 14, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Scientists project that on average, the world’s oceans will rise about 3 feet by 2100, putting low-lying areas in danger, contaminating water supplies and undermining roads, airports, port facilities and power plants. But even this dire prediction isn’t severe enough to describe what is happening on the east coast of the United States, where sea levels are rising at an even faster rate. The reason for this, according to a new  study in the February Journal of Geophysical Research, is that the Gulf Stream that moves north and then east toward northern Europe—and usually regulates sea levels in the region—is itself slowing down due to the effects of global warming. Read the rest of New Report Shows Startling Connection Between Slowing Gulf Stream and Rising Sea Levels on the East Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: global warming slowing down gulf stream , gulf stream , gulf stream flow , gulf stream regulates sea levels , journal of geophysical research , rising sea levels , rising sea levels on the US east coast , slowing of the gulf stream

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More than 7.5 Million Without Power as Hurricane Sandy Strikes the East Coast

October 30, 2012 by  
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Cities across the East Coast are in a state of emergency as Hurricane Sandy left widespread flooding and damage in its wake. People in New York and New Jersey awoke to massive floods and power outages , and at least 16 people are dead in states across the region. As of Tuesday morning, all of New York’s major river crossings are still closed, and President Obama declared parts of New York and New Jersey to be a federal disaster area earlier this morning. Read the rest of More than 7.5 Million Without Power as Hurricane Sandy Strikes the East Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: east coast , flooding , gowanus canal , Hurricane Sandy , natural disasters , new jersey , NOAA , nuclear power , NYC , NYC disasters , satellite image , Tropical storm Sandy

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Carlon Studio’s Sun N Fun Wellness Center Targets LEED Gold in Florida

June 21, 2012 by  
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The LEED Gold -seeking 18,000 square foot Sun N Fun Wellness Center was designed for a Florida resort looking to provide new services to attract the baby boomer generation of residents. The project’s goal was to connect to the existing pool and create an “open” feeling by taking advantage of views to the east. Full glass facades on the east and north provide large amounts of natural light and views outside. The building utilizes large overhangs on the south side to shade the against the harsh Florida sun, and it incorporates additional green building systems including a 10,000 gallon rainwater recycling cistern, a state of the art cooling system, and lights which are controlled by occupancy and daylight sensors. + Sun N Fun Wellness Center + Carlson Studio Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , carlson studio architecture , florida , green architecture , green resort , green retreat , green vacation , LEED gold , sun n fun wellness center , sustainable design , Sustainable Resort

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Ten easy tips to reduce heat buildup in your house

October 18, 2011 by  
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Parijat Sen: If you are building the house of your dreams then make sure you consult your designer about how to provide natural air conditioning to your house instead of investing in a mechanical air conditioner. If you design your home the right way then it can completely eliminate the need to use an air conditioner. Green design principles and an architect having a proper insight into green designs can help you with this. 1. Location The site where your house is situated is very important in facilitating natural conditioning. This is a very vital part of green designing. The sun angles and the angles of natural winds should be considered when you are placing your house. 2. Cross ventilation To ensure that there is cross ventilation in all the living spaces, you need to have operable windows set as far as possible. Natural air conditioning depends on cross ventilation at large. 3. Windows Windows play a major role when you are trying to cool your home naturally. High wall windows and clerestory windows really help in achieving this. A ‘chimney effect’ is created when the clerestory windows are made operable. Simple science works in this regard when low and high windows are kept open at the same time. Cool air enters through the low windows and hot air escapes through the clerestory ones. A constant circulation of air is created in the house. 4. Glass Your architect should make sure that he places the majority of glass on the north and south walls limiting the amount of glass on the east and west walls. When the sun is at a low angle in the mornings and evenings, this reduces the solar heat gain from the east and the west. 5. Overhangs Your designer can also consider designing large overhangs. These overhangs will help to shade your walls and glasses from solar heat gain and thus will result in natural conditioning. 6. Insulation Insulation of walls and ceilings plays a vital role in helping natural air conditioning. Super insulate walls and ceilings are thus the best possible options. You can invest in spray-on foams. These soy-based foams seal all the cracks and are also environment friendly. 7. Ventilation Ridge vents, soffit vents and gable vents help to ventilate your attic space and cathedral ceilings. This will help in cooling your attic area. Proper ventilation can actually reduce the heat in your house to large extents. 8. Roofing material Reflective or light colored roofing material helps to reflect back the rays of the sun. Albedo is the term which refers to the amount of reflectivity. You should aim for 29 and this will show the rating of your performance. 9. Other materials Driveways, porch lights and walks should always be of light colors. The paving materials should not use any asphalt paving. Color is very important here as cool air will become hot if they travel over dark materials which has accumulated heat. Make sure the air that travels into your house doesn’t travel over dark materials as that will make your house warm. 10. Landscape Plant landscape borders around the walls of your house as landscape is known to soak up heat. This keeps the heat away from your house. You can also try other methods to achieve natural air conditioning. You can install ceiling fans in all the living spaces where you spend time. Make sure that the ceiling fans are energy star rated. You can also install low E 4 window glass in all the windows. Use more cooler and efficient light sources over incandescent light sources. This will help reduce the amount of heat in your house. CFLs or LEDs can be used. These are more expensive than the rest but will benefit you in the long run. Also make sure that your home is at an angle of 45 degrees to the prevailing wind as this will help in cross ventilation.

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East Coast Cities’ Hurricane Prep Also Good Climate Change Adaptation

August 26, 2011 by  
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With Hurricane Irene set to blaze a path of destruction up the East Coast (and this author right in the path in lower Manhattan), NRDC has a good overview of how cities right in the path have been preparing (or not) for this sort of massive storm–and not incidentally many of these preparation also are good for climate change adaptation . … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Blizzards & Blustery Wind Don’t Mean Global Warming Is Fake – Say It With Me (Again) People

December 27, 2010 by  
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photo: Matthew McDermott I have to say that I haven’t yet heard some wrong-but-glib media personality exclaim that the blizzard that just whacked the East Coast proves that global warming isn’t happening, but no doubt it’ll be said or has been said and I missed it.

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Largest East Coast Community-Owned Wind Plant Goes Online

November 17, 2009 by  
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In a nearly unanimous vote just last summer, members of Maine’s Fox Island’s Electric Cooperative decided to invest in wind to power the island.

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