Axe coal to halt global warming

Via stuff.co.nz, 14-05-2011 Stopping the use of coal for electricity generation is the answer to halting global warming. This is the view of an internationally acclaimed scientist, known as the ‘father of climate change’, who spoke at Massey University yesterday. Dr James Hansen is one of the world’s leading climate scientists and was in Palmerston…

The ugly side of solar panels

Via Low-tech Magazine, 03-03-2008 New research shows, albeit unintentional, that generating electricity with solar panels can also be a very bad idea. In some cases, producing electricity by solar panels releases more greenhouse gases than producing electricity by gas or even coal. Producing electricity from solar cells reduces air pollutants and greenhouse gases by about…

NL Architects Unveil Knokke-Heist School Blanketed With a Green Roof

Via inhabitat by Bridgette Meinhold, 29-04-2011 NL Architects recently unveiled their competition-winning plans for a new school in Belgium that is completely covered with a green roof. Organized around a central ‘heart’, four branching arms pinwheel off the center to provide space for different grade levels. Daylighting, natural ventilation, photovoltaics, and wind power are used…