Information technology managers take note: The cloud can be your friend.
U.S. government researchers built a model to test the energy cost of running common business applications using centralized data centers instead of local systems. Turned out the cloud’s energy efficiency advantages on a nationwide basis were huge – up to 87 percent, or around 23 billion kilowatt-hours.
“This is roughly the amount of electricity used each year by all the homes, businesses and industry in Los Angeles,” the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers said in a press release that accompanied the study [...
When it comes to keeping the lights and air conditioning on this summer, how much of a safety margin do we need?
After all, summertime is when electricity demand surges, as an entire nation reaches for the thermostat in the midst of a heat wave. Overall, our grid is getting older, and the demands are getting higher.
The words in the title above came from Pogo, and they have bounced around in the back of my brain since the 1970s when I first heard them. Many times I've been confronted with the truth of that quip by Pogo, the beloved character of former Disney cartoonist Walt Kelly (1913-1973), in a poster he created for the first Earth Day in 1970. No affirmation was more emphatic than an experience Mary and I shared in Canada recently.
This Earth Day, just two days after the third anniversary of BP’s fatal Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, we did something not very mindful of our Earth....
In 2012 energy-related, global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reached their highest levels ever at 31.6 gigatons, a data point to go along with the fact that last month CO2 surpassed the 400 parts-per-million mark for the first time in perhaps several million years....
Nothing gives a better sense of the growth of the green economy than the stories of the workers themselves. Part II of our series profiles people who work in conservation, renewable energy and green business. Their stories reflect the scope of the green jobs sector (catch part one here):
Name: Stacey Torigoe
City: Mineral, CA
Occupation: National Park Service Biological
Science Technician (Vegetation)
simple terms, describe what you do in your job....
This provided a fascinating opportunity to evaluate what many of us feel: that we must begin by not only communicating better the risks of neglecting the planet, but also by highlighting the antidotes to our current miserable record of planetary care.