Heating Degree Days Drop Again in 2017

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It’s not happening everywhere, but Atlanta, Aspen, and other places saw the downward trend of HDD continue

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We’ve had some beautiful cool weather here in Atlanta this spring. It’s about 50°F outdoors as I write this, one week into the month of May. The high yesterday was only about 70°F.

We’re getting a few more heating degree days (HDDThe difference between the 24-hour average (daily) temperature and the base temperature for one year for each day that the average is below the base temperature. For heating degree days, the base is usually 65 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, if the average temperature for December 1, 2001 was 30 degrees Fahrenheit, then the number of heating degrees for that day was 35.) in the middle of May. (Heating degree days are really just another way at looking at temperature, which I explained in more detail in a look at the fundamentals of degree days.) We occasionally pick up some HDD even in July and August. But it’s the winter HDD that matter for heating — and that give us a clue about the climate.

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Heating Degree Days Drop Again in 2017

Prime: 
prime

Subtitle: 
It’s not happening everywhere, but Atlanta, Aspen, and other places saw the downward trend of HDD continue

Images: 

We’ve had some beautiful cool weather here in Atlanta this spring. It’s about 50°F outdoors as I write this, one week into the month of May. The high yesterday was only about 70°F.

We’re getting a few more heating degree days (HDDThe difference between the 24-hour average (daily) temperature and the base temperature for one year for each day that the average is below the base temperature. For heating degree days, the base is usually 65 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, if the average temperature for December 1, 2001 was 30 degrees Fahrenheit, then the number of heating degrees for that day was 35.) in the middle of May. (Heating degree days are really just another way at looking at temperature, which I explained in more detail in a look at the fundamentals of degree days.) We occasionally pick up some HDD even in July and August. But it’s the winter HDD that matter for heating — and that give us a clue about the climate.

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Are self-sustaining eco-communities the future?

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There is no longer any doubt left that finding more sustainable ways to live are crucial to ensure the continued survival of our planet. And that is exactly what the ReGen Village project aims to achieve. It will consist of several eco-villages, which will be built to be completely self-sustaining from the ground up. The first of these villages will be developed in Almere, Holland.

While there are a number of communities around the world, which are already partially self-sustaining, such as offering organic food production for the population, or being powered exclusively by solar energy. However, the ReGen Village goes a step further in that they aim to become completely self-sustaining. The people behind it have outlined five “pillars” on which the community will be built. These are: the building of energy-positive homes, mixed renewable energy and storage, water and waste recycling, doorstep high-yield organic food production, and empowerment of local communities. The name ReGen comes from the word “regenerative,” and stands for their intention of creating a community in which all the outputs of one system will be used as the inputs of another.

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ReGen Villages will be built in collaboration with the Danish architectural firm EFFEKT and each will cover an area of about 166,300 sq ft (15,450 sq m). The villages will primarily be financed by wealth funds that are looking to minimize their fossil fuel investments and instead transfer their money into impact and knowledge-based investments. This money will be used to first purchase suitable areas of land, and then build the villages.

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The pilot community in Almere will consist of 100 homes and development will start in late 2016. The green technologies incorporated into the villages will be renewable energy generation, energy storage, vertical farming aquaponics and aeroponics, as well as water management and waste-to-resource systems. All the food will also be grown and produced organically, while they also aim to maintain a high biodiversity in the surrounding area of each village.

They also plan to build other such villages in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. It’s certainly a great idea and it will be interesting to see how well the pilot ReGen Village will perform once it is built and populated. That should also help answer the question of whether communities such as these are the first wave of the future.

The Blue Dot Tour – Maybe The Worthiest Cause Of All.

This is the initiative started by the David Suzuki Foundation to help bring the country together around the issues of our right to clean air, clean water and a safe environment.

This tour has been moving across the country to packed houses and has garnered an incredible amount of support among concerned Canadians.

We would like to add our voice to that chorus of concern. Our Green Directory isn’t just an online shopping experience for people who are looking for eco-friendly alternatives. We like to think that through our blogs we are actively working to create awareness for the efforts of all those whose ingenuity and innovation are helping to make the earth a better place to live.

We applaud the efforts of Mr Suzuki and the Blue Dot initiative for its ambition, its scope, its audacity and its power to help bring about change.

Find out more at http://bluedot.ca

Wolves In Yellowstone National Park

We all are pretty much aware of just how delicate the world’s ecosystem actually is. And just how relatively easy it is to upset that balance.

In fact, it’s pretty much a fact of life that we are currently experiencing that imbalance, as the earth’s climate starts to change, due in part to a number of disrupting human factors. Not the least important of these factors are the virtually unchecked burning of fossil fuels and the unrestricted clear cutting of large rainforest areas around the world.

This four minute film on SFGlobe.com is a classic example of how a single element, that was missing in the eco system of Yellowstone National Park, was returned to the park and, in a very short span of time, started to restore its eco-balance.

The missing element was wolves. The changes that the reintroduction of a group of wolves to the park has made are truly remarkable. In a strange way, it shows you just how much change can be affected simply by restoring balance to any eco system.

This film takes about 4 minutes to watch. But honestly it will fill you with a sense of joy and hope that maybe, if we can stop repressing progressive technologies like wind and solar, if we can start incorporating technologies that already exist that to make fuels burn cleaner and reduce carbon emissions to ridiculously low levels, and if can get industries and countries to incorporate pollution controls religiously, then the earth’s whole eco system might just stand a chance.

View the film here.

http://sfglo.be/dO0