Tag Archives: efficiency

  • Daily Digest
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    Daily Digest 3/22 – Eating On The Poverty Line, Will Cyprus Go The South American Way?

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, March 22, 2013, 4:53 PM

    • Le Monde Headline "No, France is Not Bankrupt"
    • Will Cyprus go the South American way?
    • US Begins Regulating BitCoin, Will Apply "Money Laundering" Rules To Virtual Transactions
    • Shopping on the poverty line – what can you eat?
    • Indonesia's wage wars
    • What You Think Is True Might Be False and Costly
    • Michael McKay: 'We're On The Verge Of Being Mugged By Our Governments'
    • Why Renewable Energy is so Attractive to Google
    • With a Big If, Science Panel Finds Deep Cuts Possible in Auto Emissions and Oil Use
    • Petroleum Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Automobiles Could Drop 80 Percent by 2050; Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, and Strong Government Policies Will Be Needed

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  • What Should I Do?
    Karen Lynn Allen

    A Journey of Energy Efficiency and Resilience

    One family's energy evolution - How they dropped their utili
    by Jason

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 5:32 PM


    Today we want to bring you the story of a five-member family living in San Francisco that awakened to the energy issues we all face (rising costs and levels of usage) and took incremental steps over the last decade to produce results that can give us all hope for a more efficient and resilient life….

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    The Siren Song of the Robot

    It may not be the boon we're counting on
    by Gregor Macdonald

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 5:03 PM


    The quest for cheap energy and cheap labor is a conquering human urge, one that has played out with notable ferocity starting with the Industrial Revolution. The introduction of coal into British manufacturing and the more recent outsourcing of Western manufacturing to Asia have marked key thresholds in this ongoing progression.

    But despite the harvesting of additional productivity gains from the more recent revolution in information technology, the suite of macro data suggests that the rate of advancement in physical production has slowed, notably, in the past thirty years.

    Seen in this light, the greatest gains to global industrial production were probably enjoyed from the late 18th century (when coal extraction and use began in earnest) into the mid-20th century (when oil reached broad distribution). In contrast, computers, the Internet, and the leveraging of developing world labor might eventually be seen as the finishing touches on this great industrial wave.

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