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The Wonder Woman of Insulation Installation

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An ‘ICE-ing’ Challenge for Tesla Owners

Tesla owners around the country have reported instances in which pickups are parked to block access to Tesla charging stations. (Photo: Freckletan via Reddit) Pickup truck owners with an apparent grudge against Tesla or its customers have found a way to harass drivers of their electric vehicles. A number of news outlets are reporting incidents in which pickups are parked in front of Tesla Supercharger stations, preventing car owners from refueling. The practice is called “ICE-ing,” in reference to the internal combustion engine, and it appears to be a way for truck owners to poke fun at the environmental sentiments…

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Climate Change Resilience Could Save Trillions

Is your city prepared for climate change? The latest National Climate Assessment paints a grim future if U.S. cities and states don’t take serious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bottom line is that the costs of climate change could reach 10% of the entire U.S. economy by the end of the century — or more than $2 trillion a year — much of it in damage to infrastructure and private property from more intense storms and flooding. Cities can greatly reduce the damage and costs through adaptive measures, such as building seawalls and reinforcing infrastructure. The problem is…

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The Promise and Unknowns of Hyperloop Transportation

This post originally appeared at Ensia. Deep in the heart of steel country on a balmy September morning, Cleveland City Council members, professors and non-profit leaders hopped out of their cars and Ubers and filed into a conference hall to find out why an Ohio transportation agency had taken the unusual step of using public money to pursue an experimental form of electric transportation: hyperloop. Attendees to this transportation workshop were no strangers to new technologies, especially innovations they hoped would make transportation faster and simpler. The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is part of a “smart city” group…

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After a Long Boom, an Uncertain Future for Big Dam Projects

This article first appeared at Yale Environment 360. The last few years have been turbulent for the global dam industry. In July, flooding caused a dam under construction in Laos to collapse, releasing an inland tsunami that drowned hundreds of people — estimates of the number killed start at 200 and go up by multiples of that. The torrent devastated the homes and farmland of about 6,600 people, most of whom now live in tents. In April, landslides at the Ituango Dam, near completion in Colombia, clogged a tunnel used to divert river water from the project. The resulting flooding…

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Study Details Health Risks of Insulation and Air-Sealing Products

A group of organizations promoting energy-efficient housing has published a report on insulation and air-sealing products, concluding that chemical emissions from some commonly used building materials can pose long-term health risks. A Guide to Healthier Upgrade Materials comes from a group called Energy Efficiency for All and is based on research by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the International Living Future Institute, the Healthy Building Network, and others. Although written specifically for those working on energy upgrades for affordable multifamily projects, the recommendations should be useful across the building industry, the authors said. The benefits of insulating and air sealing…

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