Better Than Plants

According to an article on the website Futurism, an incinerator in Switzerland was recently fitted with a carbon capture plant that is reportedly 1,000 times more efficient than plant photosynthesis. Filters capture the CO2 over several hours. The filters are then heated to 212 degrees Fahrenheit (no great feat, your teakettle does the same thing and [...]

By |2017-08-16T08:30:00+00:00August 16th, 2017|Automation, Change, Energy, Environment, Future, Technology, Trends|Comments Off on Better Than Plants

I’m Just Trying to Help

You may not be familiar with the initials ACC. ACC is Anthropogenic Climate Change, more commonly called Man-Made Global Warming. There are a lot of people who are deeply and sincerely concerned about the effects of ACC, and rightfully so. The stakes are high. Without taking a side, however, it is clear that ACC supporters [...]

By |2017-08-15T08:39:45+00:00August 15th, 2017|Communication, Criticism, Economics, Energy, Environment, Humor, News, Politics, Tactics, Technology, Trust|Comments Off on I’m Just Trying to Help

The Near Future Promise of Clean Energy

Wind and solar power are getting more efficient and cheaper all the time. Which is great, as long as the wind blows and the sun shines. The Holy Grail of research in Clean Energy field has been storage. We need bigger, more efficient and cheaper batteries. Well, this is about to happen. According to a [...]

By |2017-07-22T10:49:20+00:00July 22nd, 2017|Automation, Energy, Environment, Future, News, Technology, Trends|Comments Off on The Near Future Promise of Clean Energy

Progress

It occurred to me recently that the real game-changer in energy won't be the development of new or more efficient sources of energy. The problem with power distribution is that it has to produced on demand - solar panels are useless at night, so another source of power has to be engaged during those hours. [...]

By |2014-06-26T09:35:47+00:00June 26th, 2014|Creativity, Distribution, Energy, Environment, Future, Tech|Comments Off on Progress

Just Don’t Call It Free

Summer is here and the season wouldn't be complete without loud and strident calls to make New Jersey's beaches "free." First, let's be clear in our definitions. "Free" is not the same as, "managed by a larger, less visible entity." In this instance, the State of New Jersey. Most beaches in New Jersey are managed [...]

By |2014-06-03T10:32:58+00:00June 3rd, 2014|Art, Economics, Environment, Financing, Humor, Service, Taxation|Comments Off on Just Don’t Call It Free

A Little Flexibility Could Go A Long Way

The concept of eminent domain contains two parts: public purpose and just compensation. Certainly the idea of public purpose has gotten fuzzy lately. In Kelo v. The City of New London apparently viable private property was condemned and turned over to a redeveloper. But most issues of public purpose are much more mundane and settled: the [...]

By |2013-05-17T15:18:23+00:00May 17th, 2013|Environment, News, Politics, Real Estate, Residential, Risk, Value, Waterfront|Comments Off on A Little Flexibility Could Go A Long Way

LEEDing the Way

I read an interesting article in the New York Times about the Bullitt Center, a 50,000 square foot office building in Seattle billed as the, "Greenest Commercial Building in the World."  In order to learn more, I interviewed Dr. Arbol Abrazo, Dean of Environmental Studies at Sequoia University in San Francisco, who worked on the project. PP: Dr. Abrazo, [...]

By |2013-04-17T18:49:53+00:00April 17th, 2013|Environment, Office, Real Estate|Comments Off on LEEDing the Way
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