Adrian King

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8 years 9 months ago

In 2009 China became a net-importer of coal.  In 2006 the New York Times reported that China was already using “more coal than the United States, the European Union and Japan combined.”  Today the amount of coal demanded in China is greater than ever.  The coast of China is 7,000 miles (11,265 km) from the land-locked Powder-River Basin coal deposits of eastern Montana and Wyoming, U.S.A. (For information on the developing dispute over the...


8 years 9 months ago

Len Lesser, Uncle Leo of Seinfeld fame, died yesterday, February 16, 2011, age 88.  “The Bookstore”, season 9 episode 17 for those of you following along at home, presents a scenario that mirrors the CO2 situation before the US Congress presently.  Lisa Jackson, US EPA Administrator, is tasked with defending the EPA’s ability to regulate CO...


8 years 9 months ago

A quick survey of corporate environmental rankings from sources including Newsweek and Justmeans consistently show Apple behind their tech sector competition.  The 2009 Justmeans rankings put HP at number seven, Dell at number 68, and Apple at number 100 with lower numbers equating to more environmentally friendly.  Newsweek put Dell at number one in the United States for their 2010 list.  Despite rankings, Apple may be seen as an...


8 years 9 months ago

Part one of this article introduces the use of solar energy for charging portable electronics in the urban jungle and beyond.  Part two touches on the inclusion of a battery and finds one company walking the talk.

The inclusion of a battery in a charging device adds to the environmental cost as batteries have a limited lifespan.  Devices without a battery must charge directly and limit mobility during charging.  Charging times vary from device to device but understand that it may take up...


8 years 9 months ago

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the search for an eco-conscious gift is on many people’s mind.  Portable electronic devices become more prevalent everyday and the attachment some people have to their devices borders on addiction.  So what better gift for the junkie in your life than a virtually limitless free supply of juice, you know, electricity.

The amount of solar energy that reaches the Earth in one hour, every hour, 24 times a day, is roughly equivalent to the energy consumed by the entire planet in one year...


8 years 9 months ago

Last month, January, 2011, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) postponed deciding how to regulate carbon emissions from the combustion of biomass.  Biomass is viewed as a renewable energy resource but shares several characteristics with fossil fuels.  Unlike solar, wind, hydro, or even geothermal, biomass must be combusted after it is harvested just like oil, gas, and coal.

The basic dichotomy is clear, energy resources requiring combustion produce emissions while energy resources not requiring combustion do not.  Emissions produced from the combustion of...


8 years 9 months ago

High-temperature superconductor (HTS) wire transmits 100 times the electricity of a standard copper wire of equal size and it does so with virtually no loss.  HTS wire costs more than conventional copper wire used today.  Electricity transmission and distribution losses in the United States are approximately 6.5% as of 2007.  HTS cabling is a quality investment as it will be less expensive long term, less intrusive in terms of infrastructure, and more secure than conventional cabling today...


8 years 9 months ago

President Obama’s 2011 State of The Union Address included a call for 80% of the United States’ electricity to come from clean energy by 2035.  The President focused on investing in the future and clean energy but found time to single out the oil industry as “doing just fine on their own” and to ask Congress to eliminate the billions of dollars going to them.  Is it too simple to weigh all energy sources by one well rationed standard and provide subsidies on a relative basis?  Base the standard on energy vs. impact.

Both factors, energy and impact, are composed...


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