Air conditioning, a necessity of modern life, is unique because it perpetuates the very problem it solves. As the planet warms and as it prospers, more people demand air conditioning. Traditional systems consume a lot of energy, which requires burning fossil fuels. That leads to greater carbon dioxide emissions, further warming the planet and intensifying the demand for air conditioning. Traditional air conditioning systems are inefficient by design. They are designed to meet peak loads, such as a fully occupied building on the afternoon of the hottest day of the year — even though that load rarely occurs. Most residential buildings are empty during working hours, and most office buildings are vacant at night. Fortunately, a more effective alternative for areas of high-density demand exists: district cooling. District cooling, which is the flip side of the district heating systems in use in the Nordic countries, is not a technology but rather an approach. It treats the … [Read more...] about How cities can stay cool on a warming Earth
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By Karen D'Souza | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: August 9, 2019 at 11:53 am | UPDATED: August 9, 2019 at 11:53 am The number of rabid bidding wars among Bay Area home buyers is sinking, with some of the steepest declines in the San Jose metro area, a new report says. But despite that, the Bay Area remains one of the nation’s most competitive markets. Just 13.3 percent of offers in the San Jose metro area last month faced bidding wars, compared to a whopping 80 percent during the same time last year, according to a report from the real estate brokerage Redfin. That was the steepest decline in the country. In the San Francisco metro area, which includes Oakland and Hayward, 35 percent of Redfin offers faced a bidding war in July compared to 72.4 percent a year ago. But San Francisco remains the nation’s most competitive market, according to Redfin, and San Jose ranks number eight. Still, the drop in bidding wars is a sign of just how … [Read more...] about Bidding wars plummet as Bay Area housing market cools
Melody Baetens The Detroit News Published 5:54 PM EDT Aug 7, 2019 Alexandria Drzazgowski was stuck. She needed yak meat for a recipe for her blog, the Foreign Fork, and couldn't find it anywhere in Metro Detroit. She eventually found a purveyor in the northern part of the state who shipped it to her, but the Bhutanese dish she was trying to create with it never panned out. This is just one example of the kind of commitment the Rochester native has to her global cooking blog, which she started one year ago. Her goal is to make around three dishes for each of the nearly 200 countries on the planet. The ambitious chef, who has been cooking for about 12 years, has researched, developed and tested recipes for 25 countries and posted them to foreignfork.com. For example, instead of the yak meat dish that just didn't click, she posted recipes for a peppers and cheese dish ema datschi, a blog on butter tea and instructions on how to make gondo datschi, a scrambled egg … [Read more...] about Amateur chef sets out to cook food from every country on Earth
Lisa Irizarry Newsday Published 3:39 PM EDT Jul 16, 2019 “Never let them see you sweat” is popular advice for handling difficult situations, but making that work in the literal sense during a busy day at the job can be a problem in the summertime. Long commutes or walking from a parking lot to your office building in the blazing heat can make you look and feel like a hot mess when you arrive at work, and even when you’ve cooled down it can be challenging to figure out how to stay cool, comfortable and look good if you have errands to run before you get home or you’re meeting friends for drinks. “As the lines between work and life become blurred people need clothing that can flex with the demands of fast-paced, 16-hour days,” says Aman Advani, CEO and co-founder of the Ministry of Supply fashion brand. It’s one of a growing number of companies using technology to make clothing worn in a professional office environment more functional and … [Read more...] about Summer office fashion, from no-sweat shirts to cooling socks
By The Washington Post | December 20, 2018 at 7:25 am By Isaac Stanley-Becker | The Washington Post Only stray bricks and wooden boards remained where Meghan Panu’s house once stood. This was odd, because there hadn’t been a fire. Or an earthquake. No, the young woman’s home had been wheeled away on a trailer on which it had been sitting outside a St. Louis warehouse for home remodeling supplies. Hers was no ordinary house, with foundations anchoring it in the ground. It was a tiny house. And it vanished over the weekend. For two years, the recent graduate of Webster University had been working on the minimalist accommodation. She had drawn a floor plan, installed sheep’s wool insulation, and found electric and water sources. The home rose 12 feet high, with green windows, a tin roof and stained cedar siding. Construction had cost about $20,000. Panu was planning to move in this coming spring, taking part in the tiny house movement. The architectural and … [Read more...] about She spent two years building a tiny house. Then thieves wheeled it away when she wasn’t watching.