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Costa Rica: 100% Renewable Electricity for 100 Days, Carbon Neutral by 2021
Costa Rica has provided all of its electricity from renewables, usually a mix of 68 percent hydro, 15 percent geothermal, and 17% mostly diesel and gas, for the first 100 days of 2015. The Tico ...
gmoke 05/16/2015 10 27 - -
Global Warming Majority
63% of adults in the USA think global warming is happening. In every state and every Congressional district the majority admits the existence of global warming. There are only 37 counties in 14 ...
gmoke 05/07/2015 6 17 1 -
Recycled Solar: Double-Glazed Solar Hot Cap Cloche
I was cleaning out my storeroom the other day and came across another recycled solar device that I was fooling with a few years ago. A one liter clear plastic bottle makes a good hot cap or cloche ...
gmoke 04/28/2015 10 17 - -
Notes on Making Conflict Work
4/9/15 Harvard Law Peter Coleman, Columbia Making Conflict Work ( book talk Self assessment available at 30 ...
gmoke 04/13/2015 3 - - -
Solar Coldframe and First Planting in the Garden
Planted the first bed of peas in my garden today with some lettuce and spinach sharing the space and set up a solar coldframe in which I planted cucumber, kale and rocket salad seeds. A few more ...
gmoke 04/06/2015 7 21 1 -
Harvard Business School’s Oldest Alumni Propose a New Climate Project
Boston, MA, April 2, 2015--Helping to kick off Harvard’s first annual “Climate Week,” centenarian F. Gorham Brigham, Jr., and 97-year-old Del Markoff, Harvard Business School’s oldest living ...
gmoke 04/02/2015 7 11 - -
Energiewende: Germany's Energy Transition
Tuesday, March 31 I saw Andreas Kraemer, International Institute for Advanced Sustainability in Pottsdam, founder of the Ecological Institute of Berlin, and currently associated with Duke University,
gmoke 04/01/2015 18 24 1 -
Getting to Net Zero: Cambridge, MA
For the past year, the Cambridge, MA city government has had a Getting to Net Zero Task Force studying the implications of a net zero energy building requirement. They finished the draft report on ...
gmoke 03/26/2015 2 14 - -
Urban Agriculture
Here's the text of a presentation I did today at Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's Building Energy conference. This was the first time they addressed urban agriculture. Everybody eats and ...
gmoke 03/04/2015 67 57 4 -
Cities Scale: Boston Living with Water
Cities scale is where real climate change adaptation is taking place, now, whether or not we have national or international agreements on greenhouse gases. Cities and regions have to deal with ...
gmoke 02/23/2015 2 11 - -
Eradicating Child Homelessness in MA
Eradicating Child Homelessness in MA Monday, March 2 9 – 5 PM Lesley University, ...
gmoke 02/22/2015 1 - - -
Pollster Peter Hart at Harvard 2/3/15
Pollster Peter Hart spoke at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on February 3, 2015 to a small group of people in the regular Tuesday noon conversation. He brought slides from the recent NBC/...
gmoke 02/03/2015 4 3 1 -
Intertribal Problems Stuck on Stupid
We are going into our fifth month of demonstrations and actions all over the USA about police violence and sanctioned summary judgment. Hearing, reading, seeing the news, it seems as if brutality, ...
gmoke 01/09/2015 16 53 4 -
Generosity and Gratitude
I was watching the CBS Evening News on Friday, December 19, 2014 which finished with an "On the Road" segment, Steve Hartman continuing the beat that Charles Kuralt started. This one was a follow-...
gmoke 12/22/2014 11 12 - -
Solar Microgrids and Water Biomonitoring for Christmas
Solar Microgrids in Tanzania: Maasai Stoves & Solar Project International Collaborative 81 Kirkland Street, Unit 2, Cambridge, MA 02138 http://...
gmoke 12/16/2014 3 20 2 -
Do It Yourself Solar: Austrian Self-Build Coops
In 1983, a couple of years after the second of the 1970s oil shocks and at a time when petroleum prices were relatively low, in a village near Graz, Austria, in the province of Styria, a farmer and ...
gmoke 12/08/2014 18 34 1 -
Two Points about US Policing
Don't see too much about these points but they are crystal clear to me. 1. According to what I've read, a much higher proportion of first responders - police, fire, and EMT personnel - are in the ...
gmoke 12/04/2014 2 9 - -
Germany's Biggest Utility Changes Its Business Model
"In a strategy approved by the utility's advisory board yesterday, E.ON [Germany's biggest utility] is preparing to split into two separate companies sometime next year. The new (as-yet-unnamed) ...
gmoke 12/01/2014 11 16 1 -
Thrive Solar®
On Friday 11/14/14, Ranganayakulu Bodavula Ph D, Chairman and Managing Director of Thrive® Solar Energy Pvt Ltd (, spoke at Harvard’s Center for Population Studies (...
gmoke 11/18/2014 10 19 2 -
Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming
Just wanted to make sure people know about this upcoming conference which may be the start of something really exciting. I know from my monitoring of Harvard, MIT, and other universities that ...
gmoke 10/26/2014 58 31 2 -
Carbon Farming: Organic Agriculture Saves the World [Geotherapy]
Something is happening in the organic farming community. This year the Northeast Organic Farming Association has been exploring carbon farming, “regenerative organic agricultural techniques for ...
gmoke 10/07/2014 15 37 4 -
Design for Limited Attention Spans: 9 Minutes for Energy
Opower ( designs customer engagement programs for more than 90 partners in the utility industry. They serve millions of domestic and commercial customers on three continents, ...
gmoke 09/10/2014 5 4 - -
Smart Phones to Tricorders
The Tricorder XPrize ( is a $10 million contest "to bring healthcare to the palm of your hand. Imagine a portable, wireless device in the palm of your hand ...
gmoke 08/19/2014 7 18 3 -
Two Points About Militarized Policing
The first point: not only are police forces around the country supplied with military weapons and equipment for little or no good reason but police officers are more likely than not to have been ...
gmoke 08/15/2014 8 10 1 -
How to Beat Drought: Clayton County, GA 2007 Flashback
Thinking about the drought news, I remembered this diary from the 2007 drought in Georgia and the Southeast USA about Clayton County which designed a wastewater recharge system that saved them from ...
gmoke 08/01/2014 5 14 1 -
Climate Change and Geotherapy: Two Conferences, Two Workshops, and Another Chance
I’ve been going to public lectures on climate change at Harvard, MIT, and other places since at least 1980. Lately I’ve been thinking that I have yet to hear an ecologist talk about the subject.
gmoke 07/26/2014 18 18 4 -
Through MIT's Nuclear Goggles
Switzerland came to the Boston area a week or so ago. There was a conversation with one of the political leaders of the country, Doris Leuthard, Councillor of the Swiss Federal Department of ...
gmoke 07/20/2014 123 17 - -
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
I spent the Christmas weekend of 2010 with Henri Cartier-Bresson, watching the few documentaries he made and a few documentaries about him. I've always liked his photographs, who could not? His ...
gmoke 07/01/2014 24 41 5 -
Why the Nazis Never Built an Atomic Bomb
A few months ago, I found an old paperback book called _Skis Against the Atom_ by Captain Knut Haukelid (London: William Kimber and Company, 1954) and bought it. As a lifelong skier with a father ...
gmoke 06/28/2014 324 256 4 -
New Bottle Caps for Coke: Second Life Design
Coca-Cola is going to distribute 16 replacement caps for plastic Coke bottles which will serve a variety of after uses, including water guns, paint brushes, condiment dispensers, sprayers and misters.
gmoke 06/21/2014 22 23 2 -
Natural Gas Leaks: Methane Management
This summer, the Squeaky Leak Project ( will drive down every street in Cambridge and Somerville, MA with a high-precision methane analyzer ...
gmoke 06/12/2014 14 7 - -
It Ain't How Much Energy We Generate, It's How Much We "Reject" (for the USA at least)
Every year, I look at the US annual energy budget chart and figure out a rough percentage of how energy efficient our economy is, the percentages of "useful" and "rejected" energy (the terms ...
gmoke 06/07/2014 28 6 - -
Sun Money
Solar is power and currency not only as energy, electricity, heat but also as politics, economics, and sociology. Solar energy is, by definition, local production, swadeshi, what Gandhi called the "
gmoke 05/25/2014 6 20 1 -
IPCC Summary for Policymakers (SPM) Mitigation scenarios in which it is likely that the temperature change caused by anthropogenic GHG emissions can be kept to ...
gmoke 05/13/2014 7 7 - -
Cambridge MA: Energy and Environment Test Bed
Since Cambridge, MA is the home of MIT, the city serves as a test bed for many new technologies, for good or ill. As Cambridge is also a famously active political and environmental community, the ...
gmoke 05/11/2014 8 10 - -
MIT at Flood Level
On Friday, May 2, 2014 FossilFreeMIT ( declared a flood zone all around their campus at Hurricane Sandy strength plus projected 2050 sea level rise to publicize their ...
gmoke 05/03/2014 3 17 - -
At the Harvard Divest Rally
Went to the Harvard Divest rally this morning which took place in front of Massachusetts Hall where the President, Provost, Treasurer, and Vice Presidents of the University have offices. There was ...
gmoke 04/30/2014 6 22 - -
Theories of Fear and Hope
Just read these two short books, pamphlets really or essays, both bookstore finds, one in the MIT Press bookstore hurt books and the other in Harvard Books remainder section, both from France: The ...
gmoke 04/26/2014 3 2 - -
James Hansen at MIT
James Hansen visited MIT on April 15 and April 16 and gave two public talks. One was for Fossil Free MIT (, a new student group concerned with divestment, on the ...
gmoke 04/20/2014 86 113 4 -
"Imagine a world without snow"
"Imagine a world without snow." The winter sports industry can and is organizing to change that vision. On Tuesday, April 8, I attended an event on the subject of the future of snow for the ...
gmoke 04/13/2014 5 13 - -
MyCityGardens: Networking Greater Boston Gardening is up and running for the season. We're a local yard sharing website that connects gardeners, mentors, and people with access to space, to neighbors who want to roll up their ...
gmoke 03/30/2014 7 11 - -
Living Building Challenge
I had heard of the Living Building Challenge ( and looked at its winning entry for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge award but the idea did not come into focus ...
gmoke 03/18/2014 8 14 1 -
Methane Management: Crowdfunding Natural Gas Leak Monitoring
HEET [Home Energy Efficiency Team ], a Cambridge, MA nonprofit which organizes public weatherization parties and barnraisings, is crowd funding a natural gas leak monitoring ...
gmoke 03/10/2014 3 15 - -
"Net zero is not a practical goal in New England"
Peter Wilson [in a Cambridgewickedlocal with news from the Chronicle and Tab LtE] wrote that "Net zero is not a ...
gmoke 02/24/2014 15 14 - -
Green Growth: Grameen Shakti
The Grameen Shakti renewable energy program includes: solar energy through their Solar Home System (SHS); biogas for use as cooking fuel, electricity production and organic fertilizer; and improved ...
gmoke 02/20/2014 1 5 - -
MA Governor Democratic Candidates' Forum on Energy
These are rough notes and impressions. All mistakes and opinions are mine. 2/13/14 Sponsored by Next Step Living Design Center, Boston MA Opening statements: Joe Avellone: revenue neutral carbon ...
gmoke 02/14/2014 1 2 - -
Printing Buildings
Monday, March 22, 2004 2:00pm - 4:00pm MIT, Building 1- 236, Spofford Room, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge Professor Behrokh "Berok" Khoshnevis, USC Professor Khoshnevis will be at MIT on the ...
gmoke 02/02/2014 15 12 - -
Solar Powered Amish Buggy
Larry Yoder's solar powered Amish buggy: http:/
gmoke 01/24/2014 13 44 - -
On Learning of John Dobson's, the Sidewalk Astronomer's Death
"The universe is mostly hydrogen and ignorance." John Dobson One night I was walking in Central Square, Cambridge, MA and saw somebody with a telescope, probably an MIT or Harvard student, ...
gmoke 01/20/2014 10 17 - -
Caribbean Solar Sailboat Project Help empower coastal Caribbean communities with a solar sailboat that will provide workshops and ...
gmoke 01/18/2014 7 9 - -
Sustainable Development and Climate Change: 2 Free Online Courses
I'd like to participate in an ongoing on and off line brainstorm using Buckminster Fuller's World Game design criteria, "How can we make the world work for 100 percent of humanity in the shortest ...
gmoke 01/06/2014 5 14 - -
Toilets, Stoves, and Solar
Susan Murcott, Bob Lange, and Richard Komp are three grassroots environmental activists who are changing lives all around the world. Susan is a water researcher whose work on simple water filters ...
gmoke 01/05/2014 5 9 - -
Top Twenty Climate Denial Funders 2003-2010
from "Institutionalizing delay: foundation funding and the creation of U.S. climate change counter-movement organizations" ( These 20 ...
gmoke 12/30/2013 3 13 1 -
Top 20 Greenhouse Gas Emitters 1854-2010
Tracing anthropogenic carbon dioxide and methane emissions to fossil fuel and cement producers, 1854–2010 Richard Heede ...
gmoke 12/29/2013 33 17 1 -
Universal Energy Access: IAP at MIT with e4Dev
e4Dev, a student group at MIT interested in Energy for Development, is organizing a four day course on "Exploring the intersection of energy and human development" Racing Towards Universal Energy ...
gmoke 12/23/2013 1 6 1 -
Solar Christmas Present
Wakawaka ( makes a super efficient, sustainable, lightweight, sturdy and compact solar phone charger and lamp. It enables you to charge virtually any type of (smart)phone or ...
gmoke 12/19/2013 3 12 1 -
The Oldest Pianist (and Holocaust Survivor) in the World
One of the sites I regularly visit is and today they included a video about Alice Herz-Sommer the 110-year-old woman who is both the oldest living Holocaust survivor and ...
gmoke 12/04/2013 20 41 1 -
Towel Wrapped Round a Dowel
A towel wrapped around a dowel used as a balance tool with a set of simple of exercises. Also a foot massager. You can use a broomstick or any small, round cylinder that will support your weight.
gmoke 11/24/2013 11 10 - -
Net Zero and Beyond
Cambridge, MA has been debating a net zero energy and/or emissions standard ( for new buildings over 25,000 square feet since the Spring of 2013, partially because of ...
gmoke 11/19/2013 2 14 1 -
US Oil Production and Energy Security
Rough notes from a seminar session. All mistakes are mine. 11/4/13 Harvard Kennedy School of Government Carl Pope, Principal at Inside Straight Strategies and Former Executive Director for the ...
gmoke 11/07/2013 1 6 - -
Energizing Sustainable Cities: Slouching Towards Net Zero in Two Degree C Hotter World
Here are my rough notes (slightly polished) from three recent events I attended at Tufts, MIT, and online. My comments are within [brackets]. Energizing Sustainable Cities: Findings from the ...
gmoke 10/31/2013 3 11 - -
Pattern Language for an Urban Agriculture System
A series of patterns from _A Pattern Language_ (Christopher Alexander et alia, NY: Oxford University Press, 1977) for designing an urban agriculture system, from City Country Fingers to Paving with ...
gmoke 10/28/2013 6 8 1 -
Utility Transition
The second largest utility in Germany, RWE, says, "…we will position ourselves as a project enabler and operator, and system integrator of renewables."
gmoke 10/23/2013 7 9 - -
What I Do and Why I Do It
I publish a weekly listing of Energy (and Other) Events at the colleges, universities, and in the community around Cambridge, MA ( and have been doing it consistently ...
gmoke 10/18/2013 10 30 4 -
Kickstarter to Digitize the Archives of the American Solar Energy Association
Kickstarter to digitize the archives of American Solar Energy Association & make them open access, 60 years worth of work on renewables. They nearly lost the archive to the recent CO flooding. Make ...
gmoke 10/05/2013 2 12 1 -
Resilience and Climate Change
Recently, I've noticed there has been a shift from talking about mitigation to adaptation to resilience when dealing with climate change. From my perspective, this is not a bad development as ...
gmoke 09/27/2013 13 17 1 -
Reprogramming the City
There's a great exhibition at the Boston Society of Architects down by South Station called "Reprogramming the City" ( It is all about small ...
gmoke 09/22/2013 7 9 - -
Ad Hominem Ben Shapiro
Columnist Ben Shapiro was a guest on CSPAN's "In Depth" the first Sunday of September and said something that struck me. At the very end of the program, a caller asked him about ad hominem attacks.
gmoke 09/17/2013 3 1 - -
Energy Upgrade Parties at the Sustainable Houses of Worship
For the last few years, I've been publishing a weekly listing service on Energy (and Other) Events ( that happen around Cambridge, MA in the colleges, universities, and ...
gmoke 09/09/2013 8 13 - -
Sierra Club Green Schools in Massachusetts 7 of the 162 Sierra Club "Green Schools" were in MA, in order of standing: Harvard 16 UMass Amherst 27 BU 88 Hampshire 89 ...
gmoke 09/04/2013 2 2 - -
Canal Restorer to River Restorer?
This greenhouse at the former historic Fisherville Mill in South Grafton, Massachusetts, sits on the banks of a canal by the Blackstone River. It is cleaning stormwater runoff and water ...
gmoke 08/20/2013 39 79 6 -
Who Owns the Future?: A Book Review
I didn't want to read Jaron Lanier's _Who Owns the Future?_ (NY: Simon and Schuster, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4516-5496-7) as I thought Lanier's writings as a virtual reality enthusiast back in the day were ...
gmoke 08/11/2013 7 4 - -
Big Money
Big Money from _Confessions of an Igloo Dweller: Memories of the Old Arctic_ by James Houston (Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston 1995 ISBN 0-395-78890-0) James Houston was the man who brought Inuit art ...
gmoke 08/05/2013 1 2 - -
Cities Scale: Regenerative Development
The majority of the people in the world now live in cities and that will probably only increase as this century goes on. We need to imagine cities that are sustainable and, even more, regenerative, ...
gmoke 08/04/2013 10 14 3 -
Urban Factory Farming: Industrial Agriculture Ecologies and LED Pinkhouses
According to the BBC (, "Urban agriculture has the potential to become so pervasive within our cities that by the year ...
gmoke 07/28/2013 12 22 5 -
Sixpack of Solar: How Many Solar Devices Can You Make from a Plastic Bottle?
How Many Solar Devices Can You Make from a Plastic Bottle? A clear PET plastic bottle can help disinfect water. 6 hours of sunlight's UV-radiation kills diarrhoea-causing pathogens in water ...
gmoke 07/19/2013 19 69 10 -
World Meteorological Organization: Heatwave Decade
The World Meteorological Organization recently released their Global Climate Report: Decade of Extremes (pdf alert: and video at
gmoke 07/16/2013 4 10 - -
Larger Scale Renewable Energy Systems (Bigger than Household)
18 minute video Over the last twenty years, the municipality of Thisted in Northwest Jutland, Denmark, covering an area of 1,072 km² with a total population of 45,549 (2008), has shifted to ...
gmoke 07/13/2013 2 11 - -
Renewables in Extreme Climates
I've been collecting links to renewable developments in extreme climates for awhile now and thought it might be time to share some of them. If we can build renewably powered buildings in Antarctica,
gmoke 07/12/2013 11 8 - -
City Agriculture Links List
In June, I attended a meeting at Cambridge City Hall about urban agriculture with some of the City Councillors. Boston has been publicly debating zoning and regulation for urban farming, commercial ...
gmoke 07/10/2013 5 13 3 -
Swiss Solar Boat (and French Polar Pod)
On June 25, the world's largest solar ship, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar (, was docked in Boston and hosted a symposium on water and climate change, "From the Alps to the ...
gmoke 07/06/2013 13 33 - -
Retiring NE's Coal and Oil Electric Plants
The Restructuring Roundtable is a mostly monthly (it takes the summer months off) meeting of the energy sector in Boston that takes a morning to discuss energy issues in depth with the major players ...
gmoke 06/21/2013 4 10 - -
How I Answer the Phone
If you call me, you'll hear me answer, "Solar IS Civil Defense. The NSA is still listening. And so is Rupert Murdoch but maybe not for long." Usually people laugh. Maybe now they'll stop. I ...
gmoke 06/07/2013 12 13 - -
Methane Cell Phone Sniffers
Read about this study from BU ( about the amazing amount of methane leaks in Boston and wondered if there was a way to enable citizens ...
gmoke 06/02/2013 9 10 - -
How to Rebuild Our Infrastructure: A Suggestion from 1894
On Easter 1894, the Army of the Commonweal of Christ began a march to Washington, D. C. from Massillon, OH as a "petition in boots" to pass two bills, the Good Roads Bill and the Non-interest ...
gmoke 05/25/2013 8 8 - -
Simple Solar Principles
Simple solar principles dark gets hot light reflects clear keeps the wind out insulation keeps heat in heat can be stored and moved and any window that sees sunlight is already a solar ...
gmoke 05/17/2013 18 15 - -
Energy Efficiency Strikes Again
I've been following the work of Edward Mazria since he published The Passive Solar Energy Book: A Complete Guide to Passive Solar Home, Greenhouse and Building Design back in 1979. It was a great ...
gmoke 05/15/2013 34 33 2 -
Mark Twain: The Lie of Silent Assertion
Awhile ago I read _The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media_ by Brooke Gladstone, illustrated by Josh Neufeld (NY: WW Norton, 2011 ISBN 978-0-393-07779-7), a graphic novel on the ...
gmoke 05/07/2013 16 21 - -
Wheelchair Bike
Wheelchair bike attachment: I want a vehicle like a collapsible wheelchair, light enough to carry up & down 3 floors. If it can also support a workable weather fairing so that I can ride drier in ...
gmoke 05/03/2013 12 24 - -
Free Energy: Solar and Dynamo LED Keychain Lights
Last year, one of the vendors at NESEA's Building Energy conference ( gave away a keychain fob, a little two LED hand crank light. This year, another vendor ...
gmoke 04/30/2013 9 23 3 -
Tensegrity Everywhere
"Tensegrity systems are structures that stabilize their shape by continuous tension or 'tensional integrity' rather than by continuous compression (e.g., as used in a stone arch)." Here is a ...
gmoke 04/17/2013 7 4 - -
Solar Garden: Overwintering Kale
For years, I've been using recycled solar cloches or hot caps made out of 2 liter bottles filled with water circling another plastic bottle with its bottom cut off in the center for the plant. I'...
gmoke 04/10/2013 12 31 2 -
Maker Manifesto
If you want something you've never had, then you've got to do something you've never done. This is the Maker Manifesto 1. We will wait for no one. 2. We will make the things Africa needs. 3. We ...
gmoke 03/29/2013 2 10 - -
Solar as a Cottage Industry
Richard Komp has taught people how to make solar as a cottage industry in at least 16 different countries over the last few years. Here's the trailer for a recent documentary on his work in Mali.
gmoke 03/25/2013 12 34 1 -
Lessons of Watergate Conference Livestream
Thought people might want to know about this event. Watch "The Lessons of Watergate" live! Common Cause’s “The Lessons of Watergate” conference starts Wednesday [3/13/13] at the National ...
gmoke 03/11/2013 1 4 1 -
Providential Experimentation
A 1990-1991 visit to one of John Todd's living machines treating sewage and septage with ecological systems design and without chemicals in Providence, RI. The mention of the MWRA (MA Water ...
gmoke 02/26/2013 3 4 - -
Boston Solar House Tour, 1990
A tour of suburban homes and urban apartment houses using solar energy around the Boston area from 1990 or so. Some of these houses were built as early as the 1960s and most if not all of them are ...
gmoke 02/21/2013 3 10 - -
Climate Change Message Failure
"When the fear-producing message describes danger but the audience is not told of clear, specific, effective means of reducing the danger, they may deal with the fear by 'blocking' the message or ...
gmoke 02/20/2013 24 12 1 -
Worms, Worms, Worms
How to compost vegetable scraps in your kitchen with a worm bucket. This is a video made around 1990 when my experience with worms was about 15 years deep. The same system still works in 2013 ...
gmoke 02/11/2013 17 15 4 -
Steering Spaceship Earth: An Issue for Fantastic Future Stories
Seems to me that there's a hole in the collective unconscious. We do not have any widely accepted stories on how to survive and thrive in the face of climate change. Here are some of my ...
gmoke 02/09/2013 12 7 - -
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