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Carbon Dioxide

Refurbished vs. New House Energy Efficiency

Rehabbed Historic House

While the real estate market is currently in a flat spin, housing is still a basic need. Choosing a home may be the biggest way you can affect your personal CO2 footprint. If a yurt doesn't meet your housing needs there are other low CO2 options. If you are choosing between a new and a used home, which is the better option? The answer, of course, is that "it depends".

Snow Sports vs. Global Warming

Snow Flakes

Global Warming is causing temperatures to rise and is disrupting weather patterns world-wide. The Snow Sports industry (skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, etc.) depends on cold winter weather and reliable snowfalls. Given that Global Warming threatens the very existence of snow what is the Snow Sports Industry doing now and what could it be doing to operate more sustainably?

Ski Areas and Resorts

A Man, A Plan, Sustainability

Sustainable Santa Fe Logo

What: Public Meeting to Review Sustainable Santa Fe Plan
Where: Southside Library Community Room, 6599 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505
When: Saturday, February 16th, 2008, 12 Noon to 4 p.m.

Are Carbon Offsets for Real?

Oak Tree in winter

F.T.C. Asks if Carbon-Offset Money Is Well Spent

Carbon Offsets are one of the newest inventions in the search for ways to reduce ones carbon footprint. The idea is that you purchase a number of offsets to compensate for the amount of carbon you are responsible for generating by traveling, building a new house or just day to day consumer purchases. The question is - are they for real?

Driving vs. Flying CO2 Emissions

Neon Signs in Williams, AZ

A NM to CA Road-Trip Comparison

Choosing between traveling by airplane and traveling by car is usually pretty simple. The questions one answers are usually 'How far am I traveling, how much time do I have, how much will a flight cost compared to driving costs, Is there an ocean between me and my destination?' One new factor that some of us are starting to take into account when making travel choices is 'Which mode of travel produces the least CO2?' I've made a direct comparison of two trips between New Mexico and California, one taken by air and the other by car.

A Dark and Starry Night

Santa Fe City Lights at Dusk

Do you remember when it was dark at night? I mean REALLY dark. Step outside your door an hour after sunset and you'll see what I mean. Between the neighbor's always-on security lights, the glaring streetlights, and the 24 hour stores around the block the night time sky isn't all that dark anymore. If you live in a city or even most towns it has become difficult if not impossible to see most of the stars anymore.

Freakonomics asks What Should We Do About Global Warming?


Freakonomics asks What Should We Do About Global Warming?

If you haven't yet read the book Freakonomics, I strongly recommend it. The authors of Freakonomics re-ask and answer many questions that many of us thought were answered. Those freaky questions include:
- Why do people cheat?
- Why do most drug dealers live with their moms?
- Why has crime gone down over the past 30 years?

Step Lightly and Emit Less CO2


One of the terms that is bandied about a lot recently is Carbon Footprint. A person's carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 they are responsible for producing each year. If you intend to live a more sustainable life then reducing your carbon footprint is a good way to measure that. The first question to answer is "What is my carbon footprint." Thanks to the wonders of the Internet can help you measure your CO2 output.

At what price power? - the Navajo Coal Power Plant

Four Corners Power Plant

The Energy Challenge: Navajos and Environmentalists Split on Power Plant - The struggle over a proposal for a huge coal-fired power plant on a Navajo reservation is a homegrown version of the global debate on climate change. [NYT - Environment]

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