The persistent snow and other bad weather that has blanketed the northern U.S. and much of Canada has ground several cities to a halt and made many everyday activities all but impossible for folks from
A couple weeks ago we heard that New Chitose Airport, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido plans on using snow, kept cool throughout the summer under insulating materials, to chill the airport’s cooling system in the summer. Such a
Modern Wood Burning Pellet Stoves
With high energy prices and constant talks of economic recession, wood stoves are back in vogue in many parts of the world where wood can be had cheaply. But they have downsides, especially if we're talking about old
Winter is coming and already the predictions are that we're about to face a long harsh one. This past winter in Portland (my first) I'm told was unseasonably long. It was pretty brutal, both cold and wet.
I made a New Year's Resolution to never drive alone downtown all winter but to use my bike no matter what the weather. I already broke it last week when I had to carry books to a class that I teach at Ryerson University, but even though we had a foot
For bicycle commuters, keeping our prized steed safe and sound is always a key concern, but the holidays present two unique challenges: bad weather, and an increased crime rate. Two years ago today, I learned the hard way that though cyclists are on
Snow is probably not the first thing on many readers minds right now (though way down here, some is forecast for the mountains this weekend). But no matter. For the makers of the Ktrak say this rear track drive bicycle is equally at home in sand, as
According to an article recently published in Geophysical Research Letters, the last fall/winter season was Europe's warmest in 700 years. In fact, the last time Europeans witnessed such unusually high temperatures was in 1289.
A Salon article says: "Recently, the ski industry has gotten fired up about global warming. But as resorts continue to carve new runs through the forests, the industry's green image is looking like a snow job." It then looks at even the greenest of the
Earlier this year, when air conditioners dominated interior climate control, we introduced the Energy Star @ home interactive tool to help increase the energy efficiency and reduce the energy costs in your home. Now that radiators, heaters and