Coming home to the Pleistocene by Paul Shepard

By Paul Shepard

Paul Shepard used to be some of the most profound and unique thinkers of our time. Seminal works just like the gentle Carnivore and the Sacred online game, pondering Animals, and Nature and insanity brought readers to new and provocative principles approximately humanity and its courting to the flora and fauna. all through his lengthy and distinctive occupation, Shepard back many times to his guiding subject, the vital guideline of his proposal: that Read more...

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Together, the solar hot-water panels and high-efficiency water heater cut fossil fuel use in each home, providing significant savings on monthly fuel bills. Each year Centex donates $35 from each home it builds and sells nationwide to The Nature Conservancy to help it save America’s endangered habitats. 3 million. Energy savings in Centex’s 21st Century Performance Home also derive from highly efficient windows, designed to prevent heat from radiating into the house during the summer, and a special type of roof sheathing that incorporates a layer of thin aluminum foil that blocks 97 percent of the sun’s heat during the summer, reducing attic temperatures by as much as 30˚F on the hottest days.

But should this fail, there is an efficient recycling system to ensure that some organism benefits. They are renewed constantly to ensure the continuation of life. Clearly, if what you rely on can be continually replenished and it is harvested at sustainable rates, survival is pretty much assured. It also occurred to me that, unlike humans, natural populations are kept in check by natural mechanisms. Natural checks and balances help create natural restraints on resource demand, and populations live within limits.

Environmental Protection Agency have launched green building programs. Even lending institutions are getting into the act, offering special loans for people who build or buy energy-efficient homes (see chapter 6). Clearly, a powerful “greening” of the building sector is underway in America. But don’t think that the movement is restricted to home construction. Far from it. Many new office buildings, universities, schools, and government buildings are incorporating long lists of green building materials and ideas.

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