Indeed they still are. They started out perhaps with noble goals. But, like Missouri guerrillas in the Civil War, as the best of them were killed, or otherwise left the effort, many of the remainder became little more than thieves and murderers, who matched atrocities with their northern equivalents. The FARC learned there was money in drugs. Human nature has not changed since the dawn of time.
"Getting building energy performance right is essential for net zero – part I
Buildings are the second largest contributor to UK emissions at just under 20% of the total. There are two elements to the energy performance of buildings: energy is used in the running of the building, primarily heating and lighting, and energy is used by the occupants for daily living such as cooking, refrigeration of food, laundry, dishwashing and so on.
I will explore both of these in a series of three blogs, this first one looking at the factors driving the energy use of buildings, and in particular the use of the Energy Performance Certificate. The second will look at issues surrounding measurement and the selection of energy efficiency measures, while the third will look at the energy use of building occupants. (Of course the issues of buildings and occupants cannot be entirely divorced in so far as occupants decide their preferred levels of heating, whether to turn lights off in empty rooms and so on, but there are fundamental properties of buildings which dictate their minimum energy consumption while occupied.)
In the recent energy white paper, the Government set out its plans for a new Future Homes Standard that will ensure that all new-build homes are “zero carbon ready”. New-build homes will be required to be fitted with low-carbon heating, and high levels of energy efficiency. These homes will have carbon emissions that are 75–80% lower than those built to current standards.
It is the second part of this aspiration, around the desire for higher energy efficiency, that is the focus of this post."
"As one Keele study participant pointed out, consumers are unlikely to chose their evening meal based on the energy required to prepare it, and this may apply to a large proportion of what might be termed “discretionary” consumption (ie beyond what is needed to heat the property, keep food refrigerated etc). Streaming box-sets on Netflix uses more electricity at the point of use than reading a book but that does not mean that people will stop streaming and start visiting libraries instead.
This all suggests that major lifestyle changes may be required in order to significantly reduce household energy use."
Last Edit: May 16, 2021 18:59:32 GMT by nautonnier
"The rules are simple: They lie to us. We know they are lying. They know we know they are lying, but they keep lying to us and we keep pretending to believe them."
"That's not very Captain America! Marvel actor Anthony Mackie recalls 'horrifying' pigeon attack in Sydney which left him terrified to ever return to Australia
But on Monday, actor Anthony Mackie sounded anything like his superhero character as he recalled a 'horrifying' incident in Sydney which has left him terrified to return to Australia again. Speaking to Brooke Boney on the Today show, Anthony, 42, said he was once attacked by a swarm of pigeons during a day out at the Sydney Opera House."