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Energy Efficiency and the Rebound Effect - 0311_jevons

A bit of a buzz is making its way through media circles in response to some recent thought-provoking articles on the old principle called the Jevons Paradox, which says that as machines become more efficient and use less energy, society responds by growing and using even more energy.

William Stanley Jevons came up with the theory in the 1860s in Britain, looking at how efficient technology resulted in higher consumption of fuel. Modern terms for this idea include “rebound,” which refers to any increases in energy use that diminish the benefits of using those more...

Appalachia Journal

I have learned not to get lost on foot in the woods, but I have never mastered route finding in a car. Road maps never print enough detail; when reality presents unexpected streets and signs, I can’t reconcile them with my broad-brush concept of the route. Sundown strains my sense of direction. The result is something like what happened last January 29.

I was on my way to pick up Jonathan Waterman, a climber, writer, and photographer, who has navigated alone on crevasse-covered snowfields in Alaska—who, when packing for one of his Arctic trips, had to decide if he needed...

The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media
Deepwater Oil Drilling: Not That New - Yale Climate_Cleveland_photo

Until BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in April and continuing oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, many in the news media covered deepwater oil exploration with a sort of awe. The practice, after all, is relatively new — most projects date back to just the 1990s, and a Gulf boom is only a decade old — and only a few companies know how to drill a mile or more below the ocean surface.

Deepwater drilling as a practice and its future clearly deserve more critical attention now, according to Cutler J. Cleveland, a professor at Boston University who directs its...

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