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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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Watt Stopper Sensors and Daylighting Controls Slash Energy Usage

June 1, 2010
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Watt Stopper’s PW-100D passive infrared (PIR) dimmable wall switch sensor.
It seems like every other day I hear on the news that changing your light bulbs could save the world.  True.   But, how about making it simpler?  Let’s change the mantra to turn off your lights when you leave a room.  You know what I [...]

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The Top 10 Reasons to Install a Metal Roof in 2010

May 24, 2010
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Welcome guest poster, Marcy Tate.
Metal roofing is one of the greenest roofing choices available in the US.
Metal roofing is becoming more popular as more homeowners realize the amazing energy-saving benefits they can provide. Additionally, metal roofing is more accessible than it used to be as more homeowners are demanding this eco-friendly roofing choice.

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Solar Windows by Pythagoras Solar Seek to Achieve Net Zero Buildings

May 19, 2010
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Anna, another solar post?   I am sorry.  Solar is just so sexy I can’t stand it.  And when you drape it all over a tall skyscraper  well, let’s just say, it makes me feel all tingly. So, what makes Pythagoras Solar so amazing cool? Watch the above video and see why this innovative window [...]

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Green Links for May 16, 2010 from Smart Grid to Children’s Tylenol recall

May 16, 2010
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Lots of good green stuff in the mailbox this week ranging from five green energy myths with a dash of Children’s Tylenol recalls and a sprinkle of what is the Smart Grid anyways? Oh, don’t forget to read the BottleHood’s creative way to reuse wine bottles.  Lots more where that came from.  So, [...]

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How To Choose a Solar Installer

May 5, 2010
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This article is Part II of a series by Mark Yarbough, providing sage advice about picking the right company if you decide to install solar on your buildings.  See Part I, “Competence:  the Next Phase of Solar .” He  is a member of the City Council of Perris, California. He is [...]

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Competence: The Next Phase of Solar.

May 3, 2010
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Welcome guest poster, Mark Yarbough, providing sage advice about picking the right company if you decide to install solar on your buildings.    He  is a member of the City Council of Perris, California. He is also the owner of a Volvo repair shop. His city went solar two years ago [...]

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Garden Atriums: A Sustainable Living Green House

April 28, 2010
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What are you first thoughts when you see the picture above? These people are standing in the middle of a Greenhouse? Well. Close. The picture is of sustainable architect and author Stuart Rose, Ph.D., green designer and developer and his wife, Trina Duncan, in their own home.  He is the designer of Garden Atriums.
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Have an Earth Day Staycation on Green Talk

April 21, 2010
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Do you have Earth Day overload?  I do.  In my email box, I must have hundreds of requests to write about so and so’s green product or promote this or that agenda since the Earth needs us.  After awhile all of the requests seem the same.
So, here on Green Talk, I am taking the laid [...]

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Outlet and Light Switches Suck Your Money Right Out the Window

April 20, 2010
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Have you ever notice how cold your outlet or switch covers are in the winter?  This winter was extremely cold in the northeast.  Periodically, I would go around and see if air was emanating from the outlet.   Sure enough, the outlets were cold as ice.
Despite the fact my house is an Energy Star house, [...]

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Green News for April 4 , 2010, Ford Motor, Facebook Green, Fake Energy Star Approvals

April 4, 2010
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I don’t know what got into everyone this week, but my email box was jammed with interesting green news.  Is it Spring?  New clothes?  Lost Weight?  New Love Interest?   A recent Hook-up?  Heck, I have no idea, but get a cup of Joe, tea or tap water (forget the bottle [...]

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Shackleton's whisky stash yields more than expected

Master blender expects the hundred-year-old Scotch to be heavier and smokier than today's whisky.

Sir Ernest Shackleton left behind two cases of Scotch whisky after a failed attempt at the South Pole. (Emily Stone/GlobalPost)Enlarge Photo

Preservationist Al Fastier spent three long, cold days laying on his stomach in Antarctica earlier this month, chipping away at ice that had accumulated under the 102-year-old hut built by Sir Ernest Shackleton. His goal was to retrieve two crates of whisky that the famed polar explorer brought down with him — and then abandoned — after his unsuccessful 1908 expedition to the South Pole.

After getting the two crates out, Fastier and the archeologist working with him peered through the wall of ice that remained and saw another box. They kept chipping away with drills and hand tools, and soon two more crates appeared. In all, they recovered three cases of Charles Mackinlay & Co. whisky and one of brandy, as well as one crate of brandy labeled Hunter Valley Distillery Limited Allandale. He could hear liquid sloshing in the crates and peeked into one box with a missing board and saw a bottle with an intact cork inside.

“It was a fantastic outcome,” Fastier said Saturday from Scott Base, New Zealand’s Antarctic station. He’s program manager with Antarctic Heritage Trust, the New Zealand nonprofit charged with conserving the building.

The first two crates were discovered four years ago when Fastier and his team cleared out a century’s worth of ice under the hut because it was damaging the fragile structure. The boxes were frozen to the porous rock in the foot and a half of space beneath the hut and couldn’t be safely removed without the specialized drills the group brought this time.

Perhaps no one was more excited to learn of the bottles’ safe retrieval than Richard Paterson, master blender at Whyte & Mackay, the Glasgow company that now owns Mackinlay.

“Absolutely fantastic, unbelievable,” Paterson said of the news. He’s been lobbying since the crates’ original discovery to get several bottles of the whisky — or at the very least some samples — so he can learn what a Mackinlay from that era tasted like. Company records show it was a 10-year-old blend. He expects it to be heavier and smokier than today’s Scotch.

If he gets a sample, Paterson is considering issuing a recreation of the Shackleton whisky. The company recipes have long since disappeared, he said, so these bottles may be the only way to discover what that vintage Mackinlay tasted like. If the corks have remained intact, whisky experts agree that the spirit should taste much as it did when bottled.

Obviously, the fact that the whisky has been entombed in Antarctic ice and belonged to Shackleton make this a more exciting discovery than just any old 19th century booze.

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