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Endocrine Disrupters and Intersex Fish

Endocrine Disrupters and Intersex Fish

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Fish gender is far from straightforward. There are male fish, there are female fish, there are hermaphroditic fish, and then there are intersex fish—whose gender is altered by environmental influences.

In 2003 scientists first observed a concerning condition in which male fish had developed female eggs within their testes—a type of  … Read More

The Air Up There

The Air Up There

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There may be no other state as dedicated to air quality as the state of California. Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that requires a 40% reduction in methane levels by the year 2030. The state is also trying to reduce greenhouse gas to 1990 levels by 2020.

These ambitions  … Read More

Child Prodigies En Masse

Child Prodigies En Masse

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Have you ever seen ten year olds taking a golf lesson? So many of them are quick to develop a beautiful, fluid, picture-perfect swing. Try to each an adult that same swing, and it could take years, if it ever happens at all.

I know a few people who grew up  … Read More

Bill Gates: His Energy Footprints Go Far Beyond DOS

Bill Gates: His Energy Footprints Go Far Beyond DOS

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I know it might not be politically correct in a profession overrun with Apple lovers, but I am a rock-ribbed Bill Gates fan. This is partially because I was a PC person from the DOS days of BASICA and Word 1, but today I find it is his approach to  … Read More

Eleven Times Bigger Than Central Park

Eleven Times Bigger Than Central Park

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It’s been done in a lot of other places, but Dallas is doing it bigger than anyone else: turning a floodplain into an urban park. The 10,000-acre park—actually a series of them—along the Trinity River will be part of a nature preserve containing green spaces and other public amenities like  … Read More

All Fall Down

All Fall Down

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We wanted rain, and we’ve got rain. Along with flooding in some parts of California, though, the rain has brought other unexpected consequences. Our trees are falling over.

As reported here, the drought has killed more than a hundred million trees throughout the state and has weakened many more; officials estimate  … Read More

Pulling the Plug on Idle Energy Consumption

Pulling the Plug on Idle Energy Consumption

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What’s the energy difference between on and off? Not much, it seems, when it comes to electrical device power consumption. About 50 appliances in the typical American household are always drawing significant amounts of power, even when they appear to be off, Alan Meier of the Department of Energy’s Berkeley  … Read More

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Business Energy magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Business Energy  … Read More

“Alexa, Use Stored Energy to Run My Bedroom Lighting, Please”

“Alexa, Use Stored Energy to Run My Bedroom Lighting, Please”

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As those of you who attended the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show last week know, the runaway favorite this year was Alexa Voice Service (AVS), Amazon Echo’s software that allows users to control compatible devices by voice, a conclusion aptly demonstrated by the avalanche of Alexa-controllable products that sprang up at  … Read More

MSW—Reader Favorites

MSW—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Stormwater – Reader Favorites

Stormwater – Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Stormwater magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, email click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Stormwater content.  … Read More

Mend the Roof While the Sun Is Shining

Mend the Roof While the Sun Is Shining

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For quite a few years now, and especially since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, communities along the East Coast of the US have been preparing for the ever-larger storms that we’re told we can expect. Many attribute the coming increase in the size and frequency of hurricanes to climate change, but  … Read More

Want to Avoid Your Commute Traffic? How About a Personal Helicopter?

Want to Avoid Your Commute Traffic? How About a Personal Helicopter?

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As anyone who has contemplated getting a helicopter rating knows, FAA’s requirements are somewhere between ridiculous and sublime.

With no rating at all it will take you close to 45 hours of dual instruction and 20 hours of solo practice flights before you are ready for your checkride. Even if you  … Read More

Industry Announcements

Industry Announcements

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Read the latest industry news in the field of energy management and controls, efficient lighting and HVAC systems, retrofits and upgrades, onsite power generation (both prime and standby), renewables, and energy storage.  … Read More

Energy Storage Solutions – Reader Favorites

Energy Storage Solutions – Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs and Reader Favorite articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, email click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Erosion Control magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Erosion Control  … Read More

GX—Reader Favorites

GX—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Water Efficiency magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

The Costs and Benefits of Anaerobic Digesters

The Costs and Benefits of Anaerobic Digesters

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Anaerobic digesters are a mature, proven technology. They take sludge, manure, and other organic waste materials and produce methane (natural gas) fuel. Nobody questions their technological capabilities. However, the question remains as to their economic benefits. In terms of dollars and cents, how much economic sense do anaerobic digesters make?  … Read More

Microturbine Manufacturers Outline the Benefits of Distributed Energy

Microturbine Manufacturers Outline the Benefits of Distributed Energy

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In the world of innovative power technology, turbines hold a unique position. They offer power solutions from as low as 250 kW, to hundreds of megawatts, and unlike reciprocal engines with hundreds of moving parts, a turbine is basically designed with one spinning shaft and a minimal parts count. Also,  … Read More

Data Is the Missing Link in Municipal Waste Management

Data Is the Missing Link in Municipal Waste Management

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Today’s on-demand culture places pressure on businesses to deliver better services in less time, and for fewer dollars. While this is nothing new to the private sector, increasingly public services are being asked to do the same. Governments are responding by developing smart solutions that integrate  … Read More

Landfill Closure Erosion Control

Landfill Closure Erosion Control

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Capping and closing a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill can be a civil engineering challenge. The goal is to eliminate any need for further erosion control work on the site to ensure that the landfill keeps its structural integrity. True, landfill owners are required to adhere to EPA’s post-closure rules  … Read More

Motor Graders: Machine Control, Telematics, and GPS

Motor Graders: Machine Control, Telematics, and GPS

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When you look around a job site at a group of equipment operators, usually it’s pretty easy to pick out the people who drive the motor graders … they’re the guys with the salt-and-pepper hair. Why? Because their machine requires more experience and finesse than most anything else on the  … Read More

Energy Performance Contracting

Energy Performance Contracting

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Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the  July-August 2015 issue of Business Energy.

Energy efficiency is an integral part of sustainable energy strategies. Implementing a comprehensive energy efficiency reference project that pays for itself through the resulting energy savings can be a complex undertaking.

The idea of an energy savings business  … Read More

Stream Buffers 101

Stream Buffers 101

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Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of ­devel­opment, con­struction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality. The riparian vegetation stabilizes stream channels, provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, slows runoff rates, reduces runoff volume, and filters development runoff.  … Read More

How to Spec a Trash Truck for Longer Life and Productivity

How to Spec a Trash Truck for Longer Life and Productivity

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The cost and the complexity of collection trucks continue to increase. With deteriorating road conditions and higher pressure for performance, budget is no longer the only significant factor in a hauler’s purchase decision. Meeting the demands of an industry known for operating in the most severe conditions, a truck must  … Read More

Consumer Mistrust Is the Message in the Bottle

Consumer Mistrust Is the Message in the Bottle

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For the first time ever, sales of bottled water exceeded soda in 2016, with a total of 49.4 billion bottles sold in the US. According to the New York Times, that means that Americans drank almost 12 billion gallons of bottled water last year, or more than 36 gallons per  … Read More

The Lesson From a Message in a Bottle

The Lesson From a Message in a Bottle

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There is a substantial amount of uncertainty with a new White House administration coming in with new Cabinet leaders bringing with them policy views and goals that could be vastly different (and in some cases, in opposition to) those of the outgoing administration. The outgoing administrator of the Environmental Protection  … Read More



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