Shoule We Be More Optimistic About Climate Change?

Shoule We Be More Optimistic About Climate Change?

There are two stories about climate change. The first is the one you hear the most; that if we don’t dramatically curb greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, there will be dire consequences to our health and way of life. The second story is about optimism. It’s about how innovations large and small are helping us to mitigate these dangers and transform our economy and our lives.

Both stories are true. But the second one is rarely told. It’s also the reason why we believe that reining in climate change is possible. As doctors and entrepreneurs, we have witnessed the extraordinary capacity that people have to surmount challenges and maintain hope in the most difficult circumstances. Alice is the former Executive Director of Doctors for America and has practiced medicine in California and Washington, DC. Vivek, before serving as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, co-founded a clinical trial optimization company and two organizations focused on improving health in India. From health care’s frontlines, we’ve witnessed the catastrophic costs of climate change, and have seen the public and private sectors– to varying degrees– respond. It is why we are both increasingly worried, and increasingly optimistic. And why we want you to be, too.

Diagnosis: Climate Change

When we think about the major health challenges facing the world, we tend to think about mental illness, violence, malnutrition, and chronic illnesses like heart and lung diseases. Read the full article at

Comments by Ralph: Great article about climate change and a must-read if you have any doubts about ti being real as well as what we can do about it.  Every little bit helps and by working together we can win the war against climate change. 

How LED Lights are Revolutionizing Our Homes, Neighborhoods, and Roads

How LED Lights are Revolutionizing Our Homes, Neighborhoods, and Roads

Source: WBUR News    Date: 6.29.19

By: Francesca Paris produced this interview and edited it for broadcast with Kathleen McKenna. Serena McMahon adapted it for the web. 

When you are purchasing lighting these days and you choose LED,  the reasons might be energy savings, longer life, environmental, or even because that is what is on the shelf.  It’s definitely caused a revolution; however, many are just starting to see the many benefits beyond the most obvious. The below article and interview summary have some good additional reasons ….

We are in the midst of a lighting revolution.

The past decade has seen LED light usage soar in the U.S. as traditional incandescent bulbs went into the trash bin.

In 2010, incandescents were 68% of the bulbs installed in U.S. homes. By 2016, that number had declined to 6%.

That change has shaken up the industry in a good way. Mark Rea, professor at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that the benefits of LED lights “really make it kind of a slam dunk for a transformation in the way light sources are sold.”

He says those benefits include how many lumens per watt LED lights provide, long-lasting capabilities, ease of control, their glow and the ability to have multiple color options.

Interview Highlights

On the benefits of LED lights

“I think there are two touted benefits. One is how many lumens per watt you get out of it. So an incandescent lamp might be 12 to 15 lumens per watt, and depending on the LED you might get 100 lumens per watt. So that’s a big jump. And the other is longer life. That depends on the application, but generally speaking incandescent lamp might last, say, six months in your home. These can last up to 10 years. So those are really big differences but there are other benefits that people don’t talk so much about. They’re easy to control. So you can do some fancy stuff with them whether you put them on a bridge or you want to have a disco. There’s no filtering that you have to do. It will directly emit the wavelengths you want so you can have a red one or a blue one or a white one.”

On LED lights’ effects on the lighting industry

“People hate change. That’s the first thing. I don’t think anybody anticipated what a disruptive technology [this] was really going to be. For 100 years, we’ve had just a handful of major manufacturers and they pretty well set the standards [and] the policy. And the reason was it was very expensive to try to be in that business. It took a huge capital expense that no one wanted to commit to, to say produce fluorescent lamps or incandescent lamps. With LEDs, they’re cheap and anybody can be a lighting manufacturer now. So it’s really brought down … these major players that really set the tone for ….read more at

Game of Thrones Cinematographer Defends Episode 3’s Dark Battle Scenes, Blames Fans’ TV Settings

Game of Thrones Cinematographer Defends Episode 3’s Dark Battle Scenes, Blames Fans’ TV Settings

Source: TV Line  By  / 

Were you squinting to see what was happening during Game of Thrones‘ Battle of Winterfell? The episode’s cinematographer says you might just need to adjust your TV set.

Many fans complained that certain scenes in Sunday’s climactic episode of Throneswere too dark to make out, but the director of photography Fabian Wagner, who shot “The Long Night,” lays the blame instead on fans’ TV settings. “A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” Wagner told Wired UK. “A lot of people also, unfortunately, watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.”

Even the room a viewer watches it can have an impact on the visuals, Wagner adds: “Game of Thrones is a cinematic show, and therefore you have to watch it like you’re at a cinema: in a darkened room… if you watch a night scene in a brightly lit room, then that won’t help you see the image properly.”

Besides, the episode’s murky visual palette was a conscious choice…..Read more at

Comments from RG:  if you like me, were one of the 17 plus million viewers, of Episode 3 last week, it did not disappoint. Good explanation on the lighting ….Maybe a little dim sometimes but suspenseful every second. Can’t wait until tonight. 

Ways to finance deep energy retrofits from around the world

Ways to finance deep energy retrofits from around the world

Source: The Fifth Estate     By David Thorpe  March 2019

(Article condensed and this is partial section; see link for full article below)

It’s not possible for the world to just “fuel switch our way out of global climate disruption” according to one construction industry observer. We have to invest significantly in making buildings energy efficient at a rate much greater than we do now.

But as anyone in this game knows, the financial returns on investing in eco-retrofitting buildings are hard to capture. That isn’t stopping people from trying, with Great Britain, the USA, and Canada taking very different route

Utilities are financing retrofits in the USA

As might be expected, in the USA it’s left to the private sector utilities to find ways of funding energy retrofits. You might wonder why they would want to, but it’s often cheaper for them to do this than invest in new generation plant.

As a result, utilities across the US spent $7.9 billion (AU$11.4 billion) on energy efficiency programs in 2017. Investments specifically targeted at affordable multifamily buildings have grown significantly in recent years.

Non-profit affordable housing providers who are members of Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future received an average of $750/unit (AU$1057) in utility incentives and consequent annual utility bill savings exceeding $125/unit (AU$176) at participating properties. But there remains an estimated $16 billion (AU$22.55 billion) savings potential in the sector. 

That’s partly because of the many barriers that exist. Occupants of these houses have limited time or capability to participate in these programs and while industry players have done their best to make it as easy as possible, there is a way to go.

These energy efficiency upgrades fall into three main categories: 

  1. whole building retrofits
  2. direct installation of efficient appliances, and 
  3. prescriptive and custom incentives, or product rebates.

California’s Low-Income Weatherization Program is one example. Others are the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Multifamily Performance Program and CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy’s Multifamily Building Efficiency Program in Minnesota.

In Pennsylvania, the PECO Smart Multifamily Solutions Program offers building owners direct installation measures for lighting and water efficiency measures in common areas and units, at the same time assessing properties for potential energy savings.

Prescriptive programs offer financial contributions for standard energy efficiency projects like HVAC or lighting upgrades. 

Others offer custom financial incentives for more complex projects. Examples of these are the Consumers Energy Multifamily Program in Michigan and the ComEd Low-Income Multifamily Program in Illinois, where owners can improve their HVAC systems and install efficient light bulbs or appliances or apply for incentives to save money on other upgrades.

These programs have shown that several barriers can be overcome if tackled the right way

These ways are:

  1. Free or highly subsidised measures address one of the biggest barriers to efficiency in rental properties — the split incentive.
  1. Whole-building incentives based on energy savings thresholds encourage deeper retrofits and help owners make more cost-effective investments and benefit from greater bill savings.
  1. One-stop-shops or technical assistance overcome the problem of residents’ low capacity to manage retrofits by offering a single point of contact for everything.
  1. Programs targeting multifamily-specific issues such as common areas and measures or metering make it much easier to get people on board.

Read more and the full article at

Comments by RG:  Interesting read about how energy upgrades are financed in different areas. Here in the USA the Utilities play a major role. Contact me here on my site for help and to discuss the help available to you.





GREEN CREATIVE releases miniFIT Gimbal, a 1” and 2” adjustable aiming mini downlight

GREEN CREATIVE releases miniFIT Gimbal, a 1” and 2” adjustable aiming mini downlight


GREEN CREATIVE proudly announces the launch of the 1” and 2” miniFIT Gimbal luminaires.

San Bruno, CA, United States (PRUnderground) March 27th, 2019

MiniFIT gimbals offer up to 600 lumens in a compact form factor.  In addition, the fixture’s easily adjustable nature allows for them to be installed in any orientation in the ceiling to graze textured walls, highlight artwork, or emphasize architectural features” said Chad McSpadden, product Manager at GREEN CREATIVE.

The gimbals come with a 38° beam acrylic optic, producing a consistent, precise beam of light. They rotate 360° and tilt up to 30°, giving you the ability to get the right light in the right place! These features make it the ideal companion for any residential, retail and hospitality applications.

The luminaires come in 90 CRI minimum, last 50,000 hours and come in 2700K, 3000K, and 4000K CCT. MiniFIT Gimbals are ENERGY STAR certified, JA8 compliant, as well as IC and Air-tight rated.

These products are available through GREEN CREATIVE distributors and are ready to ship from the company’s west, central and east coast distribution centersDetailed information and data sheets for the 1” and 2” miniFIT Gimbals are available.

Comments by RG:  if your looking for a recessed, round compact light source with lots of flexibility, great color, and high efficiency these fixtures may be great for you. Contact me here on my website if you want to consider these for your next lighting project.