World Environment Day kicks off in Manila with startup of largest rooftop PV array in Philippines, atop Asian Development Bank. Illustrates challenge of this technology. Said to provide 613 megawatt/hours per year. About equivalent of 250 Philippine homes, or 25 American homes. Dr Zhengrong Shi of Suntech in the house.
Fine @stevemouzon post: [E]nergy costs may render high-rise buildings unusable. Cross-ventilation, daylighting, elevators & thermal mass are all difficult to impossible to achieve as these buildings are currently constructed, so without cheap fossil fuels, these buildings just might become uninhabitable. This article is a follow-up to Richard Florida’s Friday night plenary and Léon Krier’s Saturday morning plenary at CNU20 in West Palm Beach. Read the rest.
"Let us draw a lesson from nature, which always works by short ways. When the fruit is ripe, it falls. When the fruit is despatched, the leaf falls. The circuit of the waters is mere falling. The walking of man and all animals is a falling forward.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841
The human trick in this century is to foster practices and policies that result in us FALLING FORWARD without falling down. Visit Dot Earth and join the journey.