So you have decided to add some solar panels to you home and you know you need to look at all your options to help you decide how big of a system you need. You are probably already familiar with a few of the different factors that must be considered before your first purchase.
Here we are again at the very beginning of the spring planting season. If you live down in the southern part of the US chances are you are already gearing up for planting since you have that wondrously long growing season. Up here in the Midwest we do not quite enjoy that luck so we are still dreaming of the spring planting and the only thing we can do is start our seedlings.
So with that in mind now is the time to start your own seedlings indoors so that they will be large enough for transplanting when it is finally warm enough. In reality you need to start very few types of plants indoors and that is only because they need a longer growing season than can be provided.
I will typically only start tomatoes, peppers and watermelons indoors and will instead direct seed the rest when the weather allows. You can also use season extension techniques like low tunnels or hoop houses to protect and encourage new growth earlier.
It is very tempting to jump the gun when it comes to new planting especially if you have unseasonable warm weather but make to pay attention to the local last frost dates and if you want to plant earlier seriously consider using low tunnel hoop house to protect against those surprise frosts.
So as I was perusing the internet reading up on a variety of topics i came across the following study and informational map done by Yale University. It is all about the the perceived perceptions of what the American people believe is happening concerning climate change. It also covers how average folks feel about some of the commonly floated ideas for addressing the climate change issues like,
According to this study 70% of people surveyed agreed that climate change is happening but only 53% of those same people believe that it is human caused. This is despite the overwhelming evidence that we are indeed responsible. Now we don't yet know what the full impacts of climate change will be but what we do know is that civilization as we know it has grown up under climate that has been stable for essentially the last 10,000 years. Now we are undergoing a period of rapid change that seems to be coming with more extreme storms, longer droughts and more unpredictability in general.
Whether you believe humans are the cause of climate change or not is fast becoming a moot point. We will have to deal with it sooner or later. I just hope that when the time comes we will be able to deal with it and not collapse under the weight of our own folly and arrogance.
Yale Climate Opinion Map
Hello my name is Josh Larson and I am the creator of the Green Living Library. Here on the blog you will find updates to content found in the Green Living Library as well as stories from those living the sustainable life already.