Posts Tagged "“Home energy use” Blackouts “Heat wave” “Plasma TVs”"

California Global Warming Solutions Act passes

California has committed to bringing its greenhouse gas emissions down to 1990 levels by the year 2020, a 25% cut from today's levels. California is the world's sixth largest economy and creates 2% of greenhouse gas emissions. More importantly, California frequently acts as a bellwhether for the rest of the United States on environmental issues. The bill was the subject… read more →

Public health alert: watching TV can lead to blackouts

The cause of the blackouts that swept America during the recent heatwave seems obvious. Demand for electricity soars when roasting residents crank their air conditioners, stretching the grid beyond capacity. But at least in Los Angeles, residents can also blame their TVs. Keep in mind that heatwaves aren't entirely unpredictable events. Utilities know they're going to get hit with a… read more →