Category: Technology

Going Electric

Going Electric

Not all of us can, like the royal couple at their wedding last May, drive a vintage Jaguar modified to be all-electric. Even most Teslas remain beyond reach. Yet while 1 percent of Americans...

Pointless Pollution, Maddening Noise

Pointless Pollution, Maddening Noise

It’s a gorgeous summer morning, fragrant with the scents of lilac and abelia, but my office windows are shut. A swarm of leaf blowers has descended just down the road, generating plumes of dust...

A New Utility Model

A New Utility Model

There’s a growing gap between what Maine’s ratepayers want and what they’re getting from the state’s dominant electric utility, Central Maine Power (CMP). The wish list is short: reliable power, low cost and low...

A Climate to Thrive

A Climate to Thrive

Mount Desert Island is a long way from the corridors of power, and what’s happening in Augusta and Washington holds scant promise of fostering a healthier environment or economy. So a growing number of...

Reining in Social Media

Reining in Social Media

Christmas came and went, and my youngest child did not get the one gift he most wanted. Despite his disappointment about not yet owning a smartphone, I don’t feel bad – not after reading...

Slowing Vampire Energy Loss

Slowing Vampire Energy Loss

Halloween is approaching, bringing a night of ghosts and ghouls – or at least bored teenagers bearing shaving-cream. The phantoms on your doorstep may not be real, but indoors you are likely to encounter...

A “Shocking” Regression: Sen. George Mitchell Reflects on the Environment and Politics

A “Shocking” Regression: Sen. George Mitchell Reflects on the Environment and Politics

A “low point for the American environment,” a “dark and difficult time,” a period when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was in “chaos and despair.” Those could be contemporary descriptors, but they portray the...

Succumbing to Screens: Two-dimensional Living

Succumbing to Screens: Two-dimensional Living

“When our attention is perpetually narrowed onto a small screen, our world shrinks to meet it.” — Nancy Colier, The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World How...