[MCN] How the Wall Street Journal has covered affordable housing

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Sun Oct 23 16:18:50 EDT 2016

Wall Street Journal  May 6, 2016
Affordable Starter Homes Prove Increasingly Elusive

Excerpt: "Five years into the housing recovery, one crucial segment 
of single-family construction has yet to materialize: starter homes."

Wall Street Journal APRIL 27, 2009
The Green House of the Future

We asked architects to draw up plans for the most energy-efficient 
houses they could imagine. They imagined quite a bit.


What will the energy-efficient house of the future look like?

A fresh look may be long overdue, given the amount of damage that 
homes can do to the environment.

But the most important order for Mr. Mouzon is to make the house 
compact. "The smaller thing you can create, the more sustainable it 

Parmesan, Camille. "Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Recent 
Climate Change."
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and  Systematics.  2006.  37: 637-69

"Climate change is not a new topic in biology. The study of 
biological impacts of climate change has a rich history in the 
scientific literature, since long before there were political 
ramifications   ..... Observations of range shifts in parallel with 
climate change ... date back to the mid-1700s."

"A surprising result is the high proportion of species responding to 
recent, relatively mild climate change (global average warming of 
0.6C). The proportion of wild species impacted by climate change was 
estimated at 41% of all species (655 of 1598)."

Wilfried Thuiller. "Climate change and the ecologist."
Nature 2 August 2007

"Which ecosystems are we talking about?
All of them, but climate change will affect them in different ways."

"What responses to climate change are actually documented?
In the Northern Hemisphere, the range of terrestrial plants and 
animals has shifted, on average, 6.1 km per decade northward or 6.1 m 
per decade upwards, with advance of seasonal phenomena by 2.3-5.1 
days per decade over the past 50 years. These changes are 
significantly correlated with measured changes in temperature and 
precipitation. The relationships are correlative in essence, but are 
too robust, numerous and consistent to be random or to have arisen 
from other factors (such as natural climatic variability or land-use 
change). Similarly, the remarkable increase in the plant diversity of 
some high-elevation peaks in Switzerland over the past 100 years, 
owing to the upward shift of species that traditionally inhabited 
lower elevations, can be attributed to changed climate regimes."

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