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Friday Link Roundup: Ice Dams, Wind and Sad News for Minneapolis

28 January 2011

Anyone who has lived in a snowy climate has seen ice dams. Thick bands of ice form along the eaves of houses, causing millions of dollars of structural damage every year. Water-stained ceilings, dislodged roof shingles, sagging gutters, peeling paint, and damaged plaster—all are the familiar results of ice dams.

There are many ways to treat the symptoms, but proper air sealing, insulation, and attic venting are the best way to eliminate the problem.

What Causes Ice Dams? – Home Energy Saver

Linda Taylor, a colleague at Fresh Energy, makes a good point in her comment on yesterday’s post about wind capacity rankings. Ranking states on installed capacity alone doesn’t make sense, she argues, because you’re comparing big states (in terms of both area and population) like California and Texas to smaller states, like Iowa.

Rethinking Wind Rankings – Midwest Energy News

Minnesota is known as ‘The Land of 10,000 Lakes’ and we have an overabundance of green spaces and bike paths too, but a new study finds that Minneapolis is one of the most polluting cities in the world.

Study: Minneapolis Is One Of The Most Polluting Cities – CBS Minneapolis

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