For the semi-nomadic sheepherders of rural Turkey, the internet is a way to keep up with news and socialize while on their solitary trips. Because they travel in remote areas, their means of internet access is provided by solar panels carried by a "plug-and-play" donkey! This solar plug-and-play pack costs 2,800 liras with the Turkish government subsidizing half. Image credit: hularescue on twitter … [Read more...]
Hows this for upcycling?
The Neverwas Haul is a self-propelled 3-story Victorian House, made from 75% recycled equipment and materials. It houses collections from its travels around the world - oddities of the Jules Verne era including a Camera Obscura! The Haul measures 24 feet long by 24 feet high and 12 feet wide and is built on the base of a 5 wheel travel trailer. We love to see creative recycling and low impact tiny homes. Wonderful! Image … [Read more...]
Underground reservoir with three times the water of all oceans found 700km deep in Earth’s crust
The image to the left, which shows all the Earth's surface water in one place, gives you an idea of how big this discovery is. Scientists have found, about 700 km deep in the Earth's crust, a reservoir that holds about 3 times the water volume of the ocean. The water is trapped in a type of blue rock called ringwoodite, a "high-pressure polymorph of olivine that is formed at high temperatures and pressures". Picture credit: treehugger.com … [Read more...]
How one grocery store is fighting food waste with ugly produce
According to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 % of food in the U.S. goes uneaten. Getting ugly fruit and veg into grocery stores and onto plates would go a long way to cutting waste. Intermarché, a French grocery store, is sticking up for the ugly produce of the world, with a new marketing campaign and a 30% price reduction. With slogans like “An ugly carrot is a beautiful soup”, we like their style! … [Read more...]
Three ways this year’s Brazil World Cup is going green
The new World Cup stadium Estadio Nacionál Mané Garrincha has 2.5 MW of solar capacity from 1,500 solar panels ringing the roof. All 12 World Cup hosting stadiums will have LEED certification - a 1st in World Cup history! The government in Brazil has begun offsets and has already offset 115,000 tonnes of carbon through 'donations' of offsets from companies that then get to sport a special World Cup 'green seal'. Picture credit: treehugger.com … [Read more...]
Our universe is a living energy universe
One that is a knowing participant in the patterns that make up the complexities of life. Things continually change and evolve in an interactive conversation in which the macrocosm communicates with the microcosm to set the course of direction. Picture credit: "Tadpoles" by Bert Willaert … [Read more...]
Bio-digital, interactive Urban Algae Canopy produces a small forest’s worth of oxygen
London-based Ecologic Studio's latest development is this fascinating Urban Algae Canopy Module, which features bio-digitally activated, micro-algal cultivation that is responsive to various environmental factors. The canopy will change dynamically, thanks to various sensors that will react to environmental variables to control the interior flow of water and carbon dioxide, which act as a growing medium for the algae within. Picture credit: … [Read more...]
Looking for an upcycling project this weekend?
Jenna, Interior Designer at SAS Interiors, shares this tip for upcycling. One of my favorite ways to shop is with a $0 budget. How is that possible? By shopping your home. Take a tour around your house and look for items that you’re tired of. Then with a little creativity, give them a fresh new look. It can be as simple as a coat of spray paint or taking the item and completely changing it’s function. Picture credit: furniteka.com … [Read more...]
Thought your home town was too cloudy for solar panels? Think again!
Solar users in Northwest America are proving that solar panels are a good investment. They have found that summer’s long days and lower energy needs enable them to produce more power than they need. In addition, high heat makes photovoltaic solar panels less efficient, so cool days help solar cells produce more energy. And while overcast skies are not as productive as direct sun they make orientation and pitch of solar panels far less important! … [Read more...]
It’s World Environment Day!
How will you make your voice heard this year for the environment? The call this year is to recognize that we all face the same challenges and are connected and united by our common goal of a sustainable and prosperous life for all on this planet. Whether it is to organize clean up campaigns, food waste reduction initiatives, walk-to-work days, plastic bans, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, recycling drives or social media campaigns … [Read more...]
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