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How America’s dirtiest city in 1969 became one of the greenest

Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2016

One of America’s dirtiest cities has completely altered its legacy as one of the country’s greenest. Over the last few decades, Chattanooga, Tennessee has been transformed from a smog-filled city named America’s dirtiest in 1969 to a clean livable community. A pioneer in green urban policy, the Chattanooga city government has …

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Solar + Storage for Resilience

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

There are over 6,000 photovoltaic systems installed on homes and businesses throughout San Francisco that will, for safety reasons, stop generating power when grid power is lost during an earthquake or storm event. Matter of Trust is the fiscal sponsor for a project by the San Francisco Department of the …

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The Fate of Pharmaceutical Compounds in Thermophilic Compost

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

The goal of this project is to establish a Bay Area resource for evaluating the effectiveness of composting on the decay of pharmaceutical and other potentially toxic organic compounds, and facilitate the widespread use of compost as a safe solution to the greenhouse gas crisis. Matter of Trust is the …

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New Carbon Capture Will Use Pulp and Paper Emissions to Grow Vegetables

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

A Canadian carbon capture technology firm announced a new project that will trap carbon dioxide emissions from a pulp and paper plant and transfer them to a nearby greenhouse. CO2 Solutions, based in Quebec, says the CAD$7.4 million (US$5.8 million) project will prevent up to 30 tons of carbon emissions from being …

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Aquatic Ferns May Have Cleansing Properties To Absorb Oil While Repelling Water

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Scientists in Germany are exploring how aquatic plants can help clean up oil spills and there appears to be some potential in water plants. The team of researchers, who published their findings in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, looked at a wide array of water plants. They found four species …

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Stanford Develops Chiclet-Sized Device That Purifies Water Using Sunlight

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

A tiny black tablet could prove to be a very big deal from impoverished countries to the Pacific Crest Trail. Researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have developed a tiny, Chiclet-sized device that uses solar energy to disinfect water. . Unlike boiling a pot of water which requires fuel or purifying water with …

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Revolutionary ‘sea fence’ promises tidal power price crash

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

A new design of tidal power turbines will generate power at a third the price of current technologies, write Alex Kirby & Oliver Tickell, even at a lower price than offshore wind – without endangering marine life. A British company has announced plans for an array of unique marine turbines …

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16-year-old South African girl invents drought-fighting super material from orange peels

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016

In the midst of South Africa’s worst drought in recorded history, one Johannesburg schoolgirl has created a super absorbent polymer that could change the way crops are grown. The polymer is created from simple, readily available recycled materials – orange peel and avocado skin – and it’s capable of storing hundreds …

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California Freeways Will Soon Generate Electricity

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016

A new statewide initiative means they could soon be generating some much-needed electricity. The office of L.A.-area Assemblyman Mike Gatto announced recently that the California Energy Commission has agreed to fund multiple piezoelectric pilot projects in the Golden State. According to a state energy commission report, “Piezoelectric crystals give an electrical discharge when mechanically …

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Years of Living Dangerously

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

This Emmy-winning series follows celebrity correspondents around the world, to witness first-hand the effects of climate change on our planet and to learn how we can save it for future generations. New Season premieres Sunday, Oct. 30, on Nat Geo.

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