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This low-tech terrarium purifies water like a mini-Amazon rainforest

Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The lack of clean water has become a serious problem worldwide, thanks to industrial contamination, agricultural and urban pollution, and even from seemingly innocuous acts such as washing your synthetic fiber clothes. It’s hard not to contribute to the problem. But might we find viable solutions by emulating processes found in nature? That’s what …

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This robotic “eel” hunts down the source of water pollution

Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Lake Geneva’s latest resident—all four feet of it—is neither man nor beast. Dubbed the Envirobot, the critter is a biomimetic robot designed by Swiss researchers to pinpoint the source of pollution in tainted waters. Bereft of fins or propellers, Envirobot slithers through water like an eel, leaving mud and aquatic life undisturbed. Just …

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Tidal Energy — All Renewables Are Not Created Equal

Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Most everyone has heard of hydroelectric energy or hydropower, that uses a dam to store water in a reservoir.  Water released from the reservoir flows through turbines, spinning them to generate electricity. But there are other types of hydropower that harness marine currents, tidal energy and wave energy, also referred to as marine current energy. Tidal stream …

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Harvard’s HouseZero Project Will Turn Old Homes Into The Eco-Friendly Digs Of The Future

Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017

As charming as an ornate Victorian or funky mid-century home can be, their aging windows and old-fashioned insulation can wreak havoc on your energy bills. The problem is that there are a lot of decades-old houses out there, and it’s too expensive just to tear them all down and start …

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Key to speeding up carbon sequestration discovered

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Scanning electron microscopy image of calcite. Credit: Adam Subhas/Caltech Scientists at Caltech and USC have discovered a way to speed up the slow part of the chemical reaction that ultimately helps the earth to safely lock away, or sequester, carbon dioxide into the ocean. Simply adding a common enzyme to …

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These 7 Easy Energy-Saving Hacks Can Save Consumers Hundreds of Dollars Every Year

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average American’s monthly residential electric bill is $114.03. That’s almost $1,400 a year. Consumers could easily reduce that expense—and their carbon footprint—with a few simple energy-saving hacks, but according to a recent surveyconducted by SaveOnEnergy, the vast majority of Americans are doing no such …

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China plans 100 panda-shaped solar plants on new Silk Road

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

In a country where you can find everything from chopsticks to slippers designed to look like pandas, one Chinese energy company is going a step further by building 100 solar farms shaped like the bears along the route of the ambitious Belt and Road initiative. Panda Green Energy Group (0686.HK) …

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Peatlands are 2nd only to oceans in the amount of carbon they store

Posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Peatlands: Although they cover just 3% of earth’s land area, they are 2nd only to oceans in the amount of carbon they store. Peatlands, also known as bogs or mires, are neither solid ground nor water but something in between. Peat is a thick, mucky substance made up of dead …

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A cow walks onto a beach

Posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

  News that a slight dietary change could dramatically reduce the amount of environmentally harmful methane gas released by cattle has been given an enthusiastic welcome by Irish farmers. Researchers at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, found the addition of less than 2 per cent dried seaweed to a …

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World’s first floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.

Posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The towers, which stand taller than Big Ben, are floated into place.Statoil Wind power technology is growing at a rapid pace with larger turbines and more efficient design putting puff into the sails of the renewable energy industry. Now, we’re set to see the world’s first floating wind turbines anchor …

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