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Greening the Earth could fight climate change as efficiently as cutting fossil fuels

Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017

Planting trees, revitalizing soil, and other natural environmental actions could prove as effective in fighting climate change as ceasing all oil use across the planet, according to new study published by an international team of scientists in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Better stewardship of the land could have …

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Solar-powered Noe Hill Smarthome is an eco-friendly dream in San Francisco

Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The LEED Platinum-certified Noe Hill Smart Ecohome marries state-of-the-art green technology and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that urban dwellers dream about. The house, designed by EAG Studio, creates a healthy living environment with plenty of natural light, native plant gardens, rain catchment, solar power and a bevy of smart features to optimize power …

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A brief history of the Earth’s CO2

Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Climate change has been described as one of the biggest problems faced by humankind. Carbon dioxide is is the primary driver of global warming. Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth’s climate. Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been …

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World’s first floating wind farm now operating in Scotland

Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017

We’ve been following the development of the Hywind floating wind farm project with great interest, and were super encouraged when it was followed by announcements of other, larger installations. By offering floating turbines that are anchored to the floor via a cable, as opposed to by expensive and difficult to install fixed foundations, …

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Stanford sodium-based battery could be more cost-effective than lithium

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

As a warming world moves from fossil fuels toward renewable solar and wind energy, industrial forecasts predict an insatiable need for battery farms to store power and provide electricity when the sky is dark and the air is still. Against that backdrop, Stanford researchers have developed a sodium-based battery that …

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Huge battery in the UK holds the energy equivalent of 500K smartphone batteries

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

A large new battery storage project could help the United Kingdom’s grid handle power from more renewable sources. The 10 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery, on the grounds of a biomass plant in Sheffield, is contained inside four 40-foot shipping containers. It can hold the same amount of energyas around 500,000 smartphone batteries. UK energy company E.ON installed the battery, called the Blackburn Meadows …

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Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

 Planting trees is one of the best ways to harness the power of nature to cut carbon emissions, says study. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international …

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Organic Food and Farm-to-Table Pioneer Alice Waters Is Creating a Revolution in School Lunches

Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

When I spoke with Alice Waters, we didn’t focus on her famed restaurant, Chez Panisse, or her profound impact on the way we eat today, starting with the concept of farm to table. Rather, we talked about her passionate, decades-long campaign to provide organic school lunches to kids across the country. Waters …

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Report identifies 6 applications for organic waste in construction

Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

  Dive Brief: The consulting firm Arup released a report on Oct. 11 detailing how organic waste could be used in construction projects to further “close the loop” and develop a more circular economy. The report mentions, for example, using potato peels as a fire-resistant insulating material and sound dampener. The report identifies six main …

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How to Start a Regenerative Agriculture Movement in Your Community

Posted on Friday, October 13th, 2017

The most important, although as of yet little known, new paradigm shift and set of practices in the world today is regenerative agriculture, or rather regenerative food, farming and land use. Regeneration practices, scaled up globally on billions of acres of farmland, pasture, and forest, have the potential to not only mitigate, but actually reverse …

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