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Ancient structures used to make and preserve ice in the deserts of Persia.

Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Though they look like giant clay beehives, these structures in the deserts of Persia were used to make something much more needed and much harder to come by there than honey in ancient times: ice. Yakhchāls, ancient evaporation coolers, came into being around 400 BC. The giant conical structures allowed …

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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality with Plants

Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

There are many ways in which technology can be deployed to enhance indoor air quality (IAQ), including ventilation system upgrades, humidity controls, air filtering, or recently smart home automation. So, why improve air quality with… just plants? As NASA found out in their space stations, the use of indoor plants …

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62 Edible Wild Plants That You Didnt Know You Can Eat

Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

By Colin You’re  in the woods with some friends and realise neither of you packed enough food, what’s your first instinct? I certainly wouldn’t panic and neither should you. You are probably armed with tools in your backpack. Combine that with the Earth vast variety of natural foods; you should have little problem in …

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Protected: Global Climate Summit SF 2018 – Communities Partners Platform

Posted on Thursday, August 31st, 2017

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Is This New Material a Game Changer for Thermoelectricity?

Posted on Friday, August 25th, 2017

The material—the black blocks between the two plates, pictured here—could be used with cooking pots to charge phones or jewelry to power health sensors. (Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering) By Kristen A. Schmitt You hike to an elusive camping spot, pack filled with enough gear to keep you content for …

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Australian firm unveils plan to convert carbon emissions into ‘green’ concrete

Posted on Friday, August 25th, 2017

 Mineral Carbonation International hopes to be producing 20,000 to 50,000 tonnes of the bonded material for building companies by 2020. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images An Australian pilot project capturing carbon emissions and storing them in building materials aims to have a full-scale production plant by 2020. Mineral Carbonation International, …

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Tesla’s ‘long-haul’ electric truck aims for 200 to 300 miles on a charge

Posted on Friday, August 25th, 2017

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) next month plans to unveil an electric big-rig truck with a working range of 200 to 300 miles, Reuters has learned, a sign that the electric car maker is targeting regional hauling for its entry into the commercial freight market. Chief Executive Elon Musk has promised to …

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To restore our soils, feed the microbes

Posted on Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Our soils are in trouble. Over the past century, we’ve abused them with plowing, tilling and too much fertilizer. What many think of as “just dirt” is actually an incredibly complex mixture of rock-derived minerals, plant-derived organic matter, dissolved nutrients, gases and a rich food web of interacting organisms. By …

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California rancher John Wick says the Marin Carbon Project could help save the world from climate change.

Posted on Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Truck being loaded with compost at the Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales, California, which is participating in a decade-long trial carbon farming program. Share California rancher John Wick says the Marin Carbon Project could help save the world from climate change. “How would you possibly know, looking out at this …

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Los Angeles Is Painting The Streets White

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

To combat temperatures that reach 130 -140 degrees on the road’s surface, the city of Los Angeles has started a pilot project to test out the “cool pavement.” 15 streets were covered with this asphalt-based paint-like substance to cool down the streets by about 11-13 degrees Fahrenheit and therefore cools …

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