How to Grow a Winter Kitchen Garden

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Winter is a time of snowstorms, movie nights by the fire, and…fresh, homemade salsa? At least, it can be for those willing to give indoor vegetable gardening a shot. With a little gear and know-how, a wide variety of fresh produce can be successfully grown throughout the winter. 1. Choose Wisely There are plenty […]

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Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change?

Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

German researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species. The more diverse the forest, the better it becomes at doing what forests do. Forests with a greater number of species grow at a faster rate, store more carbon, and are more resistant to pests and diseases, […]

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From Pond Scum to Food Bowl, Dutch Designers 3D-Print Algae Into Everyday Products

Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

You might not think of pond scum as something that’s good for the environment, but Dutch designers have developed a bioplastic made from algae that they hope could replace petroleum-based plastics. According to Dezeen, Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3D printing. This algae polymer can be churned into […]

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Toyota Drives the Future of Zero Emission Trucking

Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017

Toyota is building a massive power plant that will churn out 1.2 tons of hydrogen every single day. That’s enough for the daily driving needs of almost 1,500 cars. They described the project as the “world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant” – and it will allow them to power their operations at the Long Beach Port entirely with renewable […]

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NREL’s solar-powered window breaks new ground with 11% efficiency

Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, (NREL), has demonstrated a prototype of a solar powered smart window. The smart window lowers building temperatures by shifting from clear to opaque under strong sunlight. When the shift to opaque occurs, the solar prototype begins electricity production. The prototypes tested reached up to 11.3% efficiency. The solar cell […]

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Physicists Just Found a Loophole in Graphene That Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy

Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2017

By all measures, graphene shouldn’t exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of atoms act like a solid 3D material. New research has delved into graphene’s rippling, discovering a physical phenomenon on an atomic scale that could be exploited as a […]

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WWF, AHLA, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Food Waste Reduction Toolkit

Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2017

  , The hotel industry continues to pursue a food waste-free future as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Rockefeller Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) release a toolkit with strategies to help hotel properties and brands meet measurable, time-bound goals to reduce food waste. The resources are based on the results of a set of projects […]

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Cross-Industry Collaboration, Bio-Based Materials Fuel Sustainable Packaging

Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2017

  Finnish startup Sulpac has designed a 100 percent biodegradable, water- and oil-resistant cosmetic packaging from wood and natural binders. | Image credit: Sulpac , Packaging remains a considerable challenge for businesses looking to reduce their impacts, but innovators such as food-service supplier Eco-Products and Finnish startup Sulpac are helping to accelerate the transition to lower-impact models through […]

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This solar hydropanel can pull 10 liters of drinking water per day out of the air

Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

SOURCE is a solar-powered and self-contained device capable of harvesting up to 10 liters of clean drinking water per day from the air. By harvesting water vapor from the air and condensing it into liquid, atmospheric water generators can essentially pull water from the air, and these devices hold a lot of promise for providing an […]

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The zero-electricity Gentlewasher does the laundry in five minutes flat

Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

We’ve all been there – you need to wash just a few clothing items but you don’t have nearly enough for a full load of laundry. The gentlewasher offers a solution, washing clothes in five minutes with less water than washing machines and zero electricity. The hand-powered device can wash up to 12 T-shirts or eight dresses at a time, and it uses around 4.7 […]

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