Five Questions You Should Have About Evaporation as a Renewable Energy Source

Posted on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Water-strapped cities with growing populations and energy needs could benefit the most. Greater Phoenix, for instance, is served by this reservoir and irrigation system fed by the Colorado River. (Central Arizona Project) When Ozgur Sahin and his colleagues at Columbia University started talking about evaporation generators as a source of renewable energy, our eyes bugged. […]

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7 reasons why Arctic sea ice matters

Posted on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

  Ice in the central Arctic Ocean has thinned by more than 60 percent since 1975. (Photo: Pablo Clemente-Colon/NOAA) The Arctic hasn’t been itself lately. Temperatures there are rising at twice the global rate, sparking an array of changes unlike anything seen in recorded history. One of the most striking examples is the region’s sea […]

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The Fascinating Ways Museums Prepare for Catastrophic Weather

Posted on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

When Superstorm Sandy ripped through New York City in October 2012, it did not discriminate. At the construction site of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, chief operating officer John Stanley recalls “mechanical equipment bobbing like corks” in the floodwaters. And at the Rubin Museum of Art, a few blocks uptown, and […]

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‘Breathtakingly audacious’ project aims to plant 73 million trees in Amazon

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

  Photo: Bailey Evans/Conservation International An ambitious plan by Conservation International could mean an impressive 73 million new trees will be planted over the next six years in the Brazilian region of the Amazon. Organizers of the multimillion dollar project aim to have the trees planted by 2023. The restoration spans nearly 70,000 […]

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Land use can achieve 30% of carbon cuts by 2030

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Rethinking land use – the way we exploit, manage and neglect the land – could achieve  about a third of the carbon cuts needed in the next decade. LONDON, 1 November, 2017 – Land use is often a forgotten priority, yet those of us who wish to contain global warming and avert catastrophic climate […]

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Artist Gives New Life to Flint’s Empty Water Bottles by Turning Them Into Clothing

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

  Flint, Michigan doesn’t just have a water problem—it has a water bottle problem. Ever since the 2014 lead contamination crisis, city residents have had no choice but to turn to bottled water for their daily H2O needs. The state is required to give each Flint resident 14 bottles daily, and when you multiply that with its […]

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Every Month Is Farm to School Month at This DC School

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

It’s the end of October, which means National Farm to School Month is drawing to a close. But that doesn’t matter to the students at School Within School in northeast Washington, DC—for them, it’s always farm to school month. Thanks to a farm to school tour hosted by DC Greens and the National Farm to School Network, I […]

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This ‘Bio Plastic’ Is 100% Compostable And Poised To Change The World

Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017

We can’t lie to ourselves anymore. Plastic is oil. It doesn’t biodegrade (instead it photodegrades, breaking into smaller and smaller pieces). It’s poison to animals and a scourge for our wildlands and waterways. Seriously, this stuff is the worst. The problem is that — at this moment in human history — we need it. It’s […]

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Anthony Bourdain Tackles Food Waste in New Documentary

Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017

A new documentary from chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain, WASTED! The Story of Food Waste explores both the problem of food waste in the U.S. and possible solutions from around the globe. The documentary features renowned chefs and food leaders, including Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, Danny Bowien and Dr. Judith Rodin, who demonstrate potential ways to help solve the food waste problem. […]

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Arup proposes using food waste as building materials

Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Beyond being delicious, peanuts, rice, bananas, potatoes and mushrooms have something else in common—they are all being proposed by Arup group as potential building materials in their new report titled “The Urban Bio-Loop.” THE BIOLOOP Nature becomes an endless source of feedstock for the built environment According to the authors, the report aims […]

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