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Two Studies Reveal Amazing Resilience of Older Forests

Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018

Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but two recent studies revealed that old forests around the world are full of surprises. In Europe, scientists working to complete the first ever map of the continent’s old growth forests discovered there were more of them than previously […]

See How Fishermen Are Working Together to Protect These Lagoons

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Mauritius is a small island with a big ocean state. Fringed by a ring of coral reefs, the lagoons attract millions of tourists and provide a livelihood for more than 2,200 local artisanal fishermen. However, years of degradation has left the oceans in a fragile state. Now, fishermen from Mauritius …

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New heat pump technology heats and cools houses at lower cost

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018

There have been a number of heat pump technologies we’ve covered over the years, from the basic ground source heat pumps (which Lloyd has criticized on more than one occasion for being good at cooling, but not so much at heating) to tapping heat from sewage pipes or even our clothes dryers. While …

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‘Being the Change: A New Kind of Climate Documentary’

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A follow-up to the book by the same name, this intriguing film shows how one American family has weaned itself off fossil fuels. A year ago, I read Peter Kalmus’ inspiring book, “Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution” (New Society Publishers, 2017). The book explains how Peter, …

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Water can be 2 different liquids

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

We all know water, right? It’s two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom bonded together. We need it to live, so we try and conserve it and keep it clean. We also bottle it, flavor it and debate whether sparkling or mineral water is better. But that’s all on the …

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Revolution in quake detection technology

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Earthquakes may now become easier to detect than ever before, with the aid of developing technology. Researchers in Iceland have successfully used an existing fibre-optic communications cable to assess seismic activity. Such cables are laid beneath the ground in countries around the world, to supply internet and television service. The …

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Innovators Tackling Humanity’s Biggest Problems Seek Solutions by Studying Nature

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Alessandro Bianciardi wanted to help get fresh water to communities that needed it the most — rural farmers in areas that were hardest hit by climate change-induced drought. So when he and his team of engineers and designers at the company Planetset out to create a more affordable, scalable and radically sustainable …

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See How Termites Inspired a Building That Can Cool Itself

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

How do you cool a building without air conditioning? In nature, termites build skyscraper-like mounds that are ventilated by a complex system of tunnels. By emulating the ingenuity of termites, Zimbabwean architect Mick Pearce used an approach called biomimicry to design a natural cooling system that harnessed nature. The result …

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These wild animals can help guard your garden

Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

When you grow plants for food, you’re part of a cultural revolution that dates back more than 10,000 years. It might not seem very revolutionary today, but agriculture helped our hunting-and-gathering ancestors sow the seeds of civilization. It was almost like humanity had finally begun to wean itself off the …

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This Boot Camp Trains Young People to Fight Plastic Pollution

Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The impact of young people’s activism has not gone unnoticed. From 16-year-old Jamie Margolin leading the upcoming Zero Hour youth climate marches in Washington, DC to the lawsuit Juliana v. United States filed on behalf of 21 youths suing the government for failing to address climate change—youth are leading the way on …

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