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Jharkhand gets first solar-powered Law University in India

Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2018

RANCHI: The National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi has become first Law University in the Country to utilize solar energy extensively for illuminating the campus spread over 63 acres of land. Chief Minister Raghubar Das inaugurated the ‘100 Kilo Watt’ solar power plant on Wednesday in …

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How to plant a clover lawn

Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2018

You don’t have to water or fertilize them as much as regular lawns. Plus, they’re magical-looking. Amy Cox remembers the first time she learned she could grow a lawn out of clovers. “Where has this been all my life?” she mused. “Why is this a secret?” Cox is a partner …

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These Windows Can Generate Electricity And Provide Insulation

Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2018

The windows of many cars and buildings often are tinted with a film that shuts out unnecessary sunlight, an energy efficiency measure that helps lower heating and cooling costs. Other types of environmentally friendly windows feature a coating of see-through solar cells that transform the windows into mini generators of …

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How Beef Farmers Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

The beef industry is currently responsible for 6 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions, making it as large a polluter as the construction sector. Eating less meat is one way to cut beef emissions. However, scientists have also started to look at ways that farmers can reduce the carbon …

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Here’s How a Mile of Chicago’s River Became a Wildlife Haven

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

If you can bypass the cheese display at the Goose Island Whole Foods in Chicago, there’s a strange sight out the building’s back doors. In the river below float 80 coconut-fiber beds, replete with native grasses, shrubs, and even river birch trees. Most days, you’ll also see Nick Wesley, co-founder …

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Missouri Farms Hold Big Potential as Carbon Storehouse

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Agriculture is vital to the state of Missouri. In 2016, Missouri agriculture, forestry and related industries put nearly 400,000 people to work and contributed more than $88 billion to the economy. But this critical sector is under threat, in part due to the increase in extreme weather events powered by …

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Old Victorian home in Brooklyn gets incredible Passive House retrofit

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Retrofitting an old house into a Passive House is a challenging feat to say the least, but when done right, it can be amazing. When Bo and Itzy decided to turn their old Victorian home in Brooklyn into a passive home, they took on the ambitious project with help from …

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Colombia pledges to produce deforestation-free chocolate

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

On July 17, Colombia signed up to the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, an effort that aims to achieve deforestation-free cocoa production, becoming the first Latin American country to make this commitment. One of the country’s largest chocolate manufacturing companies, Casa Luker, and the members of the National Cocoa Federation have …

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The world’s largest solar farm rises in the remote Egyptian desert

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

KarmSolar’s Tayebat Workers’ Village in Egypt’s Bahariya Oasis was built using local sandstone as a model of a sustainable off-grid structure that combined green energy technology with traditional local building methods. It houses up to 500 seasonal farmworkers. (Courtesy of Karmsolar) In 1913 on the outskirts of Cairo, an inventor …

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How Ancient Arts Are Inspiring Modern Electronics

Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

This stretchable electronic device’s design is inspired by the cut-paper art called kirigami. (Doug Levere/University at Buffalo) After a few decades of electronics developing at a dizzying pace – from personal computers and flip phones to wearable devices, smartphones and tablets – there are signs technological breakthroughs are stalling. For …

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