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Leeds uses bubble-bins in city centre recycling push

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

Image captionBubble-blowing bins are part of a range of measures designed to encourage recycling Bins that blow bubbles and machines that offer rewards for recycling are being trialled in Leeds in a scheme launched on Tuesday. The #LeedsByExample project is claimed to be the UK’s biggest push to improve recycling outside of people’s homes. […]

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New materials are powering the battery revolution

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

Shutterstockarnyfgx Lithium ion batteries, such as the ones pictured here, are currently the most common type of battery in electronics. There are more mobile phones in the world than there are people. Nearly all of them are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the single most important component enabling the portable electronics revolution of the […]

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How a unique industry collaboration is bottling a new future for U.S. glass recycling

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

New Belgium Brewing’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is the same every year. It’s not the ingredients it uses to make its beer or the trucks that distribute its product. It’s the glass bottles. Katie Wallace, director of social and environmental responsibility for New Belgium Brewing, wanted to reduce her company’s emissions from […]

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This New Coating Could Help Keep Buildings Cool

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

As temperatures soar worldwide, how do we keep our homes and other buildings cool? The wealthier among us blast our air conditioning, which is effective, but only further harms the environment, thanks to higher energy usage. The less fortunate simply […]

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How much energy is used to heat, cool, and light our homes in different U.S. climate regions?

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Public Domain NASA/ USA lit up at night The energy used to heat interior spaces accounts for the largest share of residential energy consumption throughout most of the United States. The exceptions are parts of the south where air conditioning dominates and parts of the southwest where, surprisingly, water heating dominates. In the […]

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Restored church building has a growing congregation – of bees

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

© ZGF ZGF builds interesting hives on the roof of a fascinating building. The Sanctuary is a historic church building in Seattle, formerly the First United Methodist Church, that has been turned into an entertainment venue. As congregations shrink, many churches are lost to demolition, particularly in growing cities like Seattle. This one is particularly […]

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12 ways to get clean air without chemicals

Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Here’s how to make sure you and your family are breathing the cleanest indoor air possible. (Photo: sukiyaki/Shutterstock) Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, the quality of the air you breathe can have a big impact on your health. Studies have tied […]

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These children are saving Iceland’s lost puffins

Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

CC BY 2.0 Richadr Bartz The ‘puffin patrol’ is saving baby puffins by the handful. First of all, just to get you in the “awww” mood, there’s this: Baby puffins are called PUFFLINGS. Sorry for shouting, but I’m sure you understand. Now, about these pufflings – they are not having the best time of […]

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Innovative floating tidal power turbine generates 3 GWh of energy in its first year of testing

Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

CC BY 2.0 oneiric wanderings The floating tidal stream turbine off the coast of Scotland has proven that it can produce electricity safely and cheaply year round. Of the various renewable energy sources, tidal and wave power get less attention and fewer investments than many others. This is because of the inherent risk […]

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Fortresses of mud: how to protect the San Francisco Bay Area from rising seas

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

A view of a wetlands restoration project in Menlo Park, California.Credit: Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle/Polaris/eyevine There’s something apocalyptic about this pond on the east side of San Francisco Bay, California. The legacy of a salt industry that has moved elsewhere, it has subsided a couple of metres below the level of neighbouring marshland. Algae […]

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