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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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What you don’t know about seaweed

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

For one thing, seaweed isn’t a weed or plant. It’s actually a type of algae. (Photo: divedog/Shutterstock) One of the last things anyone wants to encounter on a beach vacation — right after sharks and jellyfish — is seaweed. Yucky, slimy, clingy seaweed. You might be surprised to learn, though, that if […]

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How to Get Carbon-Free in 10 Years

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

The Joneses are your average U.S. energy consumers. They haven’t yet upgraded to energy-efficient appliances, their house needs better insulation, and they keep the place as cool in the summer and warm in the winter as most Americans do. The two adults commute 30 miles each per day, in separate cars with average fuel efficiency, […]

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The Sherlock Holmes Method for Raising Your Recycling Savvy

Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

Daniel Dern I try to work recycling into my daily routine, but sometimes, the answer to “what do I do with this?” is less than obvious and some sleuthing is required. Like today’s detectives, those of us pursuing a green, sustainable lifestyle have […]

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Virgin Atlantic Completes First Commercial Flight on Recycled Waste Gas

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Virgin Atlantic has successfully flown and landed a commercial flight using aviation fuel partly made of waste carbon gas from a steel mill. The Boeing 747 took off from Orlando, Florida and landed in London’s Gatwick airport on Wednesday morning. The plane was powered […]

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Scottish researchers find way to target gold in e-scrap

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are developing a new compound to extract gold from used electronics. Around 7% of the world’s gold is inside e-scrap, of which less than one-third is currently salvaged, according to project leader Professor Jason Love. One tonne of gold ore contains around up to 5 grams of pure gold. […]

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The Race to Reinvent Cement

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Fast-forward Earth about a million years.Humanity has come and gone—perhaps wiped out by a pandemic or some cataclysmic event, like the dinosaurs before them. Aliens or maybe even intelligent descendants of today’s apes are digging for clues to what happened long ago. […]

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This compact wind turbine is perfect for blustery cities

Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Just ask anyone who lives in blustery Wellington, New Zealand; or Boston; Amarillo, or, of course, Chicago — cities can be incredibly windy places. But unlike rural landscapes that stretch for miles without being punctuated by tall buildings, harvesting wind for renewable energy in urban environments is mostly unfeasible. The reason is simple: conventional […]

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