Rebuilding for resilience — lessons from Puerto Rico and beyond

June 27, 2018 by  
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Over the course of just a few hours, Hurricane Maria exposed how fragile Puerto Rico is. Years of underinvestment in infrastructure and the recent financial crisis let the island languish, making the devastation far worse than it would have been otherwise. The storm caused the island’s entire electric grid to fail, its network of roads and highways to be disrupted, and access to clean drinking water lost. With no shortage of ideas on how to rebuild using better, stronger and cleaner technologies, who decides what gets built? How will it all be financed?

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VERGE Talk: Seeing is believing — visualizing solutions to Hawaii’s energy challenges

June 27, 2018 by  
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One of the top data visualization experts in the country demonstrates what happens when you take Hawaii’s expansive energy data sets and present them simply and elegantly to help the state’s commissioners and policymakers make more informed decisions about models to achieve its clean energy goals.

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This bike lane in Korea is topped with 20 miles of solar panels

April 27, 2017 by  
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Is this the greenest road ever? A highway in Korea features a stunning solar-powered bike lane running right down the middle. The lane is offset, protected by barriers, and sheltered by solar panels. The lane runs from Daejeon to Sejong, a distance of around 20 miles (32 km), which is a few hours’ drive from the capital city Seoul. It’s a fantastic idea that could pave the way for similar commuting-style bike lanes in the future. + Janbaz Salehi

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Could this solar-powered bike lane in Korea inspire other countries to add one?

April 9, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. And solar panels run through it. This video, shot by a drone, shows a stretch of highway in Korea featuring a solar-powered bike lane that running right down the middle. While the lane is offset and looks safe with barriers, it is also protected with solar panels. The lane runs from Daejeon to Sejong, a distance of around 20 miles (32 km), which is a few hours’ drive from the capital city Seoul. It’s a fantastic idea if it works, it could lead the way for similar commuting-style bike lanes in the future. Via Carscoops Images via YouTube screengrab Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: grade-separated bike lane , how to make a safe bike lane , korea bikes , korean bike lane , korean solar panel bike lane , safe bike lane , solar bike lane , solar bike path , solar panel bike lane

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6 Tasty Pumpkin Seed Recipes for Healthy Fall Snacks

October 12, 2014 by  
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You’ve been to the farm or market, picked out your jack-o’-lantern pumpkins and now you’re ready to carve – but what are you going to do with all the seeds from your cleaned out pumpkins? If you are running a little low on recipe inspiration for roasted pumpkin seeds, or have maybe never even tried to make these delicious, nutrient-packed, harvest season power snacks, here are six easy, crowd-pleasing recipes to try this fall. There’s even a sweet, cinnamon-dusted recipe. Handy hint: to make the seeds easier to separate from the fibrous pumpkin innards, try soaking the pulp and seeds in water for a few hours or overnight and they’ll detach more easily. Happy snacking! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fall , halloween , how-to , Inhabitots , jack o lantern , pumpkin , Pumpkin Seeds , recipes , snacks , vegan recipes

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With Papierowe Miasto Kids Can Make Entire Towns from Recycled Paper

May 5, 2012 by  
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Looking for a fun activity that will pull your kids away from the computer and video games for a few hours? With  Papierowe Miasto’s Paper Town , designed by Robert Czajka, you and your little ones can create entire villages out of recycled cardboard. All of the pieces come in a flat pack, and all you have to do is fold along perforated lines (no glue is needed). Each set includes a variety of buildings and vehicles printed with colors, patterns and details as small as placing a driver behind the wheel of a bus. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco parenting , green kids , green parenting , papertown , Papierowe Miasto , parenting , recycled paper town , urban planning

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Begun by China

October 23, 2010 by  
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China, which shot to world leadership in turbine production after passing renewable energy legislation (together with local construction mandates) in 2005, has begun building its first off-shore wind farm in Bohai Bay, a few hours from Beijing. The engineering design and construction of what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm at 1,000 MW, according to Ordons energy news, is being undertaken by the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), It is not that unusual for offshore oil to develop offshore wind technology

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How do you make sure you use the last bit of everything?

July 8, 2010 by  
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This is cross-posted to my new frugal/growing/making/cooking blog, The Really Good Life . I’ve reached the end … of my shampoo bottle and our mayonnaise jar. And it made me wonder… Every vaguely-frugal/green family has their own tricks for getting those last bits of gloop, sauce, oil or whatever out of jars and bottles – but what are your top tips?

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Walking Around Bayview and Digesting the EIR

December 2, 2009 by  
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We spent a few hours today at Arc Ecology , slowly trying to comprehend 4000 pages of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that was recently released for our Bayview neighborhood’s “redevelopment”. If you are inspired to read it yourself, you can download the entire EIR document here on the SF Planning Department’s website . The plan is entitled: Candlestick Point- Hunters Point Shipyard Phase II Development Project (formerly known as the “Bayview Waterfront Project”) Draft EIR

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Cleantech Open Announces Winners for Hottest Green Tech Start-Ups

November 18, 2009 by  
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Image via Cleantech Open Cleantech Open is thee competition for Claifornia (and nationwide) start-ups looking to gain seed money for their ideas. The hottest new concepts for clean technology in six categories – from renewable energy to waste to energy efficiency to water use – show of their ideas, and at the end of the competition, it is announced which winners will receive a grand prize of $250,000. I spent a few hours roaming the rows of great ideas (mor…

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