Wildfires in Siberia are emitting enough carbon to harm the entire planet

May 16, 2018 by  
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Wildfires are raging in Russia and Siberia , and they could have drastic consequences for the entire planet. Blazes burning in the Amur region since the start of 2018 have damaged an area around six times bigger than during the same time period in 2017, according to Greenpeace — and they have released nearly twice the annual carbon emissions of Moscow in a single month. This spring, dry, warm conditions in Siberia have readied the area for wildfires, according to Earther — and in May, the fires have picked up in a big way. Local farmers sometimes light fires in Siberia to replenish soil nutrients or clear land, but winds can cause the fires to blaze out of control. And more of the #AmurOblast wildfires? #Russia ?? 09 May 2018 #Copernicus #Sentinel -2B?? Album with even more and full-size images here: https://t.co/j0NIs2BNuS #wildfire #????????????????? pic.twitter.com/ddvP1jdKTE — Pierre Markuse (@Pierre_Markuse) May 12, 2018 Related: NASA map shows how climate change has set the world on fire Following a winter with little snow and strong winds, areas in Siberia that were forests just a few decades ago have succumbed to intense wildfires. And these out-of-control fires aren’t just bad news for locals, but for people all over the Earth: experts estimate that the Amur fire has released around 110 megatons of carbon dioxide . According to Greenpeace, “Each wildfire heats up the planet. At the scale we’re seeing in Amur, that’s a large amount of CO2, and a major setback in efforts to meet Paris Climate Agreement goals.” Soot from the wildfires also doesn’t bode well for the planet. Wind can carry black carbon to Arctic ice and snow, impairing their reflective properties, which “increases the amount of solar radiation absorbed by the surface” and “accelerates the melting of snow and ice,” Greenpeace said. Humans are responsible for as much as 90 percent of wildfires — but this means they can also prevent them, by taking steps like completely extinguishing cigarettes or bonfires and never leaving fires unattended. Via Greenpeace and Earther Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Florida coral reefs plagued with mysterious disease

May 16, 2018 by  
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With coral reefs under threat worldwide, researchers in Florida are racing to understand and treat a mysterious disease that threatens to decimate the third-largest coral reef on Earth. Over the past four years, the as-yet unidentified, potentially bacterial disease has already had a significant impact on Florida’s coral species, half of which are fatally vulnerable to the disease. “When they’re affected by this, the tissue sloughs off the skeleton,” Erinn Muller, science director at Mote Marine Lab’s Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration in the Florida Keys, explained to NPR . “And we see that once a coral is infected, it usually kills the entire coral, sometimes within weeks. And it doesn’t seem to stop.” After being hired by the State of Florida to study the health of coral reefs near Miami , scientist William Precht first observed the disease moving from coral to coral, with particularly devastating effects on star and brain coral. “This is essentially equivalent to a local extinction , an ecological extirpation of these species locally,” Precht told NPR . “And when you go out and swim on the reefs of Miami-Dade County today, it would be a very rare chance encounter that you’d see some of these three or four species.” Related: Scientists made a liquid ‘umbrella’ to protect coral reefs from sun damage Researchers at Mote Marine Lab are hard at work to determine how to protect coral from the mysterious disease . “Anything from… looking at chlorine-laced epoxy as an antiseptic, and even looking at how antibiotics interact with the disease,” Muller said. “Because if it is bacterial, then antibiotics would be a way to stop it.” Mote Marine Lab is also serving as a nursery for baby coral, which are released into the wild when they are ready. At this moment, the reefs under siege will need all the help they can get. “We’re really at a critical juncture right now, where we have corals left on the reef,” said Muller. “Before we lose more corals, now is the time to start making a change.” Via NPR Images via  NOAA National Ocean Service   (1)

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Timber "Eaves House" in Japan boasts an oversized mono-pitched roof

September 8, 2016 by  
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The presence of the mono-pitched roof made it possible for the architects to create a large waffle-shaped vertical space, leaving the rest of the interior free from partitioning. Large skylights provide a large amount of natural light , while the steep, oblique roof surface protects the residents from outside views. Related: Ant House hides an innovative wood interior behind a metal-clad cube in Japan Alternating open and closed spaces create a strong dynamic and are suitable for different uses throughout the year. Installed along the perimeter of the layout, glass surfaces visually connect the garden with the interior and blur the line between the inside and the outside. + mA-style architects Photos by Kai Nakamura

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The Holonic Streetlamp is an Off-Grid Streetlight that’s Powered by the Sun and Wind

June 14, 2012 by  
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Streetlights are fixture of cities and towns across the world — they literally guide us through the night. But even new LED streetlights require a large amount of energy, because they run all night long, 365 days per year. To deal with that problem, the University of Seville in Spain has developed a streetlamp that is powered not only by the sun, but that also harnesses wind energy. <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/holonic-streetlamp-solar-wind-power/22922/"The Holonic Streetlamp , a completely off-grid streetlight that is powered by photovoltaic solar panels and a small, vertical-axis wind turbine. Read the rest of The Holonic Streetlamp is an Off-Grid Streetlight that’s Powered by the Sun and Wind Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , green lighting , holonic streetlamp , LED lighting , María Jesús Ávilais , off-grid , off-grid streetlight , renewable energy , solar streetlight , street light , university of seville

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Guy Laramee Creates Incredible Topographic Carvings on Books

June 14, 2012 by  
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Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

June 14, 2012 by  
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Massachusetts Set To Install 100 EV Charging Stations!

October 8, 2010 by  
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You’d have expected such news to come from the Prius-loving state of California , but it’s actually Massachusetts that has announced that it is going to make life easier for its EV drivers by installing 100 new  charging stations ! The project, which is expected to cost $200,000, requires local towns and cities to apply for selection over the next 60 days. Not only will it benefit those with hybrids and electric cars, but battery manufacturing companies as well.

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How can I reuse or recycle scraps of chicken wire?

May 14, 2010 by  
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We’ve had an email from Bruce: I’ve got a large amount of chicken wire leftover after conducting some work in my garden.

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How can I reduce the amount of packaging I receive in the post?

February 18, 2010 by  
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The other day, Mrs Green of My Zero Waste mentioned how happy she was to receive something in the post wrapped in newspaper rather than a bubblewrap lined envelope or plastic bag. We buy a lot of stuff online – secondhand stuff from eBay, homemade things from Etsy/Folksy, computer bits, craft supplies, clothes for us and the bajillion small people exploding from the loins of our friends etc etc – and as a result, always have a large amount of packaging lying around our office

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Toyota Makes Moves to Secure Lithium Supply in Argentina

January 21, 2010 by  
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In a move that clearly signals Toyota’s future intentions, the auto manufacturer, acting through an intermediary, has secured a deal with Argentinian lithium mining company, Orocobre, to supply a large amount of the lithium required for advanced electric car and plug-in hybrid batteries. The deal was shuttled through one of Toyota’s sister companies and main suppliers, Toyota Tsusho Corp, which is 22% owned by Toyota

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