Earth911 Inspiration: In Awe of Mother Nature

May 22, 2020 by  
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Leonardo DiCaprio says climate action is America’s "biggest economic opportunity"

December 27, 2016 by  
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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is taking President-elect Donald Trump to task on the topic of climate change. At this month’s United Nations Correspondents Association awards ceremony, DiCaprio called out a “few, very prominent people” who still deny the science on climate change – and then suggested that climate action offers America’s “biggest economic opportunity.” Hopes soared when DiCaprio met with the President-elect’s daughter , Ivanka Trump, earlier this month. The actor even met with the President-elect to clue him in on the fact that renewable energy could generate millions of jobs. But with top government positions offered to people like ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson and Energy Transfer Partners board member Rick Perry , it seems Trump refuses to acknowledge the science on climate change. Related: Leonardo DiCaprio schools Donald Trump on the benefits of renewable energy As DiCaprio received a prize at the U.N. event, he said the truth about climate change is spreading like wildfire. He said the world’s scientists have come to “overwhelming conclusions” that climate change is “largely human-caused and needs immediate urgent attention.” The actor and activist also said that “In less than 100 years of our pollution-based prosperity, we humans have put our entire existence in jeopardy.” DiCaprio’s recently released film Before the Flood is one of the most-viewed documentaries in history – and according to the actor, the impressive statistics show “just how much the world cares about the issue of climate change.” National Geographic Channel issued a press release back in early November stating the film was the “most-watched documentary in the world since 2000, and the most watched National Geographic film ever released.” DiCaprio also had a message of hope for those who fear backward environmental policies from Trump. “To those who may be discouraged by nay-sayers, let me remind you, the environmental awakening is all over the world and the progress we have made so far…has always been because of people, not governments.” The actor listed purchasing cleaner vehicles, eating smaller amounts of meat, and businesses going carbon-neutral as steps people have taken to battle climate change without the help of any government. Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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MIT’s "food computers produce reliable crops anywhere

December 27, 2016 by  
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Hunger is an ugly social menace we would love to see resolved. It looks like MIT researchers may be getting close with their new ” Food Computers ”. Advanced greenhouses that use software to control for climate, energy, and nutrients, MIT’s new system is designed to produce reliable crops just about anywhere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI56tVuDGcY Caleb Harper is the director of MIT’s Open Agricultural Initiative , a program he began after witnessing the agricultural devastation surrounding the Fukushima , Japan nuclear disaster. A food crisis impacted both the locals supply and their economic potential, due to fear of radioactive contamination. He spoke to Motherboard about developing the Food Computer, super-advanced greenhouse hardware and software that uses data analysis to create the perfect environment to grow preferred foods. Related: Beautiful, odorless tabletop ecosystem is powered with food waste The system is equipped with climate controls, grow lights, and humidifiers to encourage the growth of plants through hydroponic and aeroponic systems. Specialized “climate recipes” can be used for specific plants and unique traits, such as colors or sizes, so even the most temperamental crops can be grown anywhere in the world. “The biggest problem [in agriculture] is that we became way too centralized,” said Harper. When food must travel long distances and sit in warehouses before reaching the stores, and then the consumers, not only are nutrients lost in the process, but a lot of fossil fuels are burned along the way. Harper argues that food computers put the power of growing food in individuals’ and smaller communities’ hands, increasing food security and decreasing food waste. MIT’s food computers are all open source, so anyone can build one for themselves. They come in three different sizes: a tabletop model, a larger unit about the size of a shipping container , and the largest unit, which is as big as a warehouse. The newest generation of personal food computer costs about $2000. “The reality is most of us don’t have to come into contact with how food is being grown,” argues Harper. With a food computer in every home, that could change. +MIT Open Agricultural Initiative Via  Motherboard Images via MIT

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Zero-energy timber and steel home is buried into a natural dune

December 27, 2016 by  
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VVKH architecten designed Villa Meijendel in Doornweg, the Netherlands to a client’s custom specifications – but they also had a big helping hand from nature. Clad in timber charred Shou Sugi Ban timber, Villa Meijendel is a site-specific home that is half-buried in a high dune and largely sculpted by the forest landscape. Solar panels, heat pumps, and the high thermal mass of the building’s concrete structure helps the home produce as much energy as it consumes. The Villa Meijendel comprises three levels, two of which are partially built into the dune . The ground level contains a garage and technical room. The building’s unusual form was dictated by local regulations that only allowed a small and compact building volume on the relatively narrow lot located on the edge of the Meijendel nature reserve . The first level of the home includes two bedrooms, a master bedroom, wellness room, entrance, and office, while the topmost level includes a large living room and kitchen. Related: Prefab Dutch ‘Shou Sugi Ban’ House Features a Low-Maintenance Charred Timber Facade The home is modern and minimalist with unpolished concrete, steel, charred wood , unfinished wood, and anodized aluminum. Split levels in the house create a variety of views inside the home and out towards the landscapes through the large expanses of glazing. “Every detail, such as the door handle or stairs, is precisely thought through and designed,” write the architects. “Villa Meijendel is a fascinating artefact, a sort of wooden forest hut fully integrated in the landscape and with a strong connection between the interior spaces and immediate surroundings. Trees, light and dunes have sculpted this remarkable house.” + VVKH architecten Via ArchDaily Images via VVKH architecten

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Stanfords new humanoid robot diver explores depths too dangerous for real people

December 27, 2016 by  
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The world is filled with coral reefs that need protecting and deep sea shipwrecks worth investigating, but these actions can come with great risks to the fragile human body. Researchers at Stanford University have combined the agility of humans and the hardiness of machinery to create a revolutionary, humanoid robotic diver . OceanOne has already successfully explored a shipwreck from 1664 and is said to have limitless potential for future conservation research . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1HmgP9l4VY Described as looking like a robotic mermaid, OceanOne features a human-like face and arms with a “tail” that houses its batteries and thrusters. Its eyes allow researchers to see exactly what it sees and its arms can be fully controlled by the team sitting comfortably above water. OceanOne’s hands are the most unique feature, equipped with sensors that tell the person in control if it is grasping something heavy or light, firm or delicate. This feature is essential for careful recovery dives. Related: Engineers build robotic carp that can dive and turn like a real fish “OceanOne will be your avatar,” said Stanford computer science professor Oussama Khatib. “The intent here is to have a human diving virtually, to put the human out of harm’s way.” By creating a robot to do the work too dangerous for people, much more of the ocean can be explored and dangerous labor, like underwater oil-rig maintenance, can be completed safely. OceanOne can work in tandem with human divers or on its own. In April of this year, the robot visited the site of the 1664 shipwreck of La Lune off the southern coast of France . No humans have ever touched the remains, but OceanOne was able to give researchers a front row seat to the wreckage and recover delicate items from the site. The future will hold several more robots, who can complete highly skilled tasks together and open a whole new world of ocean exploration. +Stanford University Via Stanford News Images via YouTube (screenshot)

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Leonardo DiCaprio could be headed to Mars with SpaceX

October 5, 2016 by  
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Leonardo DiCaprio has traveled the world throughout his acting career, but if he has his way, he might just end up exploring a new planet . In a discussion at the White House on Monday where he discussed his new documentary, Before the Flood , the actor claims he’s signed up for Elon Musk’s anticipated trip to the red planet. While it’s unclear exactly how serious his remarks were, it’s hard to blame someone who cares so passionately about climate change for wanting to simply check out as global temperatures continue to blow past historical records. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbgM8Ksq4kc Di Caprio’s new film is a documentary detailing his travels, chronicling the increasing threat of climate change. In a journey from Miami to Canada, Beijing, and Indonesia , the actor witnessed our changing planet firsthand. He documented melting arctic ice and met with numerous climate scientists, experts, and world leaders. The film, created in partnership with National Geographic, will hit theaters October 21 and begin airing on the National Geographic Channel starting October 30. Related: Leonardo DiCaprio delivers passionate speech to the UN on climate change This isn’t the first controversial statement the actor has made in recent days. DiCaprio also has some strong words for climate change deniers. In a recent interview with The Guardian , DiCaprio didn’t mince words when it came to the upcoming US presidential election: “If you don’t believe in climate change, you don’t believe in facts, and science, and empirical truths. And, in my humble opinion, [you] should not be allowed to hold public office.” While the actor didn’t highlight Donald Trump by name, the statement was widely interpreted as a slam against the aspiring politician. Via Vanity Fair Images via  Christopher William Adach  and Wikimedia Commons

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Poland unveils glowing bright blue bike lane that’s charged by the sun

October 5, 2016 by  
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Poland just unveiled an amazing new bike path that glows bright blue at night! The path near Lidzbark Warminski is illuminated by phosphor, a synthetic material that lights up after it’s charged by sunlight. Studio Roosegaarde’s Starry Night bike lane inspired TPA Instytut Bada? Technicznych Sp. z o.o to create the glowing bike path. TPA Sp. z o.o. president Igor Ruttmar told Gazeta Wyborcza that the material in the bike path can emit light for around 10 hours. Each day the path collects the energy that enables it to glow at night. Board of Regional Roads in Olsztyn director Waldemar Królikowski said the luminous bike path is meant to improve the safety of people biking at night. Related: Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands According to Next Nature Network , the luminophores, or ” particles ” in the bike lane material can emit a variety of colors, and the designers picked blue to best fit in with the surrounding landscape. They also researched the sustainability of the materials they utilized, and how to make the materials as cost effective as possible since the bike lane does cost more than traditional lanes. While the Starry Night bike path provided inspiration, the technology utilized in the Polish bike lane is quite different from the Van Gogh-themed lane. Studio Roosegaarde’s bike lane drew on LEDs powered by a solar array and ” light-collecting paint .” TPA Sp. z o.o.’s bike lane doesn’t require any power sources. The bike lane is still being tested, as it is not known how long the lane will last before it begins to wear out. Via Next Nature Network and Gazeta Wyborcza Images via TPA Sp. z o.o.

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Leonardo DiCaprio uses first Oscar acceptance speech to highlight climate change

February 29, 2016 by  
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Leonardo DiCaprio has finally done it – he has scored an Oscar for his incredible performance in The Revenant. But instead of feeding the world the same old lines, he used this moment to highlight climate change and the people around the world whose voices have been drowned out by the “politics of greed.” Grab your tissues and hit the jump to see one of the most eloquent and important Oscars acceptance speeches of all time. Read the rest of Leonardo DiCaprio uses first Oscar acceptance speech to highlight climate change

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Off-grid home keeps naturally cool in the lush Australian rainforest

February 29, 2016 by  
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian-style George Sturges House to be sold at auction

December 30, 2015 by  
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Frank Lloyd Wright ‘s George Sturges House, owned by actor and playwright Jack Larson, will be auctioned on 21 February, 2016, for an estimated $2.5 million to $3 million. It is among 75 lots from the estate owned by Larson to be sold after the actor passed away in September. The residence, designed in 1939, was the first Usonian house on the West Coast and was acquired by Jack Larson and Jim Bridges in 1967. Read the rest of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian-style George Sturges House to be sold at auction

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