Massive sinkhole in New Zealand exposes earth from 60,000 years ago

May 4, 2018 by  
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After days of heavy rain last week, some New Zealand residents got a big surprise when a massive six-story sinkhole suddenly appeared. The sinkhole is one of largest ever spotted in the country – so big, in fact, that it exposed earth from the Paleolithic era. The astonishing fissure is 656 feet long, 66 feet deep and 16 feet wide. The sinkhole opened up near a dairy farm on the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. While the farm has had nine “serious” sinkholes, known in New Zealand as “tomos,” the farmers weren’t quite prepared for something of this magnitude. The sinkhole formed along a known fault line in the area after a deluge of rain. Related: World’s largest cluster of massive sinkholes discovered in China #WATCH The incredible sinkhole that opened up on a Bay of Plenty farm is the biggest @gnsscience volcanologist @Eruptn has ever seen. It's revealed 60,000 year old soil and is threatening road access. @zacflemng reports. https://t.co/z0bJVbG00k — Checkpoint (@CheckpointRNZ) May 2, 2018 Brad Scott, a volcanologist, said that this is the largest sinkhole he’s ever seen. While images of the sinkhole might look like the aftermath of an earthquake , rain was the sole culprit. New Zealand experienced the heaviest rain it has had in 50 years, with some areas getting a month’s worth of rain in an hour. According to farm manager Colin Tremain, they plan to just leave the sinkhole as it is, because it would be a huge task to fill it. “I was watching it in the rain, huge amounts of water going in, it wasn’t even filling up with water, it’s just going straight out the bottom,” he said. Via The Mirror Image via Wikimedia

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Australian farmer fights erosion with a patchwork of geometric designs

January 20, 2016 by  
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Is it art or is it smart conservation? Sometimes, the answer is both. One farmer in South Australia is fighting back against soil erosion using a patchwork of geometric designs plowed right into his fields. Brian Fischer, who farms 60 km (37 miles) north of Adelaide, came up with a creative and visually stunning way to protect his precious topsoil in the aftermath of recent brush fires . The result is a network of carefully planned swirls that create ridges in the topsoil, and Fischer says it’s working like a charm. Read the rest of Australian farmer fights erosion with a patchwork of geometric designs

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Japan’s Mount Ontake Eruption: At Least 36 Now Feared Dead

September 29, 2014 by  
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At least 36 people are now feared dead in the aftermath of Saturday’s Mount Ontake volcanic eruption in Japan. Toxic gases are still spewing from the volcano, causing search and rescue efforts to be suspended. Twelve bodies have been reported recovered so far. The volcano erupted, seemingly without warning , shortly before midday local time on Saturday 27 September, 2014. Around 250 people were believed to be hiking on the mountain at the time of the eruption. Read the rest of Japan’s Mount Ontake Eruption: At Least 36 Now Feared Dead Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 36 people feared dead in Japan eruption , Japan , Japan Volcano , Mount Ontake , Mt Ontake , Mt Ontake eruption , natural disaster , volcanic eruption , volcano

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Alternative Possibilities in Nuclear Power

December 9, 2011 by  
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Nuclear power is still a divisive issue among EcoGeeks. It’s clean, at least from a fuel cycle carbon emissions standpoint. But it’s a reasonable question whether it is truly cost-effective once all the issues of mining and processing the fuel, and treating and storing the spent material and waste, along with the security and the public safety concerns (which carry their own not-insignificant costs). There are many who claim that nuclear power is the greenest short-term alternative to coal to reduce carbon emissions from electrical power generation. And, on the other hand, we have seen some countries move to phase-out nuclear power in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. However, Fukushima-style boiling-water reactors are not the only way to use nuclear power to produce electricity. For that matter, uranium isn’t the only nuclear fuel that could be used. There are other reactor designs and fueling methods have been explored and are under development. Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to take a look at several alternative nuclear power technologies with an EcoGeek persepctive. We aren’t going to draw any final conclusions with this one way or the other. We are advocating neither in favor of nor against any of these alternatives, nor are we for or against nuclear power, in general. This article is part of a series on alternative possibilities in nuclear power. Previously at EcoGeek: Lesson of Fukushima: No-Nukes or Pro-Nukes?

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Warren Buffett’s Utility Buying 550 MW Solar Farm

December 8, 2011 by  
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MidAmerican Energy, a utility owned by Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway, is purchasing a large solar farm in California.  The 550-MW Topaz Solar Farm is being sold by First Solar for an as-yet-unknown price, though construction costs are estimated at about $2 billion. The solar farm, located in the Carrizo Plain, is currently under construction and should be up and running by 2014.  It will use First Solar’s thin-film technology and generate enough electricity to power 160,000 homes. The Topaz solar farm is MidAmerican Energy’s first solar energy purchase, but the utility has already been big on wind, ranking as the #1 utility in America for wind power by controlling 2,909 MW of capacity. via Treehugger

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Hurricane Irene Expected to Hit NYC as Category 1 Storm with 90mph Winds on Sunday

August 27, 2011 by  
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As the threat of Hurricane Irene looms over the East Coast, we’re worried about NYC withstanding the storm.  New York’s skyscrapers are built to withstand hurricane strength winds, but we’re expecting some serious flooding throughout the city that will likely cause big problems for New Yorkers in the aftermath.  Read more about what officials think will happen and the precautions the city is taking to minimize damage. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: category one hurricane , category one storm , hurrican damage , hurrican irene forecast , hurricane evacuations , hurricane irene , hurricane irene nyc , hurricane irene path , hurricane preparations , new york city hurricane

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INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod

August 27, 2011 by  
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If you live in New York City, you may soon have the chance to check out the Waterpod , an incredible self-reliant eco-habitat, exhibition, and living space designed to showcase sustainable grassroots technology. The Waterpod just launched this Saturday, and it will now dock for public viewing at various locations in Manhattan’s five boroughs. We had the chance to conduct an exclusive interview with Lonny Grafman , the project’s sustainability advisor, about this floating model of self-sufficiency. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “wind power” , Green Building , grey water treatment wind power , greywater , inhabitat interview , lonny grafman , Lonny Grafman Interview , mary mattingly , new york city , new york city environmental issues , nyc sustainability and water , nyc water , solar , Sustainability , sustainablikity advisors , water issues , waterpod

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Fujitsu’s new solar lantern plays music too

August 23, 2011 by  
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Amit Singh: Fujitsu Solar Lantern Solar powered lantern with FM Radio Whether it is automobiles, gaming, robotics or any piece of technology you can think of, Japanese have always surprised you with their highly advanced technology. To raise the bar further, they have come up with a device which is not just ‘green’ but is also a potent disaster management utility. Fujitsu BSC has invented a solar lantern that also plays FM radio. The device holds special importance in the aftermath of March 11 earthquake and tsunami in which thousands of people lost their lives. The design of this solar panel is done keeping a post disaster, power cut scenario in mind. The solar lantern is compact and light to carry, weighing only 2 pounds. The A-1 solar lantern can be charged in two ways. One way is through the large solar panel that covers its outer surface. The other method of charging this lantern is via a USB or an AC adapter. The 6 inch cube comes fitted with 32 LED lights on all four sides. The solar lantern can provide the maximum brightness of 60,000 millicandela. The battery is designed to give maximum power backup. A fully charged battery can run up to 44 hours, providing light via all three sides. The FM radio is placed at the bottom of the device which only supports the frequency in the range of 76-90 MHz. Toshiba OLED lamp was the first one of its kind in this field. Now with the presence of Fujitsu in solar lamp market, people can expect to see some more innovations in the future. To begin with, the company has proposed to sell some 100,000 units as opposed to only 100 by Toshiba. Meanwhile, Fujitsu’s A-1 solar lantern is on sale from this week for $134. Via: Cnet

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Lesson of Fukushima: No-Nukes or Pro-Nukes?

March 14, 2011 by  
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Along with all the other news surrounding the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the nuclear power industry is also in the spotlight due to problems that have arisen at some Japanese reactor facilities in the aftermath of the disaster. It is still a developing situation, and there is far too much that is not known about the results to make any definitive, final statement about the matter

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Samsung Introduces Completely Solar-Powered, Transparent TV

March 11, 2011 by  
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At the CeBIT electronics show in Germany, Samsung unveiled their latest television prototype and it’s the coolest one yet.  The 46-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD TV is fully solar-powered and transparent! The prototype was designed to use only a tiny amount of energy and it gets all it needs from solar panels running off ambient light in the room — no need for back-up power sources.  The screen is also transparent, so while you’re seeing images on the screen, you’re also seeing whatever is behind it.  This means that it could be used in storefronts, as digital window blinds or even in car windshields. In addtion to your favorite TV shows, it can also project photos or any other data and features ten-finger touchscreen technology. via ITProPortal and Inhabitat

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